Originally Posted by ikke
Maybe a strange idea, but how about taking the best of both worlds?
I use a Mercedes E200CDI (2001) for the travel and Daihatsu Charade AWD (1987) for the village and going to the slopes. This package cost me less than for instance a Subaru WRX or an Audi A4 and costs about equal to run.
- Mercedes gives great fuel consumption and excellent comfort while driving. Relatively cheap due to the four-cilinder diesel engine.
- Daihatsu is light, four-wheel driven (never gets stuck) and it costs next to nothing to run. Easy to park. Doesn't matter if it dents a bit either. And has a GREAT appeal next to the Porsche jeeps, Audi Rs'es, BMW's and other big, heavy, troublesome parking stuff the other folks use here in Crans.
Multi-car-liability premiums aren't available at much of a discount here though, so its a bit annoying to pay for the same liability twice. I do it anyways, but it'd be difficult if I had newer vehicles.