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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by DavidWilson » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:01 pm

That's odd, I just wrote a long reply to Ash but it doesn't seem to be posted!
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by CharlieFarlie » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:06 pm

RAVAsher wrote:When the 4.2 was written off last year we tried to go with only one car. It was a nightmare but our circumstances are different. If I go back to around 2000 I used to drive a gorgeous Celica and at that time we used to buy brand new every 3 years and it turned out to be a waste really. The wife’s Yaris clocked 3500 miles in 3 years then we traded that in bought another new Yaris and that clocked........wait for it 2000 miles in 3 years. So at the time it was pointless.
So coming back to the present day it was a nightmare I was dropping the kids to school and that’s 3 different schools wife to work then during the day sometimes she was working at different clinics so had to drop and pick her up again back to the school run and then my hospital visits etc it was a nightmare. I just checked the mot history on the old 4.2 and that was only doing around 3-5K miles and this year the 4.3 will have done just over 10K when it goes in for its MOT and service.
I do sometimes think the wife should downsize but she won’t she loves driving the Rav and we may be considering the CH-R as she saw one and loved it but then again comes down to usage again as she only drives to work and local shopping trips where as I clock more mileage as I’m reliant on the car and clock up to 3-4 times more.
Judging by Charlie’s IQ running on fumes think I may downsize to that :s_drinks as the 4.2 don’t half like a drink


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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by DavidWilson » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:57 am

DavidWilson wrote:That's odd, I just wrote a long reply to Ash but it doesn't seem to be posted!


It happened again. I think the problem was that I was no longer on summer time .... but I don't know why!
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by DavidWilson » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:14 am

RAVAsher wrote:When the 4.2 was written off last year we tried to go with only one car. It was a nightmare but our circumstances are different. If I go back to around 2000 I used to drive a gorgeous Celica and at that time we used to buy brand new every 3 years and it turned out to be a waste really. The wife’s Yaris clocked 3500 miles in 3 years then we traded that in bought another new Yaris and that clocked........wait for it 2000 miles in 3 years. So at the time it was pointless.
So coming back to the present day it was a nightmare I was dropping the kids to school and that’s 3 different schools wife to work then during the day sometimes she was working at different clinics so had to drop and pick her up again back to the school run and then my hospital visits etc it was a nightmare. I just checked the mot history on the old 4.2 and that was only doing around 3-5K miles and this year the 4.3 will have done just over 10K when it goes in for its MOT and service.
I do sometimes think the wife should downsize but she won’t she loves driving the Rav and we may be considering the CH-R as she saw one and loved it but then again comes down to usage again as she only drives to work and local shopping trips where as I clock more mileage as I’m reliant on the car and clock up to 3-4 times more.
Judging by Charlie’s IQ running on fumes think I may downsize to that :s_drinks as the 4.2 don’t half like a drink



Yes it is all down to individual choice and personal circumstance but I do find the comments on here useful. I realise from reading your reply, Ash, that I am making two changes: down to one car and downsizing. Hoovie's point about the second car deteriorating through lack of use is pertinent and both our cars are outside these days - it would make sense to use and pay for just the one if we don't need the second car (and I don't think we do!) I hesitate to downsize but my wife says we don't need a large car these days. Rather like Charlie's comments for his iQ, the Jazz has wide opening doors, upright seats with the feel of a high driving position (my wife is having mobility issues) and super low running costs (especially if a 5 year service plan is part of the deal). The only downside to the Jazz is the image of being for old people but there do appear to be a few youngsters nipping about in them too! I hoped that the CH-R would be an alternative for us but although it looks great and is very stylish, the rear looks claustrophobic for our grandchildren.
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by Hoovie » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:28 pm

Ref your - or maybe your wifes - comment about downsizing, as you probably know I changed from a Citroen DS5 to a Vauxhall Corsa. Quite a big difference in size and perception and I did wonder if it was the right thing to do but I can honestly say I have absolutely no regrets at all and the Corsa gives me everything I need in a car despite being so much smaller.

The Honda Jazz is a masterpiece of space packaging as well as you know yourself of course, so I am sure would do admirably for a one-car household.
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by DavidWilson » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:00 pm

Hoovie wrote:Ref your - or maybe your wifes - comment about downsizing, as you probably know I changed from a Citroen DS5 to a Vauxhall Corsa. Quite a big difference in size and perception and I did wonder if it was the right thing to do but I can honestly say I have absolutely no regrets at all and the Corsa gives me everything I need in a car despite being so much smaller.

The Honda Jazz is a masterpiece of space packaging as well as you know yourself of course, so I am sure would do admirably for a one-car household.



Thanks for the reassurance :s_thumbsup
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by LDB415 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:06 pm

DavidWilson wrote: and super low running costs (especially if a 5 year service plan is part of the deal).


Most of the service plans offered to us cost more than just going for service when it's needed, especially if you have a trustworthy local shop to work with. I believe the Jazz is what they call the Fit over here. It seems to be more younger people over here although I think it's a great car for anyone. Reasonably priced and rock solid. Sounds like a very intelligent option to me.
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by DavidWilson » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:05 pm

LDB415 wrote:
DavidWilson wrote: and super low running costs (especially if a 5 year service plan is part of the deal).


Most of the service plans offered to us cost more than just going for service when it's needed, especially if you have a trustworthy local shop to work with. I believe the Jazz is what they call the Fit over here. It seems to be more younger people over here although I think it's a great car for anyone. Reasonably priced and rock solid. Sounds like a very intelligent option to me.


Yes that's the one, Jazz or Fit! I believe the 1.5 litre engine is the norm in the USA but in the U.K. we have a 1.3 litre at present. The 1.5 will be available in the new year and offer 30% more power and improved low down response - should make a big difference in a light car. :s_thumbsup

Yes, I too normally subscribe to "pay as you go" servicing but the Honda plans available in the U.K. when buying a new or used car are tremendous value. I was suspicious when I was first offered one on our CRV but they really are good and can be used at any Honda dealer.
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by LDB415 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:32 pm

I wish we had similar plans. All the ones I've seen are no bargain. They might be reasonable if they were in addition to the included 24 months 24k miles but they include that so on say a 60 months 60k miles plan you are paying for 40% of it that you already have.

We have a saying when we're happy about something or enthused about something that we're jazzed about it. It really fits here to be jazzed about your (potentially) new Jazz. I keep wishing they'd make a Fit Si with the running gear from the Civic Si. That would be an awesome fun vehicle.
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Re: Considering sharing one car with my wife

PostPosted by Hoovie » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:46 pm

we are looking to have the one car between two of us, and you are thinking maybe one jazz for the two of you.

Funnily enough we have a friend who has had two cars for herself for the last 8+ years, because even though she has a company car she loves her Jazz too much to sell it :D
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