Being of sound body
AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Welcome to AO and in answer to your question you have to ask yourself some questions about how you drive.
We were seriously thinking of one of these for MrsJim when they came out because her new job was now a 60 mile round commute instead of about 9 and it seemed a good idea.
Dave Brown at Bauer Millett was kind enough to bring around their then brand new demonstrator for me to drive and to arrange a longer test drive for MrsJim.
It sounds great but it is fairly slow and you have to drive it very, very gently and to the shift lights or you will end up with a slow car yielding poor economy. On Lisa's test she basically got about 30mpg in town and Dave was honest enough to say she is too enthusiastic a driver to get any benefit from it so we ended up with a 135MA instead - which she loves, incidentally.
If you can do a Driving Miss Daisy all the time you'll have an addictive, rorty sounding and economical car...if not you'll probably resent the poor economy and so-so performance but I suggest you have a good test drive.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
2008-15 New 159Ti experience: overwhelmingly positive. Reliable and fun over nearly 100k.
6/9/12 - 15 New Mito 135MA Distinctive - 100% reliable 37k