How far are you guys driving that makes owning and maintaining a second car worth it?
I put about 100-125 miles a day, five days a week on either the Jeep or the Focus. The main reason I kept my Focus when I bought my Jeep was because it was paid for, and it gives me flexibility time-wise when I want to work on my Jeep. Its also a much better highway cruiser on road trips. I'm not saving any money. My Focus is worth more than my Jeep, so if I sold it I could buy a LOT of gas.
There are many more benefits to owning a second car than just mpg. You can do more to and have more fun in a vehicle when you don't have to worry about how you're going to get to work on Monday. I've had two vehicles since I was 19 and three since I was 25.
As a secondary vehicle my insurance (full coverage) on my yj is only like $28 a month. So there isn't much expense for me in owning two.
Agreed, my accord has many benefits over my Jeep that keeps it in my stable.
1) MPG (of course)
2) Security. When I go into Portland, or anywhere else iffy, I'd much rather park my turdbox accord with no attractive qualities in a dark lot, -over my thief magnet Jeep.
3) Driveability. It's much more comfortable and easier to drive in town with stop and go traffic.
4) Room. I can actually fit more stuff in my accord than the Jeep. Plus it obviously is better suited for hauling people around as well.
5) Piece of mind. As OCS12 said, It's nice to have something else to drive when working on Jeep projects. But more importantly to me, It's nice to have a reliable secondary vehicle as backup if needed. I also have a full size Bronco, but I wouldn't consider it efficient, reliable, or daily drive it anymore...
I got rid of my 99 dakota 5.2 5 sp. 16mpg and
got my 94 4.0 3sp auto,
70 mph on interstate 193mi used 10.5 gal.
did I mention I love my stock YJ?
of course round town and dirt roads I get ?, more gas when it gets near E
gf has 07 pony 25+ mpg hiway but won't trade her!
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