Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Scooter Vs Car
Back in 2000, I got my first real car. A real car- one that is purchased and paid for by the owner, not one received from parents or grandparents because it sucks. It was a 1996 Acura Integra SE. The SE model has an upgraded suspension, but not the top engine. I got it for a great price with all the modification I could ever ask for. It was lowered about an inch and had a catback exhaust system. There was a high flow intake system and a short throw shifter kit. In addition, I installed headers and an MSD ignition system.
This car was fun to drive. The exhaust was loud and the car seemed fast (it wasn’t really).
I drove that beast 50000 in the four years I owned it. In 2004, I sold my beloved car for a vehicle that was more economical; I got a scooter, a Yamaha Vino 125 to be exact. I purchased the scooter 26 months ago and it will have 9000 miles soon. The mileage may communicate that I don’t drive it much, but on the contrary, it is my primary mode of transportation.
Recently I have been thinking about the contrast between these vehicles and have wondered how much I have saved by owning the scooter. Therefore, I came up with this list of differences and some stat on cost.
Vehicle Passenger Capacity:
Integra: Four seats (comfortably with adults in the front seats)
Vino: Two passengers (one if you want to keep up the speed)
Integra: 128 MPH (on the way to Vegas)
Vino: 55 (down hill with the help of wind)
Integra: 13.1 gallons
Vino: 1.093 gallons
Insurance for Six Months-
Integra: No problem
Vino: Only if you are stupid (not legal either)
Integra: 1.8 Liter or 1800cc
Vino: 0.125 Liter or 125cc
Integra: Five speed manual
Vino: One speed auto
Vino: Forget about it
Fun to Drive-
Vino: Cold day-Low
Warm day-Point A to B (higher then cold day)
Hot day- Driving down the 101, Glorious
Stats over two year period, 9000 miles driven
Integra: $512*4 = $2048
Vino: $88*4 = $352
Gas at $2.50-
Integra: 9000/25 = 360 gallons, 360*2.50 = $900 in gas
Vino: 9000/75 = 120 gallons, 120*2.5 = $300 in gas
Geoff G you know you want a scooter too!
Posted by Magnitude at 3:29 PM