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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 4:52:50 AM

Paul Elio is the driving force behind what might become the most sensational automotive innovation in fuel efficiency and design: the Elio. (That's pronounced ee-lee-oh.) It's a three-wheeled vehicle built on a reverse tricycle platform but enclosed like a standard four-wheeled auto. It may sound unusual, but the Elio costs $6800, can reach a top speed of 107 mph, and gets an estimated 84 mpg.What does the car have to offer for today's buyer?

A lot. It gets 84 miles per gallon. It has a five-star crash rating and a price tag of $6800. There are 95 million cars out there that are 11 years or older, and buying one of these is a lot cheaper than driving around an old clunker.

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PoppaK613
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:34:30 PM

cheap enough. I'll take two please
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:30:43 PM

nice city car.
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BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:44:28 PM


Give me an Ultralight "Revo" flying three wheeler.
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TXCRZ
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:29:22 PM

Very cool!
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BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:36:09 AM


We'll see. Looks like the Aptera didn't make it.
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us412
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:24:59 AM

Very personal transportation. It doesn't look like or remind me of anything I can remember seeing. Not your car pool people mover, no.
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2granny
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:48:59 AM

Not a family car.
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cssco
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:45:57 AM

I do not believe confidence in the vehicle would last beyond the back nine and not make it at all on a real highway. Disappointing in that it looks like a friendly machine while in its own environment which isn't along side real machines at highway speeds. Snow and Ice must also be hugh enemies of this three wheeler.
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muquee
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:43:13 AM

What are the down sides.
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skempton
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:42:21 AM

Another golf cart model except it won't carry a bag of clubs.
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Onegicop
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:41:03 AM

For a commuter car to go to and from work I think it's a great idea. The fuel cost savings alone would pay for it pretty fast with a $6800 sticker price.
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dondee118
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:40:33 AM

Oh, and the payload is one bag of groceries.
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TimTim
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:39:16 AM

Seems very cool!!!:)
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:39:12 AM

I like 4 wheels under me.
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traumer
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:39:10 AM

Just have to wait and see what becomes of it.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:37:55 AM

Best of luck! I suspect there is a market and that price point might find it!
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:36:38 AM

Nice
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:35:37 AM

I'd consider buying one, it could be used for going to work or making short errand runs around town...
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:35:17 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:33:09 AM

I will stick with the four wheel models
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:32:30 AM

where do you put the spare? is it fast enough to not hinder traffic?
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mygaz
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:32:22 AM

It has a five-star crash rating----I would like to see who did the testing.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:31:19 AM

Wouldn't fit me and my family tho ..
But I think it's a good idea.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:31:11 AM

Don't think it will catch on here.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:30:48 AM

hmmmmmmm...
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:30:26 AM

Sounds too dangerous
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:29:38 AM

not a family car
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:29:08 AM


May be good for city driving.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:28:47 AM

That's one stupid looking car.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:28:21 AM

and then the streets of NYC will look like the streets of Singapore...
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:28:18 AM

That's amazing.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:27:28 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:27:21 AM

Interesting. I don't thing for me, but interesting.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:27:08 AM

Would be great around city driving
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:26:19 AM

like a can-am cycle......enclosed
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:25:12 AM

AC?
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:24:48 AM

watch out for cross winds and large trucks. I got in a traffic slowdown/ backup because a Smart car driver was doing 55 in a 75.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:24:42 AM

maybe
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:24:12 AM

City vehicle.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:23:28 AM

Good for him.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:23:26 AM

maybe good for city
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:22:12 AM

Saw a motorcycle powered version of this some 30 years ago.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:21:07 AM

Could use one right now, to drive to and from work.

Could use one right now, to visit friends and relatives more often.

Could use one right now, to drive more often than surf the internet.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:19:57 AM

Keep it.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:19:43 AM

Uh huh -- and look up at the tires of the 18-wheeler passing you on the freeway
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:19:26 AM

cute, but probably destined to go the way of Smart4Two.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:19:21 AM

I will stick with the four wheel models
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:18:51 AM

If it has a 5-star crash rating, it should be safer than its competitor, a motor scooter.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:18:51 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:18:49 AM

Sounds good for people that live in a city.
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