It's not often that I am ahead of any kind of trend. I am not even sure that this counts. I've written about my old Opal Kadette and my yellow VW bug--small cars that got me through the energy crisis and the escalating price of gasoline right on into the 80's (remember--went up to a dollar!). I was into small, fuel efficient vehicles while others were just rolling their eyes at my toy cars. I liked small cars--putting up with the lack of room and family loading conveniences for the ease of driving and parking.
So when it was time for the yellow car to go to the car assisted living facility, I bought a Ford Fiesta. A likeness can be seen on this video if you look quickly--except mine was white. This was a small car. Very small. Another standard transmission, stripped down model, but it definitely got us all where we needed to go. This was a time when I should have had a minivan, soccer mom kind of vehicle because I spent nearly all of my time chauffeuring kids--not to soccer but to swimming lessons and skiing and gymnastics and piano and baseball and friends' houses and trips to the mall and in between that running to the grocery store for gallons of milk and loaves of bread that I just couldn't seem to keep in the refrigerator/cupboard for more than two hours at a time.
The Fiesta did have one minor quirk. The windshield wiper motor shorted out every time it rained. This was an improvement over the Opal that completely stopped all together whenever it got wet, but still quite inconvenient in an area that gets its full share of rain. After a loooong trip home from my sister's with my two kids, driving through a pouring rain in the dark, I got it fixed. They replaced the motor and that was that. I do remember it cost about 120 dollars--about 15 bucks of which was labor charge. I was worried that it was going to be an expensive car to maintain. Remember those days? Struggling on a budget?
The Ford Fiesta disappeared from the American driving scene, but I understand that it has been reintroduced. I have not run out to get one yet. I have the soccer mom car now, although I guess it should be called a soccer grandma car. No kids to transport to various activities unless the grand kids are visiting, but it is packed up full for the trip to Florida. Maybe when we get the new place all furnished, we'll look at a smaller car.