As the title states, it's a straight forward question. Now that you've owned your VT for a little bit, if you could do it all over again (knowing what you now know from owning the car) would you still buy a VT?
I'm hoping to get some input from others who've owned their cars for at least a few months, if you've owned your VT for 4 days you're probably not fully equipped to answer this question yet.
For me, I can honestly say that I don't even know for sure yet if I would still buy a VT, knowing what I know now. Why you ask? Well first off, a big factor in buying this car for me was the fuel economy. I drive 80+ miles a day and I spend a lot of money in Gas. I was hoping this car would have saved me money over my 07 Civic Si (rated at 21/29) but i'm getting the same mileage in this, sometimes worse.
Aside from fuel economy, I really do love the car. I love the styling and I love the interior and the way it feels and all of the goodies that came standard with it. It's quite spacious for a small car and i've been able to use it as a family hauler quite well (I haul around my 1 year old son rear facing and also his 8 year old sister just fine with plenty of cargo loaded).
The only other thing that is displeasing to me about the car is of course, the suspension. I knew that the car wasn't going to handle like an FRS, clearly I know what the car is and that it has a solid rear axle. I'm not super disappointed by the car's handling, but there are times when I wished I had a more performance oriented suspension (Focus ST please).
Financially speaking, I could have bought a Focus ST for not too much more than I payed for my VT (I had a local Ford dealer offering to sell me an ST for $1,100 under MSRP). Given that it seems like both cars probably achieve the same fuel economy, that wouldn't have even been an ultimate factor and the ST would have been a better performer in both straight line performance and suspension. I'm not as big on the styling of the ST and of course you get a lesser warranty, which was another factor in my VT purchase decision.
All in all, i'm certainly not unhappy that I bought a VT, I just feel like the fuel economy ratings are Highly overstated (as i've stated in other threads). I know that most cars don't get their EPA ratings these days, but you shouldn't average 11 MPG Less than the highway rating when you drive 90% highway miles (regardless of how you drive). I've driven the snot out of other cars and got maybe 2-4 MPG less than EPA rating, not 11.