Thanks everyone for the replies! I had not connected the dots with the failing AC units and the fact that the battery uses the AC to keep them cool. So that is a great point. Of the cars I have been looking at online none of the Carfax have mentioned replacement of the AC unit so that would be a concern.
I also just double checked the distance I would need to travel on the weekends for groceries and errands. It would be most likely just be a Saturday and Sunday run into town as I need things from the local hardware store, home improvement, and grocery store etc. It would not be a daily drive thankfully. At least that isn't the plan at the moment to be doing it daily. So I checked and I think the most common destination area I would be going is actually 19 miles one way from my house in the Ozarks. So that is making me feel a little more comfortable about the distance. Probably the last 3 or 4 miles of that is in town driving so some opportunity to maybe get some juice back on regen. And since most of the drive is 2 lane highway there will be opportunities for me to slow down and just enjoy the drive. Maybe I should paint it black or buy a black i-Miev and put a reflective triangle on the back and try to disguise it as an Amish buggy! LOL
I loved my Gen 1 Insight, and would still have it if not for a severe hail storm last year took it from me. That really is a good car for efficiency once you learn how to drive it. I do miss my Insight! So I have been car-less for a bit now. Been using my truck for the weekend runs which are really close distance wise where I live presently, but not a good replacement for the Insight.
There is just so much I like about the i-Miev simplicity and design really speak to me. Not sure why that is, but I like it. So I am hoping that it will be a fit for what I need. I have looked at the Leaf and it is a nice car, but honestly the older I get the more I treasure "simple". The Leaf has all those bells and whistles that the consumer has become used to, but that really isn't what I need. All of the new cars really are just a cluttered mess of needless complexity, buttons and gadgets that just don't add much value to my driving experience. Not to say there aren't good implementations and features that add value to the experience, but sometimes less really is more.
There are a few bells and whistles that are nice value added, but for the most part the more basic the better in my book. I am just an oddball that way I guess. I find it is really hard to make something technical and complicated "simple". To me it looks like Mitsubishi did a good job simplifying these cars and I really like that a lot. It looks like the i-Miev will be fun to hypermile.