I know this won't be much help as I don't know anyone who as the econetic, but I did own a new Fiesta Zetec alittle while ago. Firstly the fuel economy was brilliant, bearing in mind this was a 'normal' Fiesta, I was getting around 60mpg, secondly the insurance was really cheap, about £120 per year for Comprehensive and thirdly it's a cracking drive. I'm not sure whether Ford are still offering deals on the econetic but your friends could try visiting a couple of dealers and see what they have to offer. Oh and fourth, the tax was really cheap too, £35 per year, I believe the econetic is road tax-free!!