Yeah I use mine every few weeks, it'll sit for a couple of months outside in the winter, and I can just jump in and drive it to wherever. It never behaves any differently. I do tinker sometimes though Anyway, I think tinkering isn't what the OP needs, so an older car that needs a bit of maintenance, in the middle of Paris, might be unsuitable. I still think a 190 could possibly work if a good one. And the low purchase price compared to a newer economical car might offset fuel costs.