Car buying deals and advice Page 2

  • nickthegun 28 Dec 2014 20:02:00 78,076 posts
    Seen 6 minutes ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    iancognito wrote:
    4000 was a lot of money back then.
    The mists of time when PhoenixFlames was spending 1500 quid on a tarted up shopping trolley, rather than pretending he had a BMW.
  • mothercruncher 28 Dec 2014 20:41:29 16,266 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    Er, an automatic BMW.
  • Load_2.0 28 Dec 2014 20:43:27 29,486 posts
    Seen 6 minutes ago
    Registered 16 years ago
    Blew the car budget on a couch.
  • mrpon 28 Dec 2014 20:44:14 35,276 posts
    Seen 5 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    And beer.

    Natch.
  • askew 28 Dec 2014 21:17:24 19,288 posts
    Seen 2 hours ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    nickthegun wrote:
    iancognito wrote:
    4000 was a lot of money back then.
    The mists of time when PhoenixFlames was spending 1500 quid on a tarted up shopping trolley, rather than pretending he had a BMW.
    I was thinking that.
  • mothercruncher 6 Jan 2015 19:08:57 16,266 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    I nabbed a nice MX-5 last weekend. Day off today and have been making friends with it, you know, gently wiping with various ridiculously priced cleaning products, RTFM to find out how the bloody stereo works etc.
    Took it for a drive this afternoon- it's like a little go-kart, incredibly pointy. It's a small, cheap, mechanically simple car that is beautifully balanced, has a gorgeous gear change and genuinely does offer fun at reasonable speeds. Did a hack around the gloucestershire B roads and, at one point, thought "man, I am FLYING, must slow down" through one corner. Looked down- doing 50mph.
    Most fun though was easily at quiet T-junctions. It's so easy to slide the back out slightly as you pull off, Magnum PI style.
    It'll very much do for either a couple of summers, or when I get three points on my license, then I'll trade it for something more boring.
  • askew 6 Jan 2015 20:08:59 19,288 posts
    Seen 2 hours ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    :D Glad you're liking it.
  • ibenam 6 Jan 2015 21:50:50 3,207 posts
    Seen 7 hours ago
    Registered 12 years ago
    mothercruncher wrote:
    I nabbed a nice MX-5 last weekend. Day off today and have been making friends with it, you know, gently wiping with various ridiculously priced cleaning products, RTFM to find out how the bloody stereo works etc.
    Took it for a drive this afternoon- it's like a little go-kart, incredibly pointy. It's a small, cheap, mechanically simple car that is beautifully balanced, has a gorgeous gear change and genuinely does offer fun at reasonable speeds. Did a hack around the gloucestershire B roads and, at one point, thought "man, I am FLYING, must slow down" through one corner. Looked down- doing 50mph.
    Most fun though was easily at quiet T-junctions. It's so easy to slide the back out slightly as you pull off, Magnum PI style.
    It'll very much do for either a couple of summers, or when I get three points on my license, then I'll trade it for something more boring.
    Didn't know you were female ;)

    Just kidding their great cars and reliable.
  • retro74 6 Jan 2015 22:02:33 2,856 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    @mothercruncher great stuff. Big fan of MX-5s, my dad used to have one (well a Eunos Roadster to be precise as it was an import)

    I have a Clio Trophy as my weekend toy, it's a super little car, one of the best I've ever driven
  • mothercruncher 10 Jan 2015 09:24:45 16,266 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    Ta folks.
    Having drive a perfectly reliable but dull diesel box for many years, in order to get a house deposit together, I'd sort of forgotten how much fun motoring can be. Find myself browsing forums and wondering whether a Pipercross air filter, or a K&N would improve induction noise more and whether I really ought to fit that lower brace in order to make the most of the car, jesus :champ:
    Worst of all, got up this morning and was really aggravated it'll be wet today because that means I can't wash it again ;)
  • mothercruncher 10 Jan 2015 09:25:06 16,266 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    In my high heels.
  • samharper 2 Apr 2015 21:50:26 1,119 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but I am stuck.

    I'm upgrading from a Peugeot 107 (2011, bottom of the range but served me well) to a supermini. It's got to be 8000 (up to 3 years old) or under, and I would like to keep the road tax at 110 at the very maximum. I've test driven a Fiesta 1.0, a Polo 1.2 and an i20 1.2.

    I have literally no idea what to get, the sector is so crowded and there's some proper shite in there. The Fiesta felt a bit crap to be in (very plastic) but it was surprisingly rapid, the Polo was lovely on the inside but a bit cramped and the i20 was huge but pretty slow. I drove a Fabia, but it turned out the dealer gave me a top of the range one to try, the lower models get a bit... cheap.
  • elstoof 2 Apr 2015 22:18:31 23,418 posts
    Seen 15 minutes ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    Could get a very decent Citroen C3 for well under 8k, they're plenty big inside.
  • wrinkly 2 Apr 2015 22:23:02 3,721 posts
    Seen 1 month ago
    Registered 5 years ago
    If you want some good reviews and advice have a look at Pistonheads. The cars for sale section is worth looking at too. Generally (if they are members) you can rely on their integrity and that the cars have been looked after.

    http://www.pistonheads.com/
  • retro74 2 Apr 2015 22:29:35 2,856 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    @samharper what about a Suzuki Swift? At your budget you could get a relatively new one and they are pretty sporty in certain trims with decent levels of kit
  • elstoof 2 Apr 2015 22:42:46 23,418 posts
    Seen 15 minutes ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    If he thought the Fiesta was a bit crap and plastic inside, I doubt a Swift will fit the bill.
  • retro74 2 Apr 2015 23:17:30 2,856 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    @elstoof all these level cars other than a VW will be cheap inside but he didn't say it was an issue

    Ford and Suzuki will be as cheap as each other. My old Focus ST was cheap as anything in the cockpit but it didn't stop it being a good drive
  • elstoof 2 Apr 2015 23:27:30 23,418 posts
    Seen 15 minutes ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    *sigh* ok.

    The Fiesta felt a bit crap to be in (very plastic)
  • retro74 2 Apr 2015 23:41:39 2,856 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    Yes I read that but it doesn't mean it would prevent a purchase. My Focus was crap inside but not an issue

    It depends what you want from a car
  • samharper 3 Apr 2015 00:05:39 1,119 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    It won't prevent a purchase, but I'm going to have the car for a very, very long time (possibly 7+ years) so I want something nice. I'm aware the Volkswagen has a very nice trim level for its class, I'm going test driving again tomorrow so I'll see if I can get a hold of a Swift or a C3. Thanks all :)
  • samharper 3 Apr 2015 00:07:31 1,119 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    As an aside, my main issue at the moment is the 107 is very noisy inside, and hills are a constant battle, as is motorway overtaking. My one doesn't even have a rev counter so anything is a step up. My issue with the interior of the Ford is that all the models I can find are on the upper end of my budget, and it's just not very nice to be inside.

    Edited by samharper at 00:12:06 03-04-2015
  • Deleted user 3 April 2015 05:24:54
    Toyota Yaris? Pretty dull car, but very reliable, lots of space, very good mpg, tiny road tax and surprisingly nippy.

    Mines done 120,000 miles without a problem and still does 59 miles to the gallon.

    Just pretty dull to drive.
  • mothercruncher 3 Apr 2015 06:49:16 16,266 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    Sporty Skoda Fabia?
  • elstoof 3 Apr 2015 07:49:32 23,418 posts
    Seen 15 minutes ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    samharper wrote:
    my main issue at the moment is the 107 is very noisy inside, and hills are a constant battle, as is motorway overtaking.
    Those are the two main complaints of the Swift - apart from an interior that'll make you think the Fiesta is plush - so make sure you get to work the engine on some fast roads.
  • retro74 3 Apr 2015 09:18:23 2,856 posts
    Seen 6 hours ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    If you're keeping it for a long time the Fiesta and Polo are the safe bets. Fiesta is the best car in the class

    Could consider a Mazda 2 also

    Best to put down your main requirements on a list (fuel economy, performance, running costs etc) then prioritise them and score each car. No one car will be perfect but several will come close
  • motti82 3 Apr 2015 16:02:55 3,324 posts
    Seen 3 months ago
    Registered 12 years ago
    I'd definitely look at a mid spec Fabia. Skoda still get a bad rep but they are essentially a VW in everything but badge. Cheap insurance as well. I'm tempted to get one for a run around. What I'd love ideally would be a weekend toy like a Honda S2000 or a CRZ but I'm not made of money sadly.
  • robc84 18 Apr 2015 18:29:43 13,604 posts
    Seen 9 minutes ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    So we are looking to become a 2 car family, and have decided on a honda civic.

    We've been to see a few, and found a reasonably priced one (well, for a main dealer anyway).

    It's 2009 (59), automatic, 44k miles, decent condition, a few bells and whistles (panoramic roof, cruise control etc). It comes with one year warranty as it's a honda dealer.

    It was up for 7,990, i've agreed in principle 7,500 but said i had another one to look at tomorrow and would get back to him with a final decision by Monday (he is holding it for me).

    So any tips on final checks / negotiations? Minimum i want is 7,500 all in (mats, rfl etc).

    It's a big decision, which generally I'm not very good at :D
  • robc84 18 Apr 2015 18:39:09 13,604 posts
    Seen 9 minutes ago
    Registered 7 years ago
    Well i get the years warranty which gives me a bit of piece of mind on that front....
Log in or register to reply

Sometimes posts may contain links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.