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    New car suggestions

    I know, I know. ANOTHER 'what car?' thread. Don't hate me, this is my first one.

    Basically long story short, I'm starting a new job soon and so can afford something a little more refined than my Corsa. The plan is to put it back to near standard and sell the car and parts separately. It has its MOT in the next week or two, after which I'll start selling parts.

    My budget for a new car is no more than about 2000. I've been looking at the 1.6 16v mk4 Golf SE (fairly high spec). I can pick one up that's between 10-15 years old, sub 100k miles, lots of MOT and tax and service history for under 2000. I've done a fair amount of research on them and they seem ok bar a gearbox issue that should be sorted on one with that mileage, and a rear wiper issue that's fine as long as you keep the washer fluid topped up with a good amount of antifreeze in it.

    Just wondering if people have experience with them, or would suggest something else altogether?

    Diesel isn't out of the question but I don't do high mileage and my commute is only about 10 miles a day, and I may just cycle that anyway.

    Cheers

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    Best mate had the 1.4 mk4 and now has the 1.6 mk5, both eat fuel around town and achieve around 40mpg on a good run. Personally feel like the mk4 is quite a boring car inside and blends in with the ever day car.

    Both feel underpowered but comfort is above what the corsa gives. Certain parts can be pricy and I know on his mk4 1.4 the hydraulic lifters were in their way out which vw told him can be one of the faults at higher millage (could be different on the 1.6 mk4 but the engines are very similar)

    Have you considered other cars?
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    A friend of mine had the 1.4 and had numerous problems with that engine, but I've not read any horror stories about the 1.6 16v. I've read it's better than the 1.4 and 1.6 8v.

    Not really sure what else to consider within the price range. Astras are boring, Leons are ugly, Focus's feel cheap inside. What else is there?

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    Oh really? Fair enough mate!

    And well how about this?
    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=221250604014
    You will get the most car for your money with that, nothing comes close to value, dads got the 1.9tid and its a dream

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    I'd given Volvos a brief thought but not really looked into Saabs. Will look further, but I like that with the Golf there is a certain amount of basic modding I can do to it if I wish; I won't really get that with a Saab. Surprised at how cheap they can be though. How are they in terms of reliabilty?

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    The petrol turbos are not bad what so ever, hybrid turbos are easy to pick up along with and intercooler and exhaust a decent map will see strong power. Stick some really nice alloys on and maybe lower a little and it will look smart!

    He's had the 1.8t on an 06 plate which never missed a beat and was a good all round car with decent economy, current 1.9tid is an 04 plate which has asked for a few pricy parts after inlet failure but this was revised on the 05+ models. 47mpg on long runs and 35mpg around town, been remapped to 190bhp with 385nm of torque and it pulls like a train!

    Have you considered Alfa? This is high spec and in your budget http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=221261167629

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    Wouldn't trust Alfa reliability lol. Can't afford hefty bills so reliability needs to be quite high on the list.

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    Ahh fair enough, well I can vouch for the Saab's but they are quite big compared to the golf! I guess Alfas are a bit hit and miss then?

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    What about a VW Polo 1.4TDi?
    75bhp, 60+mpg, 40 road tax and cheap insurance.
    Make 105bhp with a remap

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    If you'll be earning more and the corsa isn't giving you hassle, could you possibly save some more money in order to broaden your search?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coleman View Post
    If you'll be earning more and the corsa isn't giving you hassle, could you possibly save some more money in order to broaden your search?
    That's another option. I wouldn't be in a huge rush to buy another car straight away anyway as I can always just be put on Sophie's insurance for the tome being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    What about a VW Polo 1.4TDi?
    75bhp, 60+mpg, 40 road tax and cheap insurance.
    Make 105bhp with a remap
    Would rather have something a bit larger. Plus I don't really want to be fiddling about with or paying for remaps.

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    Had a good look at Saabs this evening and I'm very impressed with what you can get for not much money. Unfortunately where a Golf would be around 400 to insure, the Saabs are coming out at around 600-700. Bit out of my range really.

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    I reckon you should save up a little longer, as others have said if the corsa's is still going (bar the welding) keep it going for a few more months and save more money and it will pay off to get that little extra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam_Sri View Post
    I reckon you should save up a little longer, as others have said if the corsa's is still going (bar the welding) keep it going for a few more months and save more money and it will pay off to get that little extra
    The thing is, is I don't really want to be spending much more than what I've stated regardless. Especially not on insurance.

    I completely understand and agree with what you've said, however I won't go into the ins and outs of everything but it will be hard for me to save any money from my earnings for potentially the first few months, but I do get a starting bonus which will be able to go towards a car.

    This is why I'm relatively limited. However I have just stumbled across the Yaris 1.5 T Sport, which although isn't very big, seems to offer good performance coupled with strong reliability.

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    I do like the Yaris as well but i'd take the Polo tdi still over one personally. A lot comfier seats and more refined,
    What attracts you to the Yaris?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    I do like the Yaris as well but i'd take the Polo tdi still over one personally. A lot comfier seats and more refined,
    What attracts you to the Yaris?
    Reliability and performance mainly. Can insure one for about 400, and they have a sub 9 second 0-60 whilst still averaging over 40mpg if Parkers is anything to go by. Just fairly impressive stats for a cheap and little car.

    Take this one for example (excuse the alloys):

    Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-i T Sport 3dr SAT NAV,SUNROOF 2001

    Not bad for the price I don't think.

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    That seems a good all rounder to be honest.

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    One thing that moved me away from the Golf was the milage was always high for the price compared to anything else, and I was looking for low milage cars. I understand why, they are supposed to be built better, but what happens when something does go wrong. Are the parts more expensive? Might be worth looking on eBay at random parts and see what they go for, just to judge if you could afford a breakdown.

    All in all though, I've only heard good things for Golfs. Just not my cuppa tea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    That seems a good all rounder to be honest.
    Yeah was quite impressed actually. Not exactly the slightly larger car I was after lol, but it does tick a lot of boxes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowden View Post
    One thing that moved me away from the Golf was the milage was always high for the price compared to anything else, and I was looking for low milage cars. I understand why, they are supposed to be built better, but what happens when something does go wrong. Are the parts more expensive? Might be worth looking on eBay at random parts and see what they go for, just to judge if you could afford a breakdown.

    All in all though, I've only heard good things for Golfs. Just not my cuppa tea
    Yeah the price of parts is something I'll take into consideration. Ideally I don't want it breaking down at all, obviously, but general service items you can't avoid buying need to be reasonable.

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