Secondhand car recommendations

  1. Ashley Burton

    Ashley Burton Member

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    Some good suggestions so far, I would avoid anything French or Vauxhall.
     
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  2. dobbslc

    dobbslc Forum Supporter

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    And don't forget that Nissans have Renault engines......
     
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  3. Climber

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    Interestingly, although probably not to anyone else, in over 25 years of driving I've never once owned an automatic, or a diesel car for that matter.
     
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  4. Ashley Burton

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    + Mercedes :laughing:
     
  5. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    I cant stand finance but if swmbo insists on it you may as well buy new and get an interest free deal . Example,there are loads of similar deals and you can at least fire it back at the main dealers if problems occur.

    https://www.skoda.co.uk/car-finance...VCLLtCh0kkAerEAAYASAAEgIIOvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Bob
     
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  6. visor_down

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    This is the problem trying to find an automatic these days, so many have gone to semi automatic boxes basically a manual box with 'robotic' clutch actuator and in my experience these are rubbish with astronomical repair bills when they go wrong. Not sure who makes a decent auto anymore ?
     
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  7. I would either keep and spruce up the van, or go for something older with a decent gearbox like the Granada / Scorpio, Sierra, Mundano maybe? Might need a little tittivation to make it smart, but it will save you getting in hock for £10K.
     
  8. dobbslc

    dobbslc Forum Supporter

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    Think of rather go in for 10K than mess about with rust buckets!
     
  9. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    in reverse order:

    volvo.v70
    mazda 6
    toyota avensis
    lexus sportcross is200

    on a 0x or 5x plate

    would be my shortlist - in estate. There are saloon versions available, with slightly different model names.
    all sub £2000
     
  10. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    modern(ish) cars dont really seem to suffer as much. as long as you dont buy one from near the coast.
     
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  11. dobbslc

    dobbslc Forum Supporter

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    ^^^^ A Sierra or Granada aren't modern in any way! They will be rust buckets and a total time drain!
     
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  12. johnser

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    Can't fault the E46 320d touring I have. Regularly gets 50mpg (measured) and is nice to drive.

    Trouble is I don't think the newer ones are so reliable.
     
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  13. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    VERY much agree. sorry.
     
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  14. Iv got a nice 09 Impreza up for grabs they never miss a beat;)
     
  15. Bryan Williams

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    Sorry, l slipped up with the wording, by auto I just meant automobile..
    Anyway had a foray into the car supermarkets today saw a 15 focus estate, so went and had a test drive, nice motor, did all the usual tyre kicking, went and sat down to talk about it. Spent the next hour or so with them trying to sell me finance, told them I had everything arranged but it was like buying double glazing, in the end I managed to get the a print out of the HPI as they thought I was signing.
    It showed these anomalies.
    On the 28 November 2015 it did 5426 in one day ..?
    Then 7 month later June 2016 2847miles.
    Then 2 years later by July 2018 18645
    Then from July 2018 to July 2019
    It does 1972 miles

    Them from 30July to 16 Sept 2019 it loses 491 miles.
    After pointing this out the manager said it was probably typos, cars go in for service and garages might say "oh I think it's done say1500 miles," and put that down..
    They really tried to make light of it and tried to assure me that the car had a string of stringent tests that it passed. I walked away.
    Was I right? IMG_20191012_173847.jpg IMG_20191012_173838.jpg Screenshot_20191012_112847_com.android.chrome.jpg
     
  16. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    i wouldnt have even gone in, to be honest.
    i'd rather have a 2k car, and 200 quid a month to sort out "niggles" - which if you pick the right one, will be minor.

    for that budget, i'd buy a lexus ls300 for about 1k, and spend the 200/mnth on petrol.

    but.. to answer your specific question, no. the small mileage discrepancies wouldnt bother me:
    theres lots of reasons why it wouldnt tally up, none of them worrying as long as the VIN matches, and the condition is ok.
     
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  17. Bryan Williams

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    Good point, although I already have a 2 grand van to keep on the road and not enough time..
    I am struggling with the concept of spending money myself but missus pressure and the fact that I have to pick customers up for work is the problem.
    I hate buying vehicles.
     
  18. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    go test drive a mk3 lexus gs300 (2001-2005).
    trust me.

    i bought the cheapest most battered example i could find, 7 years ago.
    never had a problem with it. never failed an MOT.
    drives better than exgf's brand new ford ghia titanum x mummybus - and i didnt get "lucky" - theyre all like that.
     
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  19. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I reckon so.
     
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  20. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Understand from 2 tecks that the DSG is OK if serviced correctly. think 80k for oil & filter, they both said they did theirs at 60K the oil is pricey.
    Still cant get my head round these high mileage oil changes either engine or gearbox, & things with no drain plugs:doh:
     
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