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£3k on a car what to get?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by FeFiDoh, 25 Apr 2010.

  1. FeFiDoh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

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    Location: Swindon

    Driving around a £900 fiesta at the minute its done me proud I must say but feel its probably about time to get something a little more modern.

    Have around £3k to spend I guess have looked at the new fiestas they seem quite nice, tempted by a ford focus as well other than that im not really sure what to get :s
     
  2. Voltjunkie

    Hitman

    Joined: 9 Apr 2009

    Posts: 718

    I was driving an £800 15 year old Fiesta until I recently bought myself a 7 year old Focus and I'm very happy with the decision.
     
  3. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,388

    You wont get a new Fiesta for £3k, they have only been around for 18 months.
     
  4. Tute

    Capodecina

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    Location: Devon, UK

    What's your insurance situation - I see you're 25 in your profile, but do you have a stack of NCB or are you a relatively new driver?

    Also what are you looking for? High mileage? Fun? etc.
     
  5. WantoN

    Capodecina

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    Location: Hampshire

    Absolutely love my focus. If you can afford the insurance and the mpg I'd recommend the 2.0ltr :)

    Ant :cool:
     
  6. FeFiDoh

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Swindon

    Can get a newer plate fiesta than mine at least for a decent price but thinking about something a bit bigger hence a focus. They seem to get reviewed well.

    Not after anything for fun its merely commuting to/from work and usual potting about I have a motorbike as well so cars are a tool to keep dry but id still like something relatively nice.

    3yrs NCB coming upto 4 shortly
     
  7. Tute

    Capodecina

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    Location: Devon, UK

    I'd say Focus or Mondeo.
     
  8. FeFiDoh

    Sgarrista

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    how much would I be looking at for a focus roughly?
     
  9. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    Old good one - 2-3k. Newer good one - 5k+.
     
  10. FeFiDoh

    Sgarrista

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    Posts: 7,597

    Location: Swindon

    What model should I be looking at bit confused with the Fords.

    I know the Zetecs are the sportier ones better engines arent they?
    Ghias are fully loaded? Leather and trip comps etc...

    Whats the LX?
     
  11. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    LX is below Zetec.

    Zetecs don't have better engines.

    Sportier if you think that wikid alloys and shiny bits make it sportier. I think they may also have 'sportier' suspension compared to the other trims.
     
  12. Robdav

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    poverty spec lol... LX on the old school fords was pretty much bottom rung, unless they did studio or style type version back then but I doubt that.
     
  13. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    They did. It was called 'CL'.
     
  14. Morba

    Caporegime

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    Location: Krispy Kreme drive thru

    If it's just a tool, why spend 3k?
    £1500 will get you a good mondeo
     
  15. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    Depends how you define good. £1500 will get him a okay Mondeo, in my book. One with a scrape here, a scrape there, no real service history, perhaps a missing key and a lock that doesn't work.

    That's assuming we're on about mk3. £1500 will get you a good mk2, certainly.
     
  16. Cristian

    Wise Guy

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    engines are the same all across on focuses.
    zetec has got bigger alloys and sportier suspension, better seat trim than CL
    ghia is the "loaded" on with the horrible wooden centre console.

    2k will get you a decent well equipped 2.0 focus if you look around.
     
  17. Morba

    Caporegime

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    So what if it's had a few scrapes? It's a work tool. It doesn't need to look special or be in pristine condition.
    Also, are you saying all cars under 1500 will have no real service history?what do you define as 'no real'???
     
  18. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    What? I never said it did. The OP didn't say he was looking for a bang for buck work tool.

    No, but a larger number of sub £1500 cars will have no service history/docs other than the V5 than cars over that price.

    I define no real service history as no maintanence schedule filled in or no documents whatsoever. But the owner/seller says it's had a service or something equally vague.
     
  19. Morba

    Caporegime

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    But we are talking about cars around 7 years old, not 15.
    No reason for them to have no history.

    Also, he has stated that it's for commuting and general pottering around. He has a bike for fun
     
  20. Captain_Slick

    Wise Guy

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    £1500 doesn't buy a 7 year old car.

    I'd be happier if every car had service history. Doesn't change the fact that an alarming number don't.

    Stating that it's just for commuting and general pottering around isn't the same as asking for a work tool for moving him and stuff around.