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automatic for 2k?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by c0caine, 15 May 2006.

  1. c0caine

    Gangster

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    Location: stoke

    Someone I know is after a new car for roundabout the 2k mark but it must be an automatic. I know nothing about automatics so i dont know what really to suggest. any ideas?
     
  2. dadofsam

    Hitman

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    Location: London

    Without knowing his needs its very difficult to say, however we ahve a saab 9000 CSE auto in the family and put simply its an incredible car for the price, as little as £1k now, but for the money you pay you get an incredible car, spec etc.
    So thats my only real suggestion until further criteria are listed
     
  3. c0caine

    Gangster

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    sorry I was a bit vague(sp?) It must have 4 doors, as many toys as possible and around a 1.8 sized engine.
     
  4. [TW]Fox

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    Something like a Nissan Primera.

    Buying an automatic for this sort of money is really difficult and should be done with care becuase most old autoboxes are a timebomb waiting to blow a 4 figure dent in your wallet. It is for this reason that I cannot recommend a Mondeo.
     
  5. c0caine

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    I thought about a mondeo as i own but are the automatics any good? And what trim level do the automatics come in? ghia x?
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    No, the automatics are not very good, mainly becuase they tend to lunch themselves at between 70k and 130k miles and are very expensive to then fix.

    Shame as the rest of the car is excellent and unrivalled value for money but I cannot recommend them in automatic form.
     
  7. Sagalout

    Soldato

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    Location: Harrogate

    Automatic? £2k you say? Well, as long as you arent wanting stellar performance I can highly recommend my own car (its not for sale mind ;))

    £1900 bought me a '97 C200 Elegance automatic (2ltr). Trim has the major stuff - Aircon, Cruise control, CD player etc and build quality is stonkingly good as long long as you get a well maintained one. They dont suffer from all the problems that the later (W203) ones had and as one car review said, 'it feels like the interior has been carved from solid graphite'.

    Its not a slow car, and on the motorway its very relaxing pulling 90mph at just under 3K revs, but its obviously no pocket rocket.

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  8. Axeboy

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    Mitsubishi Galant 2.0 Auto

    Nice gearbox, nice car, cheap.
     
  9. Clarkey

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    My dad had one of those, it was the worst automatic transmission I've ever witnessed. In fact it was the worst car i've ever witnessed, the only redeeming feature is that it looked nice in black.
     
  10. v_man

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    Buy yourself a honda civic, either hatchback or 4 door version. The automatic gearbox on those are rock solid.
     
  11. Sagalout

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  12. [TW]Fox

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    Mercedes make some of the finest automatic boxes in the world - infact many say that if you buy a Merc you pretty much NEED to get an auto version.
     
  13. Morba

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    i know someone selling a bmw auto, bit more than 2k wanted, but not much ;]
     
  14. Sagalout

    Soldato

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    Yeah, I tried a manual but the foot operated parking break was a bit awkward to use.
     
  15. jpmonkey69

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    IME, Volvos have good autoboxes, I've driven my cousins 740GL (he picked a G-reg one up for £550 and an S40 t4 (S reg) from my old workplace... The 740 has over 150k on the clock and still changes nicely the guy he bought it off said it was the original box., the S40 was surprisingly good too :)

    I guess it all depends if your mate doesn't mind driving a star destroyer though!.
     
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  16. jpmonkey69

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    Must... Stop... Posting... The... Same... Pics... As... The... 2nd... Post... Above... :p
     
  17. D4VE

    Sgarrista

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    Yup you do due to the foothandbrake. Its useless in a manual.

    Yeah Id recommend the Merc, the transmission is good and the C class is a lot of car for the money.

    Id also recommend Fox's suggestion of a Primera too though, they are very very cheap and will be very reliable.