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Boring spec me. £2000, 18000 miles p/a, somewhat fun.

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Lopéz, 16 Aug 2019.

  1. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

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    I don't think I've ever posted a spec me before.

    Current vehicles

    2004 Fiesta 1.4 TDCi. Daily driver. Done 10,000 flawless miles in it. It's slow and not that involving to drive though it handles tidily enough.
    1982 Escort XR3. I use this every now and then. It's 37 years old, I just enjoy owning it. It's not a realistic daily driver.

    Daily Driver requirements
    £2000 budget
    18,000 miles p/a - 50% split between motorway and tight rural lanes
    Something I can chuck about
    Doors don't matter
    No 2 seaters
    Economy that won't make me cry. 18,000 miles can chew through a lorra lorra juice.

    The Fiesta is a bit slow and boring, but is fantastically cheap to run (genuine 50+mpg, £30 tax, cheap insurance)

    I fancy something with a bit more oomph, something a bit more dynamic.
    I had a go of a Civic Type-R FN2 the other day and surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. Enjoyed it to the point I went and looked at a few. Unfortunately, having done some reading, the economy of the FN2 looks really poor - even trundling about I'm going to double my fuel spend, maybe more.

    So hit me up OcUK, what should I consider?
  2. SonicSW20

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    You're not going to get a very good FN2 for two grand.

    IMO: Keep the Fiesta as a daily because its cheap and reliable. If the Escort doesn't fill the fun factor, sell it, and put the 2 grand + whatever the Escort goes for towards something fun for the weekend.
  3. daveski


    Joined: 15 Apr 2004

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    Location: Nottingham

    I'm thinking similar at the moment, I want to change my boring diesel for something more interesting without increasing fuel spend too much and have decided a Swift Sport is the way to go.
  4. Malt_Vinegar


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  5. acemastr


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    I'd be getting the Fiesta mapped and drive that some more.
  6. Armageus


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  7. HangTime

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    My initial thoughts were you aren't going to get much better for £2k so just keep the Fiesta but just looked it up and didn't realise it was only 67bhp and over 14s to 60mph. Maybe a remap as suggested above is the way to go, as the car won't have much value to lose if it causes problems.
  8. paradigm


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    I'd probably go with something that has a turbocharger, as that way you can drive off boost to get respectable MPG, but power there for the odd hoon.

    As for what that would be, given the budget and the want for driving dynamics, I'm not sure off the top of my head. VAG group would certainly have the power, and economy, but not really the dynamicisn. Umm, are early MK2 Focus STs in budget?

    Edit, no doesn't look like it, but Renault Mégane 225s are.
  9. SonicSW20

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    A sub £2k high mileage Megane 225 would not be something I'd rely on as a daily!
  10. Uncle_Gravy


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    Location: S.E Wales

    Is a Fabia Vrs in the £2k range yet?
  11. Kenai


    Joined: 5 Apr 2009

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    The old 1.9TDI variety probably are, not a bad shout
  12. DazQ87

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    Might be able to get an ibiza FR for that price as well, either with the 1.9TDI or the 1.8 20VT.
  13. Foghorn Leghorn

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    That's what I'd be looking at too, great car for the money.
  14. Em3bbs


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  15. ExoMale


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    The 1.4 has a tiny turbo, it has no intercooler, you can either buy a tuning box and get 80-90 hp plus 40nm which from 160nm will be 200nm which I think equates to around 130-140ft/lbs as 160nm is 118ft/lbs or get an intercooler from another ford diesel and get It remapped.

    A car is as fun as you make it, I had a 1.25 fiesta back in 2003, was fun car, they don’t have great straight line speed hence the ST versions, but it’s a city car not a speed race, slow cars usually get made to handle better, so if your in to modifying then upgrade the handling.

    That aside, you won’t get a new car for 2k that will be what you want, you can buy used cars that are better and a lot of options for 1000-2000 quid, mk4 golf gti 2ltr 115hp 120-140lbs/ft or the 150hp turbo version, A3 versions and so on.
  16. azazl187


    Joined: 19 Jan 2010

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    EP3 type r?
  17. Adam


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  18. new boy


    Joined: 25 Jun 2009

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    Location: Weston-super-Mare

    190BHP celica (VVTL-I)

    Easily in budget

    0-60 in 7 seconds.

    4 seats (Adults would suffer in back though)

    Mine was fantastically reliable in the 4 or so years I ran it, fuel seamed fine to me, I never worked it out, not 50MPG though lol.

    I got rid of mine as it got tiresome to drive every day on the motorway and its a little bit hard and raw for the everyday commute, but sounds like it could be the antidote for your current mundane drive.

    Inb4 Acme memes

    https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201903296412870?make=TOYOTA&sort=price-desc&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&price-to=2000&postcode=bs227tb&model=CELICA&advertising-location=at_cars&zero-to-60=TO_8&radius=1500&page=1
    Last edited: 16 Aug 2019
  19. Tek81


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    Deviating from the topic somewhat, but as a fan of old Ford... Pics?
  20. blueboy2001


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    Depends what you're after, but you can get a well used E90 320d or 320i for £2k. Big improvement over a Fiesta, RWD and the 4 cylinder cars handle a little sweeter than the 6's due to less weight up front.

    If that's too big for you, Clio 182 maybe?