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Decent realiable car time!! (No ST170's)

Discussion in 'Motors' started by smoove, 15 Apr 2010.

  1. smoove

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    After my last borched attempt to try and get a decent car, I'm gona take your advice seriously this time! But be prepared because Im gona post details of every car I inspect, to see what you all think!

    I have approx £3000 to spend and ideally would like it to go no higher than £2500.

    Age really isnt a concern for me, as long:

    Its realiable
    Cheap to insure
    Decent Mpg (35/40+)
    Fairly large (Being a family man now :o)

    If you have any suggestions of Pistonheads, post them here so I can see what to look out for!

    Thanks.
     
  2. peterattheboro

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    Bit of an oddball suggestion but... Mondeo?
     
  3. Saytan

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    mk3 mondeo seems to fit the bill. 2.0 petrol.
     
  4. stulid

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    avensis.

    its got lots going for it, such as ISOFIX.
     
  5. mattyprice4004

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    Only a Dad would list that as a strong reason to buy a car :p

    Mondeo!
     
  6. GinG

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    Mondeo Zetec-S tdci?
     
  7. dhill

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    I was under the impression that the TDCI engines had a few potential expensive problems, ie the following:

    1. Injectors failing
    2. Dual Mass Flywheel failing

    I have also been looking at the Mondeo Ghia-X Estate 2.0ltr TDCI, but the above has put me off and I don't believe the petrol models will return the required mpg.

    Please do correct me if I'm wrong though, as I usual am! :)
     
  8. SoundsGood

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    Mondeo's have ISOFIX too :p
     
  9. Gaygle

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    No reason to go for a diesel at all. The OP hasn't stated that that is what he wants so i assume he doesn't need the benefits of a diesel.

    Honda Accord of some kind?

    http://pistonheads.com/sales/1527884.htm

    Maybe if you were interested in performance you could find an Accord Type R?
     
  10. peterattheboro

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    Mondeo 2.0 Ghia will do.
     
  11. ScoobyDoo69

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    So does my Subaru, doesn't make it family orientated though :p
     
  12. NightShadow

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    What sort of mileage do you do per year? The difference between 30MPG and 40MPG over 12000 miles based on £1.20 per litre (petrol) is about £500 so just over £40 per month
     
  13. iaind

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    In fairness, he didnt stipulate mileage, but he did say he wants it to do 40+mpg, which the petrol wont do.

    All cars have potentially expensive problems - if you like the car otherwise, do some proper research and make your own mind up. You've only got to look at the sheer number of TDCI mondeos on the road to know they arent a guaranteed timebomb
     
  14. darko

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    have recently moved from a 2.0 petrol mondeo to a 2.0tdci and i would have to say that the car is far better suited to the diesel. its a big old boat and the extra torque makes it a lot more pleasurable to drive.
     
  15. iaind

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    Exactly, the argument is always that the fuel savings get eliminated by the potential repair bills, but whats the worst case scenario? You end up having paid the same to get the better engine. Best case, you've paid a lot less.

    I wouldnt hesitate to buy another one should I be in the market for that sort of thing again
     
  16. ci_newman

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    As does my DC5... like hell am I fitted a child seat in the back of there! I can barely squeeze a person past my front seats to get to the back.
     
  17. Third Opinion

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    My old man has got a 2003 TDCi for sale for under £2500
     
  18. Gribs

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    It's got more torque and is more ecconomical in terms of fuel used but better? Against it's less refined, has less power and a smaller power band than the 2.0 petrol.
     
  19. iaind

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    A Mondeo's not the sort of car where you want to use a wide power band really! The 2.0 isnt bad and is obviously a bit quieter, but the oil burner just suits the car better
     
  20. Gribs

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    I think it depends what your priorities are. The diesel is better for crusing on the motorway and chuging around town as the increase in noise and vibration isn't that noticable and the extra torque makes it feel quicker. The petrol is imo more enjoyable to drive and steers slightly better. It's also faster if you're actually trying. However I can't imagine just driving mine for the sake of it but for what it is it's ok and can be enjoyable.