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Erf, new car... used car... commute... !11

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Shaz]sigh[, 30 Jul 2006.

  1. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

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    Morn. Just picked up a rather spiffing job, however, the commute will be approx 50 miles a day and I don't feel the FTO will be the best machine to take to the roads with.

    Thus I am beginning a new car search.

    Today I went and had a look at the new Seat Leon range. I liked a lot... a lot, a lot... downside? The model I want is new (ie. no second hand market) and it would be approx £16k from a broker with the options I want...

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    Mmf!

    Anyway, attempting to be sensible, 16k is a lot... so whilst I wait for the second hand market to emerge I was thinking of getting an interim car or something completely not leon related.

    If I were to get a interim car, the budget would be around 8k... for this I'm thinking an older Seat Leon or a Focus TDCI... any other thoughts?

    If I were to go with a newer car... basic requirements are as follows...

    Nothing over group 14/15
    Decent economy for the motorway (nothing turbo petrol ta)
    Budget around 10k, possibly up to 16k...
    Fun

    At the mo I've been looking at...

    Seat Leons (obviously)
    Focus TDCI
    Skoda Fabia vRS
    Skoda Octavia vRS
    Seat Ibiza FR
    Ford Fiesta ST

    Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

    One note about BMWs though, whilst they are nice, I feel they might be a bit out of my range with regards to servicing/unexpected breakages.
     
  2. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    If you want a boring run of the mill hatchback, there is no need to spend a 5 figure sum. Get a cheap Focus or something.

    If you've got up to £16k, you can afford to buy and run a 12k BM ;)
     
  3. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    They're all good options

    If you go for the Leon be sure to get a sporty model as the standard model has rather soft suspension as standard being based on the Mk4 Golf :)
     
  4. -westy-

    Capodecina

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    WHy spend so much money on a stopgap car?
     
  5. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

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    Mostly due to wanting something decent and knowing that it won't lose me that much money in the interim.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Err, yea it will. The more you spend on a normal car the more money it will lose.
     
  7. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

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    Not with regards to say an 03 tdci focus.
     
  8. -westy-

    Capodecina

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    How long are you intending on keeping the stopgap car for?
     
  9. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

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    A year probably.
     
  10. Berger

    Capodecina

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    My semi sensible suggestion is an Audi S3....
     
  11. -westy-

    Capodecina

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    How much is your FTO worth? Instead of shellout out on a car for a year, why not just take a slight hit on your current car?
     
  12. Shaz]sigh[

    Wise Guy

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    FTO is not economical on the motorway, tis not worth that much either but.. it's just not the car for the job. It also leaks cash due to high insurance costs and possible parts costs if I ramp up the mileage.

    To give you an indication... if I stopped paying the FTO insurance, I could get a Fiesta ST150 for £30 a month more and not even notice the money leaving my bank account.

    Scary eh!