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Spec me a 4/5 door "quick car"

Discussion in 'Motors' started by monkey_boy, 18 Feb 2010.

  1. monkey_boy

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    As a bit of a follow on from my RX8 thread, I'm interested to see what cars fit these criteria:

    • 4 or 5 doors - for practicality/baby
    • reasonably "quick" or "warm" - anything over say 170 bhp
    • later than 2002/02 plate
    • less than 90,000 miles
    • less than £6k (plus bargaining room)
     
  2. GravyMonster

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    ST220.
     
  3. Gaygle

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    Leon Cupra R or ST220 tbh
     
  4. SoliD

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    ST220 is ideal in this budget, enough power, plenty of room, much cheaper to run than an RX8, only started being made in 2002 and will get much lower than 90k miles and 6k if you go for a pre facelift.
     
  5. Howard

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    I keep thinking about ST220s to replace my Accord. They're a bit "sporty" for my needs (I have the MX5 to satisfy the driving thrills) but they tick all the boxes. What are they like in terms of reliability? What sort of MPG does yours return Paul?
     
  6. Cyanide

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    Accord Type R - faster than an M3 apparently :p
     
  7. SoliD

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    Reliability, I dont want to jinx myself but I have had nothing go wrong with mine whatsoever in the 2 years (almost) I have owned it. I get on average 26mpg on my 7 mile journey to work but on a run at 70-80 I will get something like 32-34. Have had it up to 39 before but that was driving like a saint.
     
  8. Howard

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    Cool, I'd appreciate a passenger ride at the meet to properly see what it's like :)

    They aren't half cheap for what you get
     
  9. SoliD

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    Yep more than welcome! People need to feel the ST220 love.
     
  10. EddScott

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    Impreza (I would anyway :) )
     
  11. MikeHiow

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    +1 for ATR, I really like them :)
     
  12. St0rmer66

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    Most people say they aren't sporty enough! The engine is quite lazy from what I've heard (lovely sound though).
     
  13. mjt

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    Saab 9-5 Aeros are easily in budget. Worth a look imo.
    As are Turbo'd Volvo S60s.
     
  14. fonzee

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    Octy VRS.

    Can pick up 02-03 plates with 50-60k for 3-4k. :cool:
     
  15. BigT

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    I see no mention of running costs, so I'll suggest a 306bhp Mercedes S500. Plenty of room in that.
     
  16. Moeks

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    I must applaud that BigT, good effort ...I like the way you think :D ...although I suspect it isn't really quite what the op has in mind.

    I'd be inclined to say the ST220 fits the bill perfectly, but so would an E46 330i or indeed an E39 530i ...however you might struggle to find a nice 5 with 90k or less miles in budget ...the 330i would be an easier bet I think.

    Or there is the Volvo S60 T5 :)
     
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  17. mjt

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    Seat Leon Cupras are worth a look too.
     
  18. monkey_boy

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    I think the ST220 is easily the best option there. I wish things like the Civic Type R saloon had been around longer and were more popular, because I think they look awesome.

    The LCR is just a leon with a quicker engine. Absolutely no extras, with the exception of Xenons. The interior is exactly the same as my SE derv leon.

    Is the Volvo much bigger than the Mondeo? I always imagine that it is for some reason. It certainly seems less 'dynamic' than an ST220, but overall I do like them.

    The VRS I do like, but I would have to either hold on or stretch the budget to a mark 2.

    I am seeing now why the RX8 is so cheap when you can have something like an ST220 with a 3.0 V6 and still save a significant amount in fuel alone.
     
  19. rG-tom

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    BMW 330i e46 and ST220 are the two that cropped up when I had a similar criteria! The BMW won in the end, just felt far more dynamic to drive, but the ST220 is a very good bet.
     
  20. Moeks

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    Actually it's a little smaller than the Mondeo, at least it's a tad shorter.