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Spec me a car with a bit of poke but practical for £4K

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Toryglen-boy, 8 May 2006.

  1. Toryglen-boy

    Mobster

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    Location: Glasgow / Canberra

    looking for a motor for 4 grand, something a bit practical, but quite pokey also, was thinking of a prelude 2.2 VTEC?

    anyway, doors are open, any make, any motor, and any info you can give on your choice much appreciated

    enter Fox with his Mondeo sales pitch :p
     
  2. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    ST24, ST200 if you can find one, Ghia X RSAP if you can be bothered to find and fit tat or you are lucky enough to find one.

    You can close the thread now - there is a Mondeo out there for everyone :D
     
  3. Mic

    Mobster

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    MK2 CRX VT :cool:

    Although you'll never get someone in the back seat so that throws practical out the window :p
     
  4. ramirez

    Mobster

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    Good car, have had several - really quick, decent economy and comfy to drive in. Back seats are rubbish mind you.

    How about a Toyota / Lexus Soarer? You can buy em for around £2000 - £3000 and they come with either 4 litre V8 engines (260 bhp) or 2.5 twin turbos (280 bhp). Back seats are brilliant in them and they are just awesome to drive. Both engines are great and they're very reliable too.
     
  5. Hate

    Soldato

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    the prelude has minature back seats and v little boot to speak of, which is why I bought a celica (it has a hatchback)
     
  6. Serj

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    Hyundai Coupe?

    Funny how everyone has so far recommended their cars :D
     
  7. Bug One

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    Gotta be a Fiat Coupe. :p ;)
     
  8. Rilot

    Don

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    A few other choices that can be had to £4k

    Honda Accord Type R
    Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 V6 Sport
    Skoda Octavia vRS <---- Really like these. They go like stink.
    VW Passat 2.8 Syncro
     
  9. Bug One

    Capodecina

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    The question is - how much poke do you want, and at what cost (insurance, maintenance, economy).

    If you're looking to get onto the OcUK 0-60 board, then how abouts a Galant VR4.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. MarkyMark

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    Well i'm bias here but what about a 1.8 Civic VTI. Don't think its as quick as the prelude but its more practical with 5 doors, looks a bit mundane so not many people pay attention to it (so less likely to be stolen) and the insurance is cheaper too. And to be honest I don't think 138mph top end is anything to be shunned at. Just depends on how muhc performance you actually want :)
     
  11. Psycrow

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    The gen 5 prelude VTI is a good idea if you want a mix of speed, comfort and reliability without huge running costs.
     
  12. D4VE

    Sgarrista

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    Well a Mondeo ST24 is quite different to a CRX - what do you want, a nice torquey lazy drive, or a revvy "fun" drive?
     
  13. DaveyD

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    Nissan 200SX S14a? Or a S13
     
  14. excaliborg

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    Citroen Xsara VTS :p

    Will get a very new car for that price. 167bhp.
     
  15. Toryglen-boy

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    i want something that looks sporty, is quick of the mark, although it doesnt have to go 150+ or anything like that, and is kinda practical, thats why i thought of a Prelude, i was thinking of a Hyundai coupe, although i have heard that these are rather underpowered, oh ... and running costs are an issue as well

    :)
     
  16. ajgoodfellow

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    For the 1996-2002 Coupe, the 1.6 is a bit slow (11.4 sec to 60), the 2.0 is fine though (8.3 sec to 60)

    They're not all that fast but they've definitely got poke

    The 2002 onwards version has a 2.7 V6 but it'll be pricey to insure and run and you won't find one for £4k
     
  17. HEADRAT

    Capodecina

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    BOOYA!
     
  18. [TW]Fox

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    ST24 blatantly. Looks sporty with its sideskirts, spoiler and sporty looking front and rear bumpers, it's reasonably quick off the mark, and it's certainly practical.
     
  19. HEADRAT

    Capodecina

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    And if I had wheels I would be a wagon, sorry I just don't think Mondeo's look sporty how every much tuppaware you put on 'em ;)

    HEADRAT
     
  20. [TW]Fox

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    I see, you are one of those 'if it has more than x amount of doors it isnt sporty' crowd.

    I suppose you think an Audi RS6 and a BMW M5 don't look sporty either.

    Mesh bits, sideskirts, spoilers, wheels etc - all sporty :p