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Spec me a new car

Discussion in 'Motors' started by nelsby, 28 Sep 2009.

  1. nelsby

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    My old one died last week.

    Budget is £1500 and I need it to be economical (I do alot of motorway miles) and reliable.

    That's it really, nice looks, fun to drive etc would all be a bonus but the above points are the critical ones.
     
  2. radderfire

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    For reliable look at Japanese makes like Honda, Toyota and Mazda.

    Rgds
     
  3. rypt

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    Older Celica, some sort of Civic (Celica is damn comfy on long trips)
     
  4. miniyazz

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    M...
     
  5. nelsby

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    Shall investigate, thanks :)
     
  6. Locky

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    Mk3 ford mondeo job done.
     
  7. Dogbreath

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    Can you really buy a Mk3 worth owning for £1500 these days?
     
  8. iaind

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  9. Ricochet J

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    If you don't want a Mondeo then the Focus will be the next one down.
     
  10. iaind

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    Size wise but not cost wise..

    According to parkers, a Y reg Focus 1.6 Zetec would cost about 2500, but a Y Reg Mondeo 1.8 Zetec would be about £1600 (dealer prices)

    The Mondeo Zetec has more kit too :)
     
  11. Ricochet J

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    Which is exactly why you shouldn't take Parkers as the last say. My X Reg Focus Ghia cost £1800 with a year's MOT and Tax. My friends Zetec cost him £1550. He's had it for a year and a half now and has only ever changed the window wipers.
     
  12. iaind

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    I probably shouldnt have quoted the first figure which is the dealer price, but it proves the point anyway.

    Same again, X reg Focus Ghia £1325 - £2040 (which ties in with yours). X reg Mondeo Ghia £1080 - £1540.

    Don't get me wrong, the Focus is a superb car which is exactly why it's worth more than an equivalent Mondeo - but looking at one because your budget wont stretch to a decent Mondeo isnt the best move
     
  13. mattyprice4004

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    And oil / filters I hope :p
     
  14. Ricochet J

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    "If you don't want a Mondeo then the Focus will be the next one down" was with respect to him not liking it not, not being able to afford it.
     
  15. nelsby

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    Thanks. I probably would prefer the extra size of the Mondeo. :)
     
  16. nelsby

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  17. radderfire

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