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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    any Fiesta, although if you go for big engined like an ST for example you'll be spending most of your wages on fuel. I didnt think about that one when I bought mine....
    Dont bother with the Fiesta ST they are thirsty yet not all that powerful, my mates £400 1993 polo with a few mods was quicker (bike carbs and different head) Not much over £2k can get you an Cooper-S which has buckets of power and crazy supercharger noise. All for this price range will be terrible on fuel, the focus TDCI 115 + remap is fun and around 140bhp plus handles loads better then a Fabia

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondbill2k2 View Post
    Dont bother with the Fiesta ST they are thirsty yet not all that powerful, my mates £400 1993 polo with a few mods was quicker (bike carbs and different head) Not much over £2k can get you an Cooper-S which has buckets of power and crazy supercharger noise. All for this price range will be terrible on fuel, the focus TDCI 115 + remap is fun and around 140bhp plus handles loads better then a Fabia
    id say a mk5 zs is more fun and better mpg its not as fast but it feels faster as its a smaller lighter car and can relatively cheaply have a puma engine shoved in it so it is as fast as an st

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    Needs to be something RWD to make it fun (await flaming )

    Does it have to be a hot hatch or something powerful and fun for £3K? How about something bigger? BMW Z3? BMW 540i ?
    Looked into getting a BMW when i was looking last time, came to the conclusion that they are lovely cars but i would have to park it about a mile away from home as there is so little space round our way.

    Focus's are supposed to be brill cars but (sorry to offend any owners) they look terrible. Guy next door to us has a st (in the only colour it should be, orange), i just dont like the back of it.

    Golf gti is another option i will take a look at.

    The only issue im having with the older cars is finding a unmolested one.

    Think my plan of action is to get the fabia paid of (few months) and take them all out.

    Theres a nie 2002 106gti on auto trader at the min

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    my other half has recently purchased a mk1 1.6 focus edge 3 door and it drives VERY well
    sticks to the road nice and level when pushing it no real body roll or wobble so an ST must be great fun. and i have seen them for sub 3k in good nick and not molested as they have decent wheels anyway.

    I know it might be considered a girly car but have you thought about a BMW E36/46 compact? RWD goodness still i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    id say a mk5 zs is more fun and better mpg its not as fast but it feels faster as its a smaller lighter car and can relatively cheaply have a puma engine shoved in it so it is as fast as an st
    having owned a mk1 focus, a mk4 fiesta ZS, a fiesta mk6.5 ZS TDCI and a 2.0 ST I can say the nicest to drive was the focus and far far better build and ride then the mk4 fiesta. I did really enjoy the mk6.5 ZS TDCI it was lowered 30mm on eibachs so it had no body roll and handled amazing but resulted in a very harsh ride.

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    If you liked your Metro you could build a 1.8 for under a grand that will embarrass a lot more expensive cars on the road

    Also cheap right now any MG ZR, again a 160VVC will be quick and easily get one of those for £1k-2k

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    Early New Mini Cooper S

    Would buy another just for the supercharger whine!!!
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    I had a mk1 Focus built in 2003. It drove OK but the interior and general build quality of the thing was awful. The doors sounded like they were made out of tin, the plastics felt cheap, the seats were uncomfortable and were made out of a horrible shiny fabric. The tailgate rattled unless you put electrical tape around the locking pin. The external door trim strips kept on coming off. It was unexpectedly thirsty for a 1.6l car. Plus the radio was rubbish! I don't think the look of the car has dated particularly well either.

    I stuck with it for about six months then bought a 2001 Golf. Hand on heart, the drive isn't quite as good (not that there's an awful lot in it) but overall the car is a much nicer place to be when you're driving for upwards of two hours a day. More comfortable, velour seats. More solid construction. Much better brakes. Quieter too. Even things like the switchgear feel more solid.

    So, um, yeah, not really helpful I suppose

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