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General Chat Thread, Buying a banger in General; Originally Posted by synaesthesia Ouch. Vote one for the failmachines! and here so far ive had 0 issues with my ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Ouch. Vote one for the failmachines!
    and here so far ive had 0 issues with my citroen and one side of the family have run them for years with few issues

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    For a £1000 you don't need to buy a banger. Its a matter of looking in the right places. Scour owner group forums. You will pick up a bargain, and pretty much guaranteed the car has been looked after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Ouch. Vote one for the failmachines!
    Didn't you recommend the Rover 25 / 200 - one of the most unreliable and undesirable cars around because of head gasket failure, based on fact because of a design flaw. Even a replaced head gasket can and does fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    I had a few French cars and never had a problems with electrics. i currently drive an 04 Laguna and not had any problems with it.

    as above avoid focuses.
    What's this with focuses and unreliable electrics? I've never had a peep from mine. Never met anyone who did. Is this some sort of hangover from the 1970s 'Fords have unreliable electrics' thing?

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    I think there must be a tradeoff here for a £1000 car that looks the part and goes like stink. You can get a pretty decent Mondeo for less than 1k, but tax and insurance may be steep for a younger driver.
    Likewise a small hatchback won't be too fast, but would be cheaper to run and insure. I'd also hazard that many used small hatchback cars would possibly be ragged silly by previous owners.
    You can pick up a pretty decent Polo for less than a grand. Generally these are lower mileage, reliable and economical and looked after - lots of 'old lady owner since new' models out there.

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    How about this?

    Volvo 740 GLE 4dr Saloon 2.3 1987


    One of those colossal, built-like-a-tank volvo estates for £470!

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    Can't go wrong with a late 90's Polo, no crumble zones though...

    A MK3 Mondeo 2000-2007 can be had for less than a grand and are solid.

    Personally I would say an E39 5 Series, they are a billy bargain, build quality is amazing and cheap to insure really. These came into play in '96. I have 2 of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    How about this?

    Volvo 740 GLE 4dr Saloon 2.3 1987


    One of those colossal, built-like-a-tank volvo estates for £470!
    You'd have to sign-up to an OPEC wholesaler to keep that thing in fuel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    You'd have to sign-up to an OPEC wholesaler to keep that thing in fuel!
    All the more reason to own it - it'll be so expensive to run he'll hardly ever take it out so it'll reduce the risk of him having an accident.

    Sometimes I amaze even myself.

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    Again.

    Mk6 escort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    A MK3 Mondeo 2000-2007 can be had for less than a grand and are solid.
    Yep. I just picked up a 1.8 Mondeo on a 54 plate for £850. Cruise control, air con etc. It's got a few supermarket scratches but runs like a dream.

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    what tax like on petrol mondeos of that era? (1.8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    what tax like on petrol mondeos of that era? (1.8)
    £220 for a year ...

    Road Tax Prices - Ford Mondeo Saloon (00-07) 1.8 Zetec 4d (00) | Car Tax Calculator | Parkers

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    Looking at the sort of things my children drive or have driven:
    Lupo, Micra, Polo, Golf, Ka, Peugeot (never had any major electrics issues - mrwITch has driven Pugs for years).
    Remember the insurance issue though - the most common cars have higher insurance which is why I would avoid Fiesta and Escort quite apart from any mechanical issues

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    Kia Swift, whilst pretty unfashionable, seems to be a pretty good car. Girlfriend picked one up for around £600 6 months ago to learn in, and it just flew through its MOT.

    Not exactly speedy mind, but this might be a good thing! Tbh, at his age, I was just happy to have wheels, so a Peugeot 205 did the trick for me.

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