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    Ok, so I'm looking at getting rid of my 14 year old Clio for something a little newer (only a couple of years newer).

    Can people recommend me cars for less than a grand, that are reliable, cheap to run (parts etc), and are bigger than a tiny Clio.

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    Nissan Almera ftw!

    May not be glamorous, but cheap to run, the 1.4 versions fairly nippy, and with the back seats down I had two whole drumkits in my last one...

    plus, parts are cheap, and if you're spending a grand or so you should be able to get a nice one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Ok, so I'm looking at getting rid of my 14 year old Clio for something a little newer (only a couple of years newer).

    Can people recommend me cars for less than a grand, that are reliable, cheap to run (parts etc), and are bigger than a tiny Clio.
    You should be able to pick up something solid like a VW Golf. Parts are readily available and there are loads of VW specialists. Also look at Seat's, Skoda's, BMW's, Toyota's, Volvo's, etc, etc.

    Whatever make/model you plump for be picky; read the reviews on Parkers and find out about the common issues, it's worth going for something that's been looked after with a honest, FULL service history, with the all important supporting receipts for servicing, parts, body repairs etc, etc. In this respect also don't worry too much about millage (especially diesel's) as most modern cars will go to the moon and back (my Y reg petrol 306 estate is still going strong after 150,000 miles and usually sales through its MOT each year). Watch out for the usual dodgy electrics, rust (not usually a problem on galvanised or what once where premium cars).

    Hope this helps? Let us know what you decide

    Ben

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    I've stumbled upon a few 50/51 Rover 25's - any thoughts on these?

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    If you've got £1500 you can get hold of a 1999-2004 plate Clio.

    Infact ive just looked and £1500 will get you a 2001-2002. £1000 will get you a 99-00.
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    Beware the 25, check for the honda engine I had a W reg and the head gasket went 3 times in 12 months. In the end I used to drive it round without any coolant because I couldnt get the top to stay on the tank lol

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    I'm liking my Ford Fiesta Ztec 1.25 - S reg, had it for 2 years now and nothings gone wrong.

    Nice car, fairly quick and cheap to run. Engine is nice and parts are cheap. It's big enough to move house in (I run my girlfriend up and down to uni).

    Oh and the look of it does grow on you!

    http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...earch_full.y=3
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    Rovers are known for needing head gasket replacments at about 60-70k miles...

    Id go for something like a fiesta 1.25 zetec...

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    I have a Y reg Focus 1.6 Zetec that we bought new and has been brilliant... * touches wood! *... we have no plans to change it anytime soon

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    how much you selling the Clio for fella,

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    Well, the garage where I bought it from 3 years ago for £400 has offered me £200. It was an insurance jobby when I bought it, and I think he wants it back for spares and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Well, the garage where I bought it from 3 years ago for £400 has offered me £200. It was an insurance jobby when I bought it, and I think he wants it back for spares and such.
    is it knackered bud , just after a cheap car for my mrs bud,

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    Whatever you do don't get a Mondeo... awful cars... I'm stuck with one and it's rubbish

    I don't like to admit it but the Almera recommended above is a good car. It looks horrid but they're pretty reliable and reasonably spacious too. My friend has been running one for years.

    I had a Ford Escort for a while, and I'd happily get another one. There are tons on the road, they're common as muck, so spares are easy to find. There are different models with plenty of different engines too, so you should get a choice.

    The best car I've ever had was a Vauxhall Vectra, so much nicer than the Mondeo... they're just better built imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Whatever you do don't get a Mondeo... awful cars... I'm stuck with one and it's rubbish
    In contrast, my parents had a Modeo estate for years and years without any hitches.

    Just to make things easier for you

    I had an H-reg Citroen AX that I bought for a song for ages, and now a 51 Nissan Micra. Both embarassing, but also both reliable and cheap to run. (And I was quite attached to the AX in the end..)
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    Im looking for a very cheap car for my daugher - I'll fight you for it, Simon!
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