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    I reckon maybe 600-700 a year? Possibly I haven't checked.

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    Honest John is a great website, I will definitely be checking on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmas View Post
    I reckon maybe 600-700 a year? Possibly I haven't checked.
    As a few others have stated also VW , totally forgot that one

    Both myself and the missus are over 25 and are with admiral insurance atm and have been for over a year now, for both of us its 130 a month for 2 cars.

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    insurance is a crippler im 23 on 30th of this month and my insurance is sky high never had an accident and have no claims unfortunately - this is why i dont have a car cant afford the insurance. I read an article the other on Yahoo that states at the moment family carriers (7 seater toyota previa for example) are the cheapest for under 25's at the moment - however ive not done a quote so wouldnt know - I usually go to ebay find a car and use the reg on an insurance site see what it's like.

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    I have a nissan 1.4 and the insurance on the nissan is cheaper then the honda civic 1.4 that i had, think its to do with it not being a boy racer type car and not something people would normally nick / steal.

    Maybe worth looking at insurance for a Nissan and with it being a 1.4 instead of just a 1 litre might be enough for you engine size wise, also talking to some people although diesels get more mileage as far as when the engine or things go wrong it works out more expensive as apposed to a petrol which although milage isnt brilliant is better.

    I get about 350 - 360 miles per tank on my 1.4 nissan almera - about 50 a tank aprox which obviously fluctuates with fuel prices

    As per above I also do the same on autotrader ( look at the pics to get the reg number and get quotes on insurance companies , also use confused.com )

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    I had to change the PUG 107 Auto after my son and business partner clocked up 30k miles in two years in it...
    We had the same dilemma, after having a Pug how do you step up a gear without loosing the economy!

    We went with the Fiat 500 auto I found one that was a year old and was owned by an 80 year old granny with only 1300 miles on the clock!
    It's a peach, full leather air con Pano roof and still 50+ mpg he loves it, the insurance was the limiting factor he would have preferred an A3 but we set a limit of 800 on the insurance. Hence the 500 was a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmas View Post
    Conditions: Economical - It has to be able to do about 350 miles a tank (average about 48mpg ish)

    Has to be fun/comfortable to drive for a 45 minute each way commute.
    'Fun' to drive and economical are, for most people's criteria, quite far apart. Personally I find most cars 'fun' to drive - 'fun' being mostly in the mind. I'm not so keen on SWMBO's fiat 500 thing - it's quite stiffly sprung which can be fun but on a regular commute can be a bit wearing.

    Keep the 107, retain the economy and relative comfort and miss out on the money you will probably lose by changing car. Go buy a motorbike as something that is fun to 'drive' and yet still economical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    'Fun' to drive and economical are, for most people's criteria, quite far apart. Personally I find most cars 'fun' to drive - 'fun' being mostly in the mind. I'm not so keen on SWMBO's fiat 500 thing - it's quite stiffly sprung which can be fun but on a regular commute can be a bit wearing.

    Keep the 107, retain the economy and relative comfort and miss out on the money you will probably lose by changing car. Go buy a motorbike as something that is fun to 'drive' and yet still economical.
    Prolly dangerous

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    I've got a Citroen C4 coupe 1.6 - really nice car and drives nicely just eats petrol a bit! although the book says it should be 36/38pmg although it does 30ish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo_vigilante View Post
    I drive a MKIV golf GT TDI 150 and they are awesome cars! I travel to work and do journeys to other sites both on motorways and on A roads. It does me upto 45mpg on A roads but on motorways I can do upto 55mpg generally speaking and the car pulls as well.

    This one is quite old but you can purchased a Mark V gold GT TDI 170 which is quicker and same MPG consumption. They're quick, lots of torque, and good on mileage and also very reliable cars! I'd consider a Mark 5 if I were you.
    Can HIGHLY recommend the Golf MK4 GTI 150BHP version, I've got one and its been a great machine, however they do need new cam shafts and tappets every 60K or so Very well built apart from that and as has been said 45 - 55 mpg and 130 a year tax

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    Golf MK5. That was fun. 1.6FSI auto, 450 miles to a tank, goes like hot snot.

    Mind you, I DO love my Astras..both my MK3's and my MK4 are fun to drive (boggo standard). Chassis is very nicely set on them, very very compliant, routinely gets hurled into roundabouts at 40+ with nothing more than tyre protests. Economy..not on the autos like I have. The MK3 could crack 420 to a tank round town, the the MK4 struggles to hit 300. Yet on a long run (think Wales), the MK4 would have been on target for approx 500 miles to a tank.

    Quite liking the MK6...the MK5 left me cold, I think it's got a fat bum.

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    Have a look at the 207 GTi (1.6 Petrol Turbo same engine as the new Mini Cooper S). 175Bhp, not too bad on fuel and fantastic fun. Well within your budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    I had to change the PUG 107 Auto after my son and business partner clocked up 30k miles in two years in it...
    We had the same dilemma, after having a Pug how do you step up a gear without loosing the economy!

    We went with the Fiat 500 auto I found one that was a year old and was owned by an 80 year old granny with only 1300 miles on the clock!
    It's a peach, full leather air con Pano roof and still 50+ mpg he loves it, the insurance was the limiting factor he would have preferred an A3 but we set a limit of 800 on the insurance. Hence the 500 was a winner.
    It's difficult because I'll clock up close to 30,000 miles in 2 years with this commute + social use. And with the 107, I feel the value will drop off considerably once the mileage goes up. As it's only done 10000 miles and is only just over a year old, it's still worth 5-6k. In two years I will probably get under half that.

    A 500 Twin air (more economical and quicker than a 107), is only about 60 more a year to insure, but tax is free compared to the 20 with the 107. It's slightly cheaper to run too.

    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    'Fun' to drive and economical are, for most people's criteria, quite far apart. Personally I find most cars 'fun' to drive - 'fun' being mostly in the mind. I'm not so keen on SWMBO's fiat 500 thing - it's quite stiffly sprung which can be fun but on a regular commute can be a bit wearing.

    Keep the 107, retain the economy and relative comfort and miss out on the money you will probably lose by changing car. Go buy a motorbike as something that is fun to 'drive' and yet still economical.
    The thing is, my other half bought the 107 outright (she used to use it for her commute) for 6500. I'm the one using it yet she paid for it. This is where the debate comes in. I have about 6000 saved so I'm thinking if we exchange the 107 for something else, I can put in my fair share. She wants to own the next car 50/50 and I know we can easily get about 5.5k for a car she paid 6.5k for a year ago. If we leave it until it's out of warranty and has another 15,000 miles on it, we won't get anywhere near that.

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    Additionally @pcstru , I've been banned from getting a bike. My other half and my own mother would kill me before the bike did.

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    For my car at the mo 1.6 mk4 golf it costs me 1200 insurance (i am 21) first year cost me close to 2k Tax is 215 for the year.. cant see why the mk4 GTI above is only 130. I can get 500+ miles from a full tank too.

    Ohh friend just said about a 1.5 Renualt Megane supposely the MPG can be HUGE towards the 60-70+ range... dunno how true that is tho.

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