I just got a 1.2 Clio, nice to drive but not too expensive. It is brand new but I like knowing it (touch wood) wont break down!
Where's the new job fatmas? Is it on Oxon? The a420 is a nightmare road!
Car wise, diesel's are the obvious choice. Just shop around, and don't go to the car shop!
Trip Computer needed resetting.
A clip in the clutch mechanism needed turning around (It was installed wrong - sorted within the first week)
Handbrake cable needed replacing in the 7th year.
Apart from that, nothing worth mentioning to be honest. It always did 40-50mpg as well.
To be honest the commute hasn't been that bad, it takes almost dead on 45 minutes each way. The 420 is just a conveyor belt.
I did hear that the car shop was crap. They try and get your card details as soon as you walk in!
The 500's hold their value better than average, but a twin cylinder on that mileage is asking a lot. The economy is good with the economy mode engaged but in that mode it's gutless. The 500's as a whole do seem to be quite stiffly sprung which can make for a wearisome ride on anything but the best roads.
Why not offer to pay her for a half share. Your warranty and depreciation issues will be the same whatever car you buy (and if you buy new, depreciation out of the showroom is ... loony). You may of course just hate the 107 and desperately want to change it no matter what.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.
I'd recommend a new Fiesta. Comfortable drive and they're pretty well spec'd. I have a 1.25 (82ps) Zetec and my only issue with it is that it's a bit gutless sometimes. For town driving it's fine. If you're looking at regularly doing dual carriageway/motorway driving I'd recommend either the 1.6TDCI or 1.6 Ti-VCT models as they get good mileage and have plenty of poke.
Plus, I'm pretty sure the Zetec models (and upwards) now come with bluetooth as standard so you can connect your phone and be listening to your music as you drive. Check your local Ford dealer's website for any special offers etc. My Fiesta is the first brand new car I've bought and I knew I had to have it when I test drove it. I don't think I can recommend one highly enough.
EDIT: Also, the 107 is a good little car. Very fun to drive. I had an Aygo on loan from Jennings Ford while I waited for my Fiesta to arrive and I loved the little thing.
My offering towards the discussion is either a hyundai i30 1.6 diesel, gets 50ish mpg or the new shape Fiat Bravo multijet, again a deisel but its a tuned engine that puts out 150bhp and gets 40+ mpg, my other half has the 1.4 turbocharged petrol version of the bravo, its the 120bhp version but it goes like frozen s**t off a shiney shovel, the insurance on either is not bad either and both have £35 a year road tax as far as im aware
Have you thought about an Aygo? Same car but without the rattles! We test drove 107's C1's and Aygo's and found the Toyota finish better than the other two. £20 a year road tax and 55mpg and top quality dealer service = win for me!
Or one size up is the Yaris - had a loan car and it was lovely to drive...
Ok I've found one that might be a good bet. How about a: Peugeot 207 1.6HDI 110 Sport. Insurance is only £60 more than I'm paying now, the tax is about the same but it's quicker and has better mpg. a '10 plate is about £10k. Not bad?
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