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    Car Ideas?

    I drive a little 1.25 fiesta currently and ive been offered a Focus ST170 for 2k. I know the owner whos had it for a last year. It was a CAT C. But it has been repaired.

    Insurance isnt much higher (+ £250 higher)

    What to do

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    Dont let the Cat c bit put you off. I've had quite a few ex Cat C and they've turned out to be the best cars I've owned.
    If You think the price is fair for the year, mileage, condition etc then take it for a test drive and see what you think (and if you're anything like me, take someone who knows a bit about the stuff under the hood!)

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    guy whos got it now. i can trust. hes done most of the work on any cars i had.

    I will try and get a test drive out of him when i next go up. 2003 not high mileage. in gd condition.

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    The other thing to bear in mind is gunna be tax. And why is he getting rid?

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    Petrol or diesel?
    I had a 1.8 petrol and it drank the stuff. All depends reply how old your fiesta is and what your daily mileage is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael2k6 View Post
    The other thing to bear in mind is gunna be tax. And why is he getting rid?

    Tax is £140 for 6 months, its a 2.0 petrol

    He's just brought a land rover

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    Petrol or diesel?
    I had a 1.8 petrol and it drank the stuff. All depends reply how old your fiesta is and what your daily mileage is?
    Sorry for the double post

    Mines a t reg mk4 lx doing 45 miles a day back and forth work

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    Personally, I wouldn't let the fact that it's a CAT C vechicle put me off - as long as the car has been checked out (unless I implicitly trusted that person to repair/mod cars) and that I fully inform my insurance company that it is a CAT C car.

    What would put me off though is the running costs of:

    1. Insurance
    2. Road tax &
    3. The increase of the fuel bill.

    -Ken

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    Scaring me now, ... I know that's the only things I'm worried about, just bored of driving the fiesta unless I use the st170 as a weekend car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    Scaring me now, ... I know that's the only things I'm worried about, just bored of driving the fiesta unless I use the st170 as a weekend car.
    With the new (stupid) continuous insurance law, you would need to cover the car as a second car on your existing policy or to take out an entirely new policy.
    I wouldn't have thought fuel would increase too much. Depends how much time you spend thinking about mpg every time you visit the station I guess!

    Tax and insurance would be the two things I'd think carefully about, but... my view is if you want a better car then you have to pay for a better experience. (That was my thinking behind my 2.6ltr v6 vectra!) I still dont think the costs are too bad considering the enjoyment I get from it... and the fact I can overtake tractors now! (Yep - living in Cornwall means you end up considering things like that!)

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    the st170 is a good car. its not the fastest car out there but its fun. Like a vtec engine its got a split personality keep the revs down and its a normal focus n(all be it with niceer seats and a firmer ride) boot it and its a different car (being able to go from 0-70 with 1 gear change is useful lol just change gear as soon as you hit 70 cos when you hit the limiter the deceleration is huge)

    i managed to get mid to high 30's mpg and on a run over 40mpg so its not terrible on fuel

    probably been sorted but watch the throttle cable in the cold (<2ish ) it can be hard to engage from 0% when its cold this is fixable and it should of been done years ago under warranty

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    well im torn currently. the there other half wants me to get a senceable car. but i been looking at a 1.6 TDCI mk2 foucs Sport.....

    Tax = £95 a year
    MPG = high 50s
    Insurance = Same what im paying now. (if not less)

    ST170

    Tax = £250 a year
    MPG = 30-40mpg
    Insurance = £200 more


    what to do.

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    I'd stick with what you have got personally. The fuel economy will hit you, trust me I had the petrol 1.8 for so long as soon as I got the.diesel it meant I didn't have to search for a garage every 300 miles.

    For 2k something better will come up, I would avoid a cat c, although it might be repaired properly, unless you run it into the ground, you may find it hard to sell on

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    The fiesta isnt really big enough for me. Im 6ft4. Plus the underside needs abit of work on it. MOT is due in feb which gives me enough time to sell on.

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    The wife drives a civic type r. It costs about 4 times as much as the previous car (diesel type s) in fuel alone, but even i get plenty of fun from the joyous acceleration it brings, we both feel we did the right thing, though I admit that I had a moment of doubt when we renewed the tax. The caveat here is that the wife is a complete petrol head and has sometimes suggested she prefers the car to me ;-)

    Long and short of it is that you can get by with almost any vehicle. This is not a decision to be made on practicality - if it was you'd have made it by now. Ask yourself if you enjoy driving that much...?

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