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General Chat Thread, Looking for 'new' car in General; Funny that nobody's mentioned the Ford Focus. Heaps of space, cheap to run and service. For 5,000 you'll pick up ...
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    Funny that nobody's mentioned the Ford Focus. Heaps of space, cheap to run and service. For 5,000 you'll pick up an 05 plate diesel focus with plenty of kit.

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    Focus isn't especially cheap to insure or tax though?

    Curve ball time: You can get an 08 plate Prius for about 6.5k which costs 20 a year to tax.

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    Megane Hatch 1.5dci 86BHP is 30 a year tax tbh unless it's costing several hundred anything say upto 95 a year tax ain't too bad.

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    My name is not james may, but i'd hold up my hand for a dacia sandero... I had one on holiday in turkey and it was bloody brilliant. Utterly basic, but brilliant!

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    2.0 diesel Seat Altea XL... boot big enought to party in

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    Focus isn't especially cheap to insure or tax though?

    Curve ball time: You can get an 08 plate Prius for about 6.5k which costs 20 a year to tax.
    I've thought of Prius before, but the economy isn't the best, with lugging the batteries round. Yaris can beat them in economy terms..and no batteries to worry about.

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    Dont go Diesel ifyou are not doing a lot of miles. Particulate filters dont get hot enough to regen unless they run for a good 45 mins. Short trips will seriously reduce the life of the car.

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    Skoda. Just bought Jem a 2000 plate Fabia 5 door 1.4mpi. Tax would be cheap (on Jems it's still under the old system, on newer ones I have no idea but with a 1.2 engine available that's apparently very good, I would think cheap), seats do as you say - front cushion raises and the backs fold flat. Yonks of space in it (may not look it from outside, but it's quite spacious!). Polo parts, so plentiful and cheap. VW without the badge to raise the price.

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    You might like to look at a second hand Toyota Aygo - 55mpg 15 pa Road tax, not much of a boot, but rear seats drop down - I get mine and my Father-in-law's clubs in the back easily. Cheap to insure too...

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    Peugeot 106 1.5 diesel. Late one. Cheap tax, enough load space with the seats down, nice basic but reliable diesel without any modern tech to go wrong. 0-60 takes two and a half weeks, and it consumes very little fuel. Cheap too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netman View Post
    You might like to look at a second hand Toyota Aygo - 55mpg 15 pa Road tax, not much of a boot, but rear seats drop down - I get mine and my Father-in-law's clubs in the back easily. Cheap to insure too...
    Yep the Aygo/C1/Peugeot 107 was first on my list, but the seats don't fold completely flat. I very rarely take more than one passenger (can't get an adult in the back of mine atm anyway) so I'm looking for a car that I can keep the seats folded down more or less permanently, grandchild in front seat til he/she is in next carseat up, golfclubs, puschair and/or dog in back.

    Considering the yaris or clio because it looks as though some variants have rear seats that do what I want them to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Yep the Aygo/C1/Peugeot 107 was first on my list, but the seats don't fold completely flat. I very rarely take more than one passenger (can't get an adult in the back of mine atm anyway) so I'm looking for a car that I can keep the seats folded down more or less permanently, grandchild in front seat til he/she is in next carseat up, golfclubs, puschair and/or dog in back.

    Considering the yaris or clio because it looks as though some variants have rear seats that do what I want them to.
    quad cab pickup truck with a cover so you can put your golf clubs etc under the cover in the back and people can sit in the quad cab etc ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    quad cab pickup truck with a cover so you can put your golf clubs etc under the cover in the back and people can sit in the quad cab etc ??
    Lol love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    Focus isn't especially cheap to insure or tax though?
    The new Focus' are actually incredibly cheap on tax, the 1.6 diesel only 20 PA. Insurance is also reasonable at group 11.
    The older models (mk1) is also group 11-13 on insurance and 125 on tax

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    I had a Yaris on holiday and it was pretty good.

    I've got a Focus now (1.6, 52 plate) and it costs a bomb to run. 170 odd for road tax, and as I only drive in the city the fuel economy is shocking.

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