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    Looking for 'new' car

    Right, I need to change my car and can't find one that suits all my requirements!

    So does can anyone come up with any suggestions for the following

    Hatchback
    Cheap to tax - I only do about 3000 a year so really resent paying 180 pa
    Rear seats that fold down flat or that fold up behind the front seats, like the Renault Scenic did.
    Enough space with the seats folded down for my golf clubs and trolley or my soon to be born Grandchild's pushchair or my son's big brown dog. Or a combination of all three! (But mainly my golf stuff)
    Passenger air bag that can be deactivated.
    Under 5000
    Not a Micra or Berlinga style OAP car.

    Doesn''t matter if the 0-60 is a week and a half, because we've got a proper car for long journeys.

    Ideas gratefully received.

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    Renault Scenic
    Citroen Picasso
    Nissan Note
    Fiat Panda
    Vauxhall Meriva
    Depending on your budget!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Renault Scenic
    Citroen Picasso
    Nissan Note
    Fiat Panda
    Vauxhall Meriva
    Depending on your budget!
    You didn't mention

    1. Engine size requirements
    2. Engine type ie petrol or diesel

    Also the age of the car will make a difference ref tax ie 2001 or newer goes on emissions and not the age of the car otherwise its done on the age and engine size of the car afaik ( could be wrong ).

    I also found that having ( maybe it's just me ) but insurance seemed to be higher and also diesel costs a bit more per litre although comparing my petrol 1.6 honda to my friends 306 diesel peugot , he fills up once for about 80 and gets aprox 600 miles where as I fill up for 60 and get 400 miles ( give or take a little bit )

    I had a nissan almera before my honda and the insurance on the almera was a lot lower and had quite a bit of room in it. Although if you need more boot room then you will most likely need an estate type car ie honda accord or similar

    My Nissan almera was a 1.4 not a 1.6 ( as I know you get a 1.6 of the almera ).

    FYI - I like my japense cars, more my hondas now ( I've only ever had petrol cars )

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    Good start, but I'm looking more at smaller cars. I couldn't cope with a picasso (my dad drives one and I think they have a max speed of 25) nor a panda.

    I've got a megane convertible atm so it's got to be a bit trendy!

    Diesel probably, because that would keep the road tax down. I only use it for work (10 mins), golf club (15 mins) pub (10)
    Last edited by chrbb; 13th February 2012 at 05:01 PM.

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    Civic diesel should fulfil many of those requirements. The wife had the "type S", which was big enough for us, but the 5 door has the "magic seats" and apparently you can fit 4 rhinos and a pot plant in there. Was lowest-but-one tax band I think as well (this was an 08 model), and that's the 2.2 that can go some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Good start, but I'm looking more at smaller cars. I couldn't cope with a picasso (my dad drives one and I think they have a max speed of 25) nor a panda.

    I've got a megane convertible atm so it's got to be a bit trendy!
    Best bet is to search on auto trader with your requirements ie

    Min to max price
    An area that you are willing to drive to and from ie within 60 miles or whatever
    leave make and model of cars as anything
    Set other requirements ie petrol, hatch back, 5 door etc
    Click Search and go through all the cars it brings up and make a list of ones you like the look of as far as looks ( trendy looking ) , price etc - you can even use

    Honest John

    Which will show you pro's and con's about each car as far as what normally breaks down on them, what they normally fail on for MOT's , reliability , mileage etc

    Which will hopefully narrow your list of cars down and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Good start, but I'm looking more at smaller cars. I couldn't cope with a picasso (my dad drives one and I think they have a max speed of 25) nor a panda.
    I am not sure what you are thinking of but Pandas are not very big: "1.58 m wide, 1.54 m high and 3.54 m long, with a wheelbase of just 2.30 m – belie an exceptionally spacious, flexible interior."
    Golf GTI? Astra convertible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Civic diesel should fulfil many of those requirements. The wife had the "type S", which was big enough for us, but the 5 door has the "magic seats" and apparently you can fit 4 rhinos and a pot plant in there. Was lowest-but-one tax band I think as well (this was an 08 model), and that's the 2.2 that can go some.
    2.2 civic looks great

    Shame I don't have 4k

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    I'm after a small car, even looked at a corsa van.

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    Megane hatchback?

    Just bought a 58 Megane saloon ourselves.

    Ben

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    Megane tourer for lots of boot space.

    Ben

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    i drive a Ford Kuga and love it. A colleage of mine has just bought a Ford FocusCMax which uses the same chasis as the Kuga yet it seems a bigger car.

    My wife drives a Fiesta. nippy. nice car.

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    I hear from an expert source the Dacia Sandero is pretty good

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    Have a look at a SEAT Leon I think you will be surprised for boot space.

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