General Chat Thread, Looking for 'new' car in General; Right, I need to change my car and can't find one that suits all my requirements!
So does can anyone ...
13th February 2012, 04:40 PM #1
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
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.
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.
13th February 2012, 04:48 PM #2
Depending on your budget!
13th February 2012, 04:55 PM #3
You didn't mention
Originally Posted by witch
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 )
13th February 2012, 04:59 PM #4
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.
13th February 2012, 05:01 PM #5
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.
13th February 2012, 05:03 PM #6
Best bet is to search on auto trader with your requirements ie
Originally Posted by chrbb
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
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.
13th February 2012, 05:21 PM #7
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."
Originally Posted by chrbb
Golf GTI? Astra convertible?
13th February 2012, 05:25 PM #8
2.2 civic looks great
Originally Posted by tom_newton
Shame I don't have 4k
13th February 2012, 05:54 PM #9
I'm after a small car, even looked at a corsa van.
13th February 2012, 06:10 PM #10
Just bought a 58 Megane saloon ourselves.
13th February 2012, 06:13 PM #11
Megane tourer for lots of boot space.
13th February 2012, 06:30 PM #12
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.
13th February 2012, 06:45 PM #13
I hear from an expert source the Dacia Sandero is pretty good
13th February 2012, 07:34 PM #14
Trapper are you secretly James May?
13th February 2012, 07:36 PM #15
Have a look at a SEAT Leon I think you will be surprised for boot space.
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