I'm 33 and I've got a varied car history. I was lucky that I worked in a garage and got to won some nice cars. Donít be fooled though, just because itís nice doesnít mean thatís its hassle free..
Cars I've owned:
95 M Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 3 Dr
00 W Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 5 Dr
00 X Seat Leon 1.9Tdi SE 5Dr
03 03 Land Rover Discovery Td5 GS-7
04 04 Jaguar X-Type 2.0 D SE Saloon
05 05 Mazda RX-8 231 Bhp
07 57 Golf 2.0 Tdi GT Sport DSG
09 09 Mini Cooper D Clubman
98 S Rover 420 TD
04 53 Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTi Estate
Sold it via Ebay, and was almost in tears as it was picked up!
Thanks to @sted ....I'll let my bruv know your thoughts
my daily its 15 years old and does 9 miles to the gallon so not to economical but you dont get many people trying to cut you up for some reason.
dave.81 (29th June 2012)
27 and a 54 plate 1.3 diesel Fiesta Finesse (i.e. no extras at all)... which is about the least exciting car you can get, but I do 20,000 miles a year in it, get 70+ to the gallon and have yet to do anything other than get new tyres for an MOT. It's about 110,000 miles now so I'll probably get another 4-5 years out that diesel engine and then get a similar car.
I fear for all but the most fortunate/financially insane, "the car we want" is a present to ourselves at around 60 when there's no dependants to worry about anymore and possibly even a forces pension to add to your income (as with my Dad's police pension and our site manager's RAF pension).
EDIT: I should say, this is by no means a rubbish car, it's a proper little trooper, it's just thoroughly uninspiring. But £35 tax a year and nothing wrong with it suits me. It has the most important feature for me anyway: USB slot on the radio so I can listen to audiobooks on that hour's commute
Last edited by sonofsanta; 29th June 2012 at 10:40 AM.
I'm driving a 2.2l Y-Reg Vectra (the model with the sweepy wing mirrors). It's not the nicest car in the world and a nice new sporty focus would be lovely but I think that determining your relative worth by the car you drive is a bit pointless. Cars are expensive. They are far more expensive than they should be for what they are and they cost a FORTUNE to run. IMO you should not judge your car by how 'cool' it is but by how cheaply you can run it! My car costs a FORTUNE to run, but not as much as some. Tax is the biggest killer. The insurance isn't too bad. 11 years no claims helps mind you. But I have no loan to pay on it, I owe nothing on the car so because I own it outright I only have to pay for consumables. If I bought a new car I couldn't afford to pay for it outright so I'd have to get a loan - say you buy a £2000 car, loans for cars are 3 or 5 years. 5 at the absolute most, so repayments are about £100 a month, plus tax, plus MOT, plus running costs. I plan to drive my car until it falls apart underneath me or something goes that is over £1000 to replace.
LeBoyfriend has occasional flashes of great wisdom (only occasional mind you) and probably the wisest thing he's said to me that has stuck with me whenever something marginally expensive goes wrong with my sorry hunk'o'junk (a full exhaust system was moderately expensive - I hyperventilated a little when I paid that bill) is that 'It is not about what the car is actually worth, but what it is worth TO YOU.' So whilst the car may only be WORTH £750 in real money, it is WORTH TO ME over £2000 as that is what it would cost to replace. So when £500 worth of stuff goes wrong with it, sure, it SOUNDS uneconomical and it would be if I was planning on selling it, but since I plan to drive it into the ground, a £500 repair is money well spent as it is £1500 less than a new car.
just bought a 55 plate vauxhall astra diesel as i'm moving jobs and need a commuter car. it's the SRi so looks pretty nice and drives really well (and cheaply!)
my old car is a 53 plate MG ZR 160. goes like the clappers and makes a very satisfying noise doing so!! it's actually up for sale at the moment, so if anyone in the Swindon/Wiltshire area is after a lovely looking and running car then let me know. only 51k on the clock too y'know!
My car is a 1998 2.5L Vectra and rather 'stated'. I could also spit and hit 30. I could buy a better car but I like my current one and refuese to waste a stack of money on something inferior. My car is fun, it's a bit iffy but stacks of fun and I'm not burning $20-$30k on another car to match the high points of it.
i drive around in a scruffy 1ltr micra which cost me £300 over 2 years ago and in that time i have serviced it and had a half sill put on it, never missed a beat.
my view on cars are older and simpler are best for me to home service etc.
id love another Mk2 golf or something of that age but cant afford it atm, also i mainly use the car for lugging stuff around.
if a car needed £400 of MOT work doing id bin it its not worth it when some real bargains can be had for sub 500 now the government scrappage scheme isnt sucking all the quality motors out of the market.
I'm 32, I don't own a car... however i do own a push bike worth more than any car i have ever owned.
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