I'm 36, and currently thrash about in my trusty X reg 1.6 8 valver Astra MK4. Cost me £2000 3 years ago, Full Motability History, 1 owner from new, 50000 miles.
It's not glamorous, it's not pristine, it's dented, it rattles a bit (although I know what that is, it's just tracking down a repair bit that's tricky), and it has 2 baby seats in it. It doesn't get the care it deserves, but it has yet to disgrace itself, and despite being a Club Spec and the "worst" 1.6 engine out there, it's comfy, it's happy to roll at 70 all day long, gets there nice and quick, and with the autobox in sports mode, it loves to rev..heh. Some people would call it naff, indeed I get several people saying "time to replace it".
I don't care, TBH. It does it's job, day in, day out. Carries me and the sprogs, provides me and DD with entertainment, handles beautifully (Astras handle best when pressing on, as witnessed by 40mph Roundabouts), is extremely predictable and stable in bad weather, and has paid for itself over and over again. Flies well, too.
I also own a 1.4 Auto on an M plate, that really does qualify for "naff", but it was only an emergency stopgap and now it's being broken for spares (most of the injection/cooling systems, ancillaries etc are common to MK3 and MK4). Before that I had a P reg MK3 1.6 Auto, that was a stunner but got written off. As I need autos, I'm limited to 1.4/1.61.8/2.0 in the older cars, but that's a nonissue...heh. New cars..nah, no fun. Older ones I can buy outright without worrying, and drive them without fear of dings.
When this Astra dies, I think I might go Zafira MK1, 1.6 or 1.8 auto..same chassis, 90%+ common parts, cheap as chips. My brother drives an SLK - nice, but it won't drive in bad conditions..TC on, power gets killed, barely moves. TC off, goes sideways. Makes me chuckle. I had no issues at all. Looks over practicality - you can keep it.
My insurance for my 1.6 C4 Coupe is less then £500 (for 10 months) including business cover and i'm only just 21 - my first years cover in my Fiesta was £185 per month but after the first year it dropped to 900 and now less the 500 so its not true the 17 years olds that go out and buy stupid cars are the ones that complain or modify it with massive wheels etc.
I always thought anything over 100K was a no no when buying a new car.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 2nd July 2012 at 04:34 PM.
Mileage doesn't worry me. I've had everything from this 50k Astra, to the 88K on the P reg, to 350K on a Renault. All ran well, none needed anything major. Mileage is only 1 factor..Motorway hacks may cover that mileage easily, yet due to longer runs and constant speeds, still be in fine shape. A (say) Fiesta with, say, 30k on, only used for trips to the shops may be far worse.
The Astra covers..max of 8000 miles a year. The Fabia will be much less, as the Astra is the main family lugger, being automatic, and me being more experienced especially when it comes to driving with the kiddies. Even so, the Fabia's 102k is worn well...body is tidy...tiny bit of rust on the tailgate in the light fitting, and the missus has added a few dings (first car, expected)...but on the whole, for a W reg..it's still spot on. Metallic silver, in need of a good polishing.
Mechanically, it has a belting oil leak in the crank seal on the timing chain side (bothered, as the chain kit contains a whole new seal set and it has to be "de-sumped" to fit it anyway), a new trackrod boot is needed on one side, and it needs new tyres. Everything else checks out beautifully. Even the OBD2 readouts show clear, with 3 stored historic fault codes that I've now cleared. Emissions are very, very low...no smoke or anything either.
It''s not a VAG engine - it is an old Skoda 1.3MPi, bored out to 1.4..but they're renowned for being quite hard units..heh. Seems to ring true, too!
what you worried about? I'm 28 and I drive a 9 year old Citroen Xsara that was someone else's trade in that I fixed up. Since i've had it, its had doors opened into it, its been rammed in the car-park TWICE. Full of dents and scratches which are not my fault and had paint thrown over it. My advice, get a 2 grand car with low mileage that's average. Parts will be cheap, insurance reasonable but sadly people will still scratch it.. arrgghh!
I havent passed my test yet, nearly there though. Looking for something like A Mondeo for a car though, spacious, plenty of room in the boot for the pram and shopping, good engines and not too bad to insure for someone my age. Tax is a bit of a git though.
21 no car just a pair of roller skates.
do have a motorbike tho that has a nackered engine
He he.....oh yes. It no like the snow and ice thats for sure. Bought mine pretty much on a 'whim' to be honest...the Escort I had was near death and it was hot that week, really warm (about 3 years ago). spotted it, 1 owner from new 22k on the clock and thought "Hey, its hot and summer! Always fancied me a convertible....". Got it and then it promptly rained for the rest of the summer.....my mates blamed me.My brother drives an SLK - nice, but it won't drive in bad conditions..TC on, power gets killed, barely moves. TC off, goes sideways. Makes me chuckle
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