defever wrote:Thanks for all your 2p on this. I have a lot more clearer idea on what I want for my need.
Been really useful. I hope others found it useful too.
ATTMFKH wrote:^^ you'll get one no bother at that price , maybe not the BMW - you should be looking at sub 100K miles for that price though.
WP101 wrote: octavia estate? same floorpan as golf estate but not as tough. plastics & paint tend to be weaker, this is where they save manufacturing costs.
seats are poop, bad, bad electrics, NOT just a rebadged golf/polo etc
defever wrote:T4! I wish. Definitely I will own one in the future, but not just yet.
So with £2,000 (plus £500 for any immediate repair, tax, insurance change etc.) budget, I'm looking at diesel engine estate with 150,000+miles (full service history, 1-2 owners, ideally long MOT & Tax, etc.):
1. A4 Avant 1.9L TDI 100/110bhp (pre-2001 model within in my budget, fits in nicely with some of the comments here)
2. VW Passat Estate 1.9L TDI 100bhp (as above, lesser efficiency than A4 though)
3. Ford Mondeo Esate 2.0L TDCI 110/130bhp (Zetec? Ghia? LX? don't know the difference)
4. VW Golf Estate or Ford Focus Estate (55+mpg but not so keen on the "bolt-on" look)
5. BMW 3 Touring 320D (Expensive repair/insurance but I won't feel embarrassed driving in to work car park full of Audi, BMW, Merc... I'm shallow)
They all have good MPG (47-52MPG), good “badge”, “sleep-able” with rear seats down, not too big to drive (unlike Honda Accord, they’re limousine!). Big enough and efficient enough for my use (bit of town drive, frequent Devon-Sussex drive, and occasional weekend/week “surf trip/camping”).
One of the things I’m concerned about getting a van is the transition from driving a small hatchback to something monstrous like T4 (and poor rear view). I’d feel comfortable trying out an estate first then move on to a van. Plus I don’t think I look “friendly” if I rock up with T4 for a visit to a vulnerable individual’s home in a quiet, out of town cul-de-sac…
Philshoz wrote:I agree about the Golf, it just doesn't look right as an estate bit like the new mini in clubman form
well-chilled-out wrote:to Africa on Fleabay so it can be recycled & tastefully customised in camo & a cannon mounted on the flat bed..I'm all thought.[/b]
SurfOnYourBum wrote:It is worth considering a Jaguar X-Type Estate the 2.0D and 2.2D are pretty economical and nice to drive. They are essentially a Ford Mondeo estate made nicer by the people at Jaguar so they are pretty cheap for parts and servicing but are a bit luxury too. The seats fold down completely flat and I have slept in mine on several occasions and it has been fine and the boot is huge so you can fit loads of crap in there (I have had 3 kayaks plus kit in the back of mine with no issue).
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