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vehicle recommendations

Postby Vince Noir » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:51 am

Need to get a car this winter (shut your face ChrisF i finally have saved up)

- will have about £2-2.5k, dont have to spend that much

- needs to be reliable, cheap to fix and maintain. something that is gonna last a little while.

- not sure about petrol/diesel but would have thought petrol would be a better option given the shit diesel is getting right now

- doesnt have to be a van. i was thinking a van would be good, but the reality of me sleeping in it would be maybe once or twice a year. easier to stick a bike or board in the back yeah, but i can just get a bike rack and the board can come in the car or go on the roof.


I have no ideas about cars. ive driven fiestas almost exclusively and in my experience they were for the most part reliable and easy enough to fix. each one ive owned i had for a few years and ran it into the ground.

Suggestions please ! maybe a nice volvo estate or something ?
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby WeAreMemories » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:57 am

I have had a few Subaru's, currently driving a 2011 Outback (Legacy estate pumped up). It swallows a 9'6 longboard inside, with plenty of room for extras. You could pick up an older model on your budget. I have found them to be reliable, the permanent 4WD makes them a bit thirsty, but is good in the winter months if you live off the beaten track, or like to search out surf spots down the lanes/fields.
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Black » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:22 am

I'm still running a Kangoo - cheap cheerful and very practical. So easy to drive.
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:00 pm

About time.

Volvos are expensive to maintain, repair and service.

Get a petrol focus hatch or estate or something common and cheap that will be piss to maintain and get repaired. You could probably sleep uncomfortably in the back of an estate, but easier to get a goretex bivvy bag, decent themarest and a decent down sleeping bag.
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Vince Noir » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:12 pm

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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:22 pm

Yep, look around though, probably don't need aircon, paying over odds for that and another thing to go wrong.

Autotrader is worth a look too.
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby defever » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:04 am

Most likely that you've bought a car by now... I was going to say if you've driven few Fiesta and been happy with it, then why not stick to Ford as you're familiar with the set up, what common faults are, reliability, etc?

Mondeo estate or even Transit might be good choice?

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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Vince Noir » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:02 pm

been too busy too look. moving flat at the end of the month which will force my hand a bit more.
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby MarekReiser » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:53 am

Looking forward to buying a self-driving car-home to travel :P
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Vince Noir » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:45 pm

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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby ATTMFKH » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:51 pm

Vince Noir wrote:any thoughts on this ?

https://www.gumtree.com/p/ford/2008-for ... 1274848081


Advisory notice item(s)
Offside Rear Anti-roll bar has slight play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
Central Rear exhaust heat shield slightly loose
Offside Front seat slightly loose on rail
Front grille slightly loose

How long has he had it ? Short MOT for £3K ..................
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Vince Noir » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:35 pm

it went before i could view it hahaha
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Re: vehicle recommendations

Postby Chris F » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:42 pm

Yup, gone.

TBH though, the only one of those Advisories that has potential to get expensive is the ball joint?
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