I need to buy a car by Friday to avoid giving the rental man another few hundred pounds!
(Should say first, living in Thailand) I went shopping today and today and looked at a 2011 Fiesta (hatchback), a Toyota Avanza (pics below, they're not sold in the UK) and thought the Fiesta was pretty good.
Then took my wife back for a test drive and she liked the look of a ISUZU, pick up.
Actually (and I've checked the figures) the cost of a 3.0L pick up is lower than a 1.6 petrol over here. Not too much, but a little. About 75p per 100km. I think that's the reason that at least 50% of the cars on the road are pick ups.
The Fiesta is all the car we need at the moment (me, wifey and an 18 month old. Bikes would need a bike rack on the back.
The Big-ass pick up would have space for two buggys (beginning to think / talk about #2) and all the other stuff children need. The extra ride height could be useful in the rain (we have a Corolla and water was up to the door sills on a road yesterday. Obviously great for bikes. Can hose the back out. I'd imagine the pot-hole (they are frequents and effin' huge!) damage is less on a pick up as opposed to a delicate Fiesta. Safer? Maybe? Certainly if you're going to be sandwiched by other pick-ups. Insurance and tax are both the same here. The price of the Fiesta (Jan 2011, 92,000km) and ISUZU (2005, 153,000km) are near enough the same. The ISUZU is likely to be easier to sell whenever we leave
I guess what I'm asking is,
Does anyone have a pick up as a family car?
Will I regret it?
Are running costs going to be as low as they appear?
Are there other drawbacks we haven't thought of?
Thanks a lot