Mazda6 estate - half brother to the mondeo.
Thoughts on estate cars pls
For value the Passat is pretty difficult to beat. My 2001 100ps one has done 202k miles and is fine mechanically (touches wood quickly). Still on the first clutch too - amazingly. It may not be the most exciting to drive, but you can enjoy getting the most out of any car.
I can vouch for the Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 (red Mitsu shot posted by acjim - plenty space and seriously impressive driving experience) - running gear of an Evo (originals were EVO IV's and I think they went up to EVO VII (but not certain!)) - very good to drive and very entertaining when the foot got planted...but very heavy on fuel (on a good day about 23.5mpg best). Saying that, you can pick them up for about £3.5k so the money you save in purchase can fund the fuel.
Only other issue with them is the short service intervals - every 6k the fluids need replaced.
£5,200 65,000 2.0ts
£5.800 54,000 wrx power
MountainMutant, a mag once said A6 is a great car but when something goes wrong......BIG bills. Subjective, to some, I'd say epic bills!
saccades, that looks almost ....porn
The fast Audis are great cars,but if ANYTHING needs replacing it's mega bucks.....and they have attracted an unenviable image.
If you can live with the fuel economy get a fast Subaru any model will do.Great to drive, ultra reliable and soooo cheap......shame the Mrs doesn't like Mondeos though.....Any particular reason,or is it just daft snobbery?
Interested to see what comes up here, we have a 130 Passat Sport, very effective, 50mpg, amazingly quick, but quite dull - A6 similar even the quick ones, only interesting because of the speed, We had a Scooby estate before, great fun but down to 20mpg!! and ate tyres for breakfast. Merc before that, great build, very quick real gents express, still not really fun. We have borrowed a Honda, maybe more effective than the VW but still dull. If you liked your VR6, a fav of mine, then try a 130 tdi Golf a pretty good - compromise good luck R
Audi A6 Avant 1.9Tdi
130hp, 65mpg, cheap to run - vaiable servicing, reliable.
Cheap to buy secondhand.
I love sports cars and estates are crap.
Until we wise up and think hang on that guy with an estate years ago was on to something.
I would like a sports convertible but the weather sucks and I need the room for bike and luggage.
I've been offered a V-reg BMW 520 estate E39 for £1000. It has a new head but the bottom ends are strong. It's not fast on 0-60 9.8 secs but cruises on the motorway and will go up to 138mph.
Might be just the thing for those Wales trips.
Crap I'm getting old!
Right, got the answer for you which marries the old (Corrado) with practicality.... Audi 80-based estate.
x type 2.2 sport. Pulls like a train, 40mpg average.
Hora you might be on to something there, Audi RS2 perhaps?
personally i'd go for the Passat TDI myself.
Just bought a saloon Passat TDI 130 and it goes when you want it to but its also giving me a steady 45-50 mpg on the commute to work (half busy motorway half busy edinburgh traffic)
and they don't look half bad in my opinion
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