I picked up a cheap Renault Laguna for my. Missus, cheap as chips, no dpf as it's a basic model and it's now done 40,000 with us and 65,000 miles with no problems s at all.
What medium diesel hatchback?
It might well be worth looking at the next size up, you can get a better car for the same money.
Think Mondeo rather than Focus, Accord instead of Civic, Avensis not Auris etc.
I went out to buy a Mazda 3 and ended up with a much nicer Mazda 6 for the same money.
I wouldn't recommend a vw, skoda or audi at your price point as they will all have the 2.0 pd engine which is plagued with injector faults (older 1.9 and newer common rail engines are fine however).
That's definitely true, I upsized Focus to Mondeo and got a newer, lower mile, better spec car for the same money. Mind you, every time I have to park the ****er I have fond memories of my old Focus, the Mondeo's physically bigger than a lot of parking spaces...
Yep, when I ws looking at cars I went in asking about Golfs etc but the Passat was cheaper. People don't want then because they are considered rep mobiles, or are too big. This class of car is better equipped and built, with more sound insulation etc, and needn't be any less economical on the motorway. Also nicer to do a long way in. You get fully independent rear suspension for instance.
Issues are starting to come up. Faults here and there
Remember that a car is not one thing, it's a collection of components, most of which are not inter related. So if an EGR valve fails for instance that does not mean your rear shocks are going to fail soon, or anything else at all will happen.
It's an opportunity to upgrade, in my opinion, and save some money in the long run.
I've drove the parents mondeo and it doesn't fit in works car park ha.
I must say I've never had any problems with my Passat, it just feels like a normal sized car now.
Passat is a normal sized car, closer to the Focus in size according to Parkers. Mondeo is a chunk bigger in all dimensions- which is why, frinstance, at my local Asda the tyres touch the white lines on both sides of the parking spaces, and with the nose touching the fence the boot still sticks a foot into the road.
I'm finally rid of the Focus from hell and am now the proud owner of an '10 Skoda Octavia Estate 1.9TDI (no DPF ). Under 40k on the clock but i've seen them with around 90-100k going for around £5k. A big comfy cruiser that'll be cheap enough to keep on the road - £100 VED and hopefully around 45-50mpg. Cheaper to insure than the focus too and best of all it actually moves forward when you press the 'fast' pedal.
"It's an opportunity to upgrade, in my opinion, and save some money in the long run."
unless your running a v8 you will save fack all.
If you want a nicer car (lets face it, you've got an old Astra- I don’t blame you) then fair enough.
However, if you are looking to actully save money overall trail rat is right. Spending £5k up front to save future fuel bills probably won't work. Astras aren't that thirsty and are pretty cheap to fix if they break. Your new car would have to be exceptionally economical and totally reliable to make the difference.
Well I'm happy to admit I fancy a newer motor too.
My Astra is awful on petrol well for motorway miles anyway.
With the trade in price I've got for mine and some bits and bobs I've sold that were sat around the outlay isn't an issue.
Anyone have any experience, positive or negative, of the 1.9 JTD Fiat Bravo 07/08?
Seem to be a good price and cheap to insure/tax.
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