- Banger(ish)nomics – Station car
Looking at options for a station car. A reliable, cheap beater that can be used for short jaunts and left at the station, hence nothing flash or shiny. Also needs to be up to occasional motorway use to and from Heathrow.
Reliable, petrol, 5dr, air con and isofix are the only real essentials. Bit of fun to drive in the local lanes an advantage (used to have a sparky little Polo coupé that was like a roller skate!)
Fiesta? Up/Citigo? Anything else?Posted 6 months agochakapingSubscriber
I have a 1.4l petrol Fiesta Zetec from 2007 that I use for similar.
It’s very pleasant and engaging to drive with enough power, precise steering and well-balanced handling. And Ford’s design from that era (bodywork and interior) is excellent, IMO.
Been very reliable too.Posted 6 months agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
A reliable, cheap beater that can be used for short jaunts and left at the station, hence nothing flash or shiny.
With your history, Volvo C30?
https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201907099906562?advertising-location=at_cars&transmission=Manual&price-to=1500&postcode=fk159hx&model=C30&page=1&make=VOLVO&fuel-type=Petrol&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=Used&modal=descriptionPosted 6 months agodoris5000Member
can’t offer a personal opinion, but my boss bought himself a slightly aged 3-door Suzuki Ignis as an emergency thing to get himself through a couple of months after his old motor was written off.
He liked it so much he’s still doing 50 miles a day in it 5 years later…Posted 6 months agoNicoMember
That’s not going to be a “beater” – I suppose it’s all relative. Small runabouts tend to be expensive as they are popular with first time buyers, for insurance reasons. On the other hand you can buy old luxo-barges for modest outlay (if price is a factor). Anything Japanese – the world’s your oyster. I’d go for something like a Berlingo simply because the most fun car I ever owned was a Renault 4 and I feel this is the modern equivalent. YMMV.Posted 6 months agoandrewreayMember
If your trip to the airport isn’t a long one, I’d second the Panda.
Had one for similar purposes, and it was great. Zippy off the lights and great fun around town and in the lanes. Feels like a go kart.
Isofix isn’t standard, so you’d need to check to be sure. Kids loved it though.
I can’t pretend it’s the perfect motorway cruiser.
But… it’s got character. Cheap to run and easy to fix.
You start to understand why there are so many on the roads in Italy after you’ve spent some time with one.Posted 6 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Looking at options for a station car. A reliable, cheap beater that can be used for short jaunts and left at the station, hence nothing flash or shiny.
12 hours and no one has suggested a bike or posted a picture of a polar bear?
What about some sensible shoes and walk to the station?
Standards are slipping round here.Posted 6 months ago
We used to have a Citigo and it was a great car – I wish we’d never sold it. Everything was just so well thought out, and you just rev’ed the nuts out of it. It was both fun and sensible. Some pals of ours since bought an Up! and they love it for just the same reasons.Posted 6 months agosingletrackmindMember
Focus 2ltr zetec.Posted 6 months ago
They made them by the thousands which means cheap and plentiful.
You don’t give a budget but for less than a couple of grand you can get a nice clean example.
Should tick those boxes but be a lot nicer on the motorway runs and the handling is right up there with the best fwd hatchbacks.
Also seats down means room for bikes inside x 2, which Shirley had to be a factor.v8ninetySubscriber
Agree. 100hp is a borderline classic now, and would be a travesty to wastes as a station car. However, a normal panda would be a perfect fit. Cheap as chips to run, insure, fuel and fix, undesirable to nick, and some have even got aircon. Surprisingly fun to drive in a go kart sort of way, and boingy suspension and tallish walled tyres laugh off potholes. Perfect for the man with nothing to prove (or compensate for 😉) with his car.Posted 6 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
The answer to all these questions is ALWAYS a Panda 100hp.
Put a 2003 Punto into a garage yesterday, a gift to stepson for commuting to his first job (shifts). It needed a cat and a manifold, price quoted : ‘£210 all in’. Blimey. They get quite well reviewed by the AA.
The only two cars ever to score Zero on the NCAP safety tests IIRC!Posted 6 months ago
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