- Car boosted – looking on the bright side – what to replace it with?
Went to go to the skip today only to find my car has been nicked from round the corner. Super news! Maybe I will see it again but if I don’t, what should I replace it with? It was a Focus ST3, about 6 years old.
Things I liked about it: quick, petrol, estate, nice practical boot space, fun to drive. Things I didn’t like so much: front wheel drive only went through lots of tyres (would prefer 4wd with that amount of torque). Things I don’t want in a new car: diesel, something boring, something that’s going to catch the eye of the neds.
I know there is a 4wd Octavia VRS estate and that would be right up my street if it wasn’t a diesel. Always liked the idea of stealth cars too. How I am going to pay for this car TBC but I hope to get 6k from the insurance and will finance the rest somehow. Think £20k or £25k budget in total.
what does the hive mind think??Posted 1 month agoescrsMember
So you want a fast petrol estate with 4wd and understated looks
Has to be an Audi S4 Avant, supercharged 3.0 V6 pushing out 330bhp, 25k will get you a 2014/15 or even a 2016 one, go for a black edition one with under 50k on the clock, they are all autos with the flappy paddles behind the steering wheel
That will be my next car
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Fast Fords being (easily!) stolen from street corners to be used as getaway cars… It’s like the 90’s never went away!
Spend 3k on the car and the other 23k on fuelling the best cycling enjoyment for the next 10 years.
10 years? How boring your life must be! I don’t think £23k would last me 6 months of enjoying myself on a bike…
Golf r estate
Unless you MUST have something different for whatever reason, I can’t think of anything that fits the criteria better… Can still be had on an (almost) affordable lease deal too… A bit predictable for sure, but anything else is going to be significantly flawed in some way, except maybe the Seat Leon Cupra ST equivalent, which is essentially the same car just not as nicely finished, and with much worse residuals…Posted 1 month agooldtennisshoesSubscriberwinstonSubscriber
Or you could get a Focus 1.6 Ecoboost Estate for around 10k-12k which lets face it is far more than quick enough for uk roads ((180bhp 7.5 seconds, 140 mph)) and less likely to get ‘boosted’ and a GSX R1000 with the remainder. That way if you want to go properly quick it will take some skill, a track and you’ll probably only damage yourself.
I’m no captain slow but what is the point of a fast car in the UK unless you track it? In which case you wan’t be wanting an estate
….unless you need a getaway car obvsPosted 1 month agohols2Member
I guess I should also be thinking about how to prevent the next car from getting stolen…
Get one of these. Boost it with some fat wheels and lowered suspension so it handles sweet. Remove the mufflers and run a straight pipe out the side, plus a lumpy cam and a bonnet scoop with K&N air filter. You will be the envy of the block.
Posted 1 month agotimmysSubscriber
You can get the Octavia vrs in petrol and 4wd. Alternative is the seat Leon. Slightly left field is a skoda superb 280, golf r underpinnings in a bigger body.
Pretty sure you the VRS is only available in 4×4 in diesel. Superb 280 is a great shout though for a stealthy option.Posted 1 month agogonefishinMember
I can honestly say that I never want to sit in a Golf R ever again. The suspension is harsh beyond belief (and I had a old 2.5 l Focus ST at the time) the turning circle is terrible and the boot was tiny although that wasn’t the estate. Honestly the 330i touring that I now have is way better than the old Focus and streets ahead of the Golf. Faster, more comfortable, more practical and more economical too.Posted 1 month agorsl1Member
With that money i’d buy a boring estate and something small and fun as well. I have a fast estate but the reality is an estate can never be fun and most of the time I’m just paying lots in fuel for the increasingly infrequent 4 second burst up to the speed limit.
I’m planning to sell the estate and use the gf’s jazz for bike duties and mx-5 for fun (although I’ve found the jazz is just as lively if provoked).
If you’re set on fast estate, do it properly and get an M5 V10 and save the extra 10k to fix it (edit:this may catch the eye of the neds though…)Posted 1 month ago
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