Cars – What could go wrong?
DavidB – Member
…So I’ve done something really silly and handed the whole problem over to wife…
My father made that mistake. Gave my mother a budget figure, enough to buy a new decent spec Mini (back in the 60s).
She came home with a very nice slightly used Jag Mk8. 🙂Posted 9 months agoCountZeroMember
Vauxhall Zafira. Good luck.
Nothing wrong with the Zafira, other than the heater issue that causes spontaneous immolation, but I think those are the ones built by Samsung, so best avoided.Posted 9 months ago
Otherwise, the newer models are fine, there’s a 63-plate one sat outside at the moment, one of at least a dozen, probably nearer twenty I’ve driven over the last ten-eleven months, and the more recent ones are comfy, well-equipped, the one I’ve got at the mo’ has DAB, but no satnav, goes like the clappers, it’s a 2.0 diesel, six-speed ‘box, and just does its job well.
I’d suggest a Qashqai as well, loads about, as they’re popular with the Motability crowd, as are Zafiras, are also pretty well equipped, one I drove this afternoon had a heated screen, first I’ve seen on a Nissan.
The Ford B-Max, C-Max and S-Max are also great cars, especially the B-Max, being Fiesta-based they’re really nimble little cars, but the sliding rear doors make a huge difference to rear access, with the hatch up, doors slid back and front doors open, getting stuff into the back is a piece of piss.
Plus all Fords get heated screens, good seats, great engines, and are just terrific family cars, I haven’t driven a duff one yet.
The C-Max gets conventional rear doors, unless you go for the Grand C-Max 7-seater, which is basically Ford’s answer to the Zafira.
Got to be high up the list to be looked at.
In seriousness, this:
-car must fit 3 people and 2 bikes with wheels off
my daughter is learning
Are mutually exclusive. I expect that anything that meets your criteria will cost
youthem more than the cost of the vehicle on insurance.
I know you’re not being involved, but I’d strongly suggest you recommend they get insurance quotes before buying anything. I think if it were me I’d budget £500-1000 on something with about 50PS for the daughter and the rest on the family car.Posted 9 months agoMrOvershootSubscriber
DavidB – Member
They have come home with a red Mazda 2. 2012 30k on the clock and got £2.2k for our shagged out X-Trail
It could have been worse
Could have been a lot worse
From Honest John
+Enjoyable and fun to drive. Economical engines. Sensibly priced. Feels well built. Ride harshness over bumps improved for 2011.
-Interior plastics aren’t soft to touch. Side bump strips a dealer-fit option. rear seats don’t fold flat.Posted 9 months ago
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