everyday fun/exciting car for 1500 stirlings…

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  • everyday fun/exciting car for 1500 stirlings…
  • I’m bored of my 14 year old Micra with 30000 original miles to commute in across London I want some excitement !

    Other cars in the family are

    Nissan Tino for the lady of the house…very boring to drive

    VW 1980s camper van…slow fun !

    Its got to be reliable

    BMW something or other

    Mercedes ?

    Ideas from the masses please….

    On ya marks go.

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    Big / small / indifferent?

    Best motor I’ve had in recent years is the mighty Mondeo. Might be a bit of a shock in London traffic after a Micra mind. (-:

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    BMW 3 series, and probably an E36 compact as they were always a bit tail happy if driven hard.

    z1ppy
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    Motorbike, definitely be more exciting in London traffic.

    Wow you can get MX5 for that apparently, surprised.

    Clio 172 / 182? They are cheap now and lots of fun. Not necessarily reliable but look for a good example and you might be lucky.

    Gary_M
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    Whats a stirling?

    wysiwyg
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    My mates selling a Clio cup thingy

    I’m in the same boat budget-wise. Going for an MX5

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    The cheapest Mx5’s are half that price

    Mk1 MX5 or 6N2 Polo GTI. Owned both and both were great little cars…

    ti_pin_man
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    You’ll get more for your money if you buy north of the border with Scottish Dollars 😉

    You don’t want to buy the cheapest MX5 though

    munrobiker
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    This cost us £1700 in June. It’s flipping excellent. You can get decent Mk1s for less, this is a Mk2.5. We bought it from the owner’s club as you’ll get something well looked after, but provided the sills and cambelt have been done then you’ll be fine as a general rule, and many of the ones on Gumtree and Ebay from private sellers are good.

    stumpy01
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    Ford Puma….

    jools182
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    mx5 +1

    easy to maintain, parts are cheap, and loads of fun

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    Yep MX5 would be the way to go. For living (parking) in London perhaps one with a hard top?

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    Drive an Mx5 first, not everyone likes them. I never saw the attraction

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    You mention BMW, you can probably get a Z3 for that kind of money.

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    mx5 + 1
    or
    Ford Puma
    or
    MR2 if you are feeling brave

    If that’s too small I’m sure Focus ST-170s are around that money now. Or Leon FR / Cupra (the older shape one based on the Mk IV Golf)

    Mx5 good plan I like it may have to take a look at one over the weekend

    Thanks all

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    davidrussell – Member
    Clio 172 / 182? They are cheap now and lots of fun. Not necessarily reliable but look for a good example and you might be lucky.

    Actually moar reliable than you’d think. Less toys the better though

    As said above MX5 or Focus 170.
    Toyota Celica (gen 7 facelift)
    Toyota MR2 3rd gen, reliable but labour costs can be high
    Nissan QX V6 if you want a q-car, would be big for London though
    Fiat Coupe but reliability can be an issue

    Underhill
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    I was in the same boat 6 months ago, looked at a couple of MR2s but they just didn’t click & I didn’t fancy the MX5 at all. Went to look at an MG TF just because it was local & fell in love.

    Surprisingly practical for a 2 seater, circa 40mpg, probably the largest luggage capacity in its class & bang on your budget. Only downside is that you may need to be the sort of person who enjoys tinkering to keep it sweet. Upside is there is a great community to help out with any problems, and the faults most people know about aren’t that big a problem really.

    Nonetheless, great value for money. Even the Red Arrows love it

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    Rover Coupe Turbo

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    Impreza turbo – easy to find for that money and reliable generally.

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    Contrary to popular belief this is both fun and reliable – Our Alfa 147

    The money you save on your budget will buy lots of fuel etc…

    agent007
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    Only one choice and a very good choice at that. Exclusivity, power, character, Italian styling, gorgeous interior, 28mpg, cheap at the moment but values starting to rise now, far more reliable than anyone would have you believe (FIAT are actually ahead of all German manufacturers for reliability yet still dogged by their 70’s/80’s reputation), won all the group tests when it came out, lovely 5 cylinder engine sound.

    Okay, another choice then, second choice would be a VW Corrado but not quite as capable as the FIAT and quite a bit more thirsty.

    Can’t believe nobody has suggested an old golf gti. My 2000 mk4 has 136k on the clock and fits the everyday fun requirement completely. I’m not selling though…

    beefheart
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    Something at that price from BMW or Mercedes will probably get expensive in the long run.
    Having owned an MX5 and a Clio 182, I would recommend both.
    Both were equally reliable, but I would probably choose the Clio over the MX5 for practicality.

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    My 2000 mk4

    You had me until the mk4 bit – what!?

    noltae
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    Corrolla T Sport ..

    agent007
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    Corrolla and M4 Golf? – I thought the OP wanted ‘exciting’?

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    Ford Puma….

    A Fiesta in a frock?

    Mx5 if you fancy a softop and care what other people think, MG TF if you can get past the smell of old man and can find a good one (anything well cared for and had the head gasket replace before it went not after).

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    A Fiesta in a frock?

    Have you driven one?

    stumpy01
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    thisisnotaspoon – Member

    Ford Puma….

    A Fiesta in a frock?

    Given that the Fiesta of it’s day was widely known to have a fantastic chassis and great handling……is that a bad thing? Couple it with the 1.7 Yamaha developed engine and it’s a very fun car to drive.

    As above – I take it you’ve driven one….?

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