- Moon on a stick second hand car query
I’m crap at buying cars. My other half, however, is sick of being trapped indoors when I head off with the bike rack for the day and has insisted that I get a small/medium thing for not much money so she can do whatever it is she does while I’m gone.
I want decent nick, reliable, economical, not vast mileage, capable of cruising on the motorway if absolutely necessary, and able to get a bike with front wheel off and other gear in the back with the seats down…
Budget is 1K to 2K…
Any ideas?Posted 5 years agoBiscuit PoweredMember
From that moon on a stick list of requirements –
Citroen Xsara? Maybe the 2.0 HDi for economy and motorway mile munching?
Essentially the same car as a Pug 306 HDi but less desirable, and therefore cheaper. Probably half the price of an equivalent mk1 Focus.
Lots of space inside for bikes with the back seats down.
They don’t really rust and the basic mechanicals are rugged.
Parts are relatively cheap and plentiful.
HDi engine will do big mileage without bother as long as it’s looked after. No DMF or FAP on the xsaras either.
Main thing with them (and all citroens/pugs/renaults) of the post 2000 multiplex wiring era is the electrics can be ‘temperamental’.
But if you want to satisfy your requirements within the 1k – 2k band, this is one of your options. Can get a decent one for that money easy.Posted 5 years ago
Xsara sounds interesting. Wouldn’t normally consider a citroen. I’ve got to that stage in my life where I don’t care what it looks like, as long as it starts in the morning and doesn’t crumble into a heap of rust after a year.
What are the Fabias like? I’ve always associated them with ‘hat on the back shelf’ type elderly drivers.
I used to have a pug 205 gti. Great fun. Won’t those be 90% rust and chewing gum now?
If I had my way I’d get a van, but I’m not sure I’d get away with it.Posted 5 years agoMoolyMember
Citroen xsara – “as long as it starts in the morning and doesn’t crumble into a heap of rust after a year.”Posted 5 years ago
It may start once but that may be all you get out of it – had one passed down from family a few years ago and was utter Sh*t.
I have just been in the same market and have got a VW Golf for £1500 – 1.6 petrol so not the most economical but should last a few years and will be reliable.
Either this or Octavia, Fabia – Polo (if its for the Mrs she’ll love a polo) get a diesel and your away.qu1ntMember
Hold on, I’m sure he said reliable & decent nick so clearly anything French is completely out of the question, just look on the hard shoulder next time you’re on a motorway !
A 10 yr old Civic with around 80/90k on can be had for around £1500 if not less, will be better built & more reliable than many modern cars from across the channel 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Mtbfix – that would test my airy claims about not caring about looks to the absolute limit!
From Parkers: “Yaris Verso delivers functionality and value for money in equal measures. Unfortunately, it looks like the hatchback of Notre Dame. Shame, because it’s good to drive, surprisingly economical to run and should prove utterly dependable. As a tall mini-MPV it packs as much flexible load space as possible into a small car. The down side is an appearance that turns anyone who looks at it to stone.”
I’ll give it some thought though. Cheers.Posted 5 years ago
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