New Car help me decide
Just got the news that am gettin 6 grand for my beloved defender 90 that was stolenbut cant decide what to replace it with, need a bike transporter, motorway blaster and light offroader i’m thinking freelander or a van or another defender ( ruled by the heart not the head on the last one ).
Any post 2004 freelander owners or any other suggestionsPosted 9 years ago
clunker dont tell me this please i want one but i’m doing more motorway miles and less offroad and sitting behind lorries on the motorway and being unable to hear the radio above 30mph is no good. God i loved my defender so much character 🙂 no i must not buy another defender should I?Posted 9 years ago
Considering the OP probably liked his Defender then a Disco or Freelander fits his bill (but go for the TD4 engine!). Otherwise a 2.0XT Forester would be my choice if I didnt already own a Forester 😀
I’ve had a couple of problems with mine but would still have another.
Aged hora.Posted 9 years ago
Doesn’t have to be an estate or one of those silly 4×4’s… 😈
If you must have AWD, you could buy a nice big saloon and a towbar bike rack. Predictably, that’s what I did. 😆
Someone above compares the 2.5 & 2.7 Audi diesels. I’ve had both. The 2.7 gives over 10mpg better fuel consumption than the 2.5 in my hands and is both more refined and pokier. Another advantage; chain driven cams. No bank busting 80k belt changes now 😉 I briefly considered the 3.0l but it only comes in AWD flavour which I thought unecessary for my driving.
I’d never buy a big 4×4 style (Landrover etc) vehicle for ‘normal’ driving. I couldn’t justify the low MPG and poor refinement/performance to myself. I’d have one if I lived somewhere that needed it or had a yen for green laning. Otherwise…Posted 9 years ago
Subaru’s? As the dealer network is indistinct/small (they tend to stock more than one marque or dont have full corporate branding etc so… I think you can get away with Subaru Indie stamps on the service book. Its not as important (anywhere near Audi-levels IMO). I did have one ‘main dealer’ service- I rang up and said how much could they do a oil/filters service for- £100+VAT.
Stonemonkey, please try a Legacy or turbo Forester, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Mine pulls round roundabouts like a train on tracks. I went for a non-turbo as I prone to occasional silliness.Posted 9 years ago
stonemonkey – Member
what are the running costs on audi/ subaru’s in terms of serviving
Relative to what? I can’t recall specifics but the 2.5 A6 I had was ~£150-~£200 for a minor service and ~£300-~£400 for a major at Audi. I always haggle with them and they invariable drop their menu driven price by a significant sum. Less than BMW/Merc but more than Ford etc. I think they are cheaper now. IIRC if you have a look on Audi’s website, they have servicing costs there.
I haven’t had the 2.7 serviced yet but expect it to be simlar in cost to its predecessor.Posted 9 years ago
I have an Audi A6 and can confirm that the running costs are low compared to comparable vehicles. Audi variable service means you can go up to 30k miles, or around 20 months between services. Standard service was around £250 and I was doing 12k per annum between intervals at 18-19k miles and at around 20 months. No idea how you can get to 30k unless you are doing say 1000 miles a week. I get an average 55-60mpg too. Not bad for a big car.
My friend had a Discovery and never came away from the dealer with a bill less than £600. I’m sure the standard service was nowhere near as much as this, but there was always something going wrong.
Japanese cars (bat Nissan) are a good bet.Posted 9 years agoNZColSubscriber
As a confirmed subaru person we have a Legacy GT (2008) and a 2005 2.5WRX. The legacy is beautiful to drive, soooo nice, very very comfortable, very very fast and swallows loads of gear and passengers. The WRX on the other hand rides like a concrete patio and goes round corners as fast as it goes on a straight line ! I love them, i had a 08 forester xt which was written off in a crash (rear ended at 70kmh while i was stationary). It probably saved my life being so solid. But i;d never buy another forester XT as it handled like a marshmallow and was not very useful as a road car and an offroad car – was a bit lost. The new shape, to me, is awful and so badly put together. I considered a new XT but when i drove it i realised that the magic has gone in the Forester for me – feels cheap, tinny and not grunty enough. Even the 2.0r Legacy (or 2.5r now) is awesome to drive.Posted 9 years ago
Bloody ell Nzcol you are somewhat of a connoisseur. I’ve not driven a Legacy yet, how does it compare to a Imprezza? (if you’ve driven one).
Stonemonkey, if you have a rugged-mindset, why not buy another Defender?Posted 9 years ago
I imagine your old one has been broken up now and its parts currently listed on Ebay 🙁cpSubscriber
another heads up for a legacy – either standard estate or an outback if you want a bit of extra ground clearance.
i’ve driven my dad’s 2.0 04 plate many a time, and it’s just a superb car – very well made and very good quality materials.
i’ve always thought the servicing very reasonable for main dealers – a recent 60k major service with cambelt change was 400quid. it’s not needed anything other than standard servcing. oh, sorry, the alarm (sigma i think) unit needed replacing after the range of operation of the fobs went to about 3 feet – about £150. it’s even on it’s original brake pads/discs!
you’ll get a lot of car for your 6k.Posted 9 years agocpSubscriber
should have mentioned, he had a forester (98 s-plate) before the leggy, and the legcay is in a completely different league – not that the forester is particularly bad for handling for what it does, but wow, the legacy is just driver focussed with great comfort and refinement for passengers…
i don’t work for scooby – just really like the legacy!!!Posted 9 years ago
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