What £400-£500 estate car to get me to Sweden? (and maybe back)
I’m entertaining the idea of trying to get to Sweden to ride some bikeparks later this summer.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t have a car at the moment. I need a car to get me 1500 miles (possibly the same amount back, if I must)
I’d need to be able to sleep in it so need an estate.
I’ve had good luck with Volkswagens in the past, any other tips for a potentially reliable cheap estate car?
Done this trip to Varmland loads of times, which way are you going? Factor in the bridge/ferry crossing in Denmark, I always take the ferry Helsingor/Helsinborg. As said above by GEDA Sweden is very long and no motorways like we have here, well maybe aroud Stockholm. Its a fab place and the people are great when you get past the reserved bit.Posted 4 years ago
Blatant hijack: does any one know anything about mtb in Finland?
Hope you forgive the hijack aye-aye, also, I don’t know much about cars but have had VWs and they’re great for reliability. Also maybe consider a small van, I’ve got a fiesta van which I find great for carrying bikes, too small to.sleep in but something a bit bigger might suit you.Posted 4 years agoscaledMember
In the last 45000 miles my avensis estate has had some new tyres, lots of fuel and a new cam belt.
I snapped the cam belt while driving to a ride in the peak, turns out I need to do something bigger than that to get rid of the thing!
It’s a 2.0 petrol so can be a bit thirsty but it seems at it’s happiest at 60mph on the motorway and encourages you to take your time and enjoy the scenery 😀Posted 4 years ago
There is lots of singletrack stuff around Helsinki, I wouldn’t expect to use a long travel full susser but lots of good stuff to ride, lots and lots of rocks as well. I dont know specifically of any of the trail centres. Any bike shop will give you the info. Finns are very reserved untill you put beer in them then they go crazy 😆 you will support Jokerit 😉
Helsinki is a brilliant place have fun.
Cycling is huge in Finland as a way of transport. Nothing better that cycling home at 3 in the morning and its still light in the summer. Winters cn be testing for some but I loved them.Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
aye-ayePosted 4 years ago
I’ve got a 2002 Mondeo Estate sat doing nothing outside my house (MOT till Feb 2014, new battery, tyres are all virtually new). I’m too lazy to bother selling it, but did make a half hearted attempt here http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/2002-ford-mondeo-20l-tddi-115bhp-zetec-diesel-estate-600-yorkshire-area
I’m willing to negotiate as it needs driving (it’s starting to go a bit musty inside having been sat there for months). The original alloys must be worth £100.
Yeah get the Mondeo. Real bargain!
failing that i’d buy a Vauxhall Astra 1996 era (mk3) very basic, reliable and cheap. Either go for teh 1.4 petrol or the 1.7d (isuzu engine)
I did 1,800 miles in a 1.4 around Europe 2 summers ago and it never missed a beat! Sold it when I got back fr £50 more than I bought it for with 115,000 on the clock.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
A petrol Focus, particularly the 2.0L can be had very cheaply and would be big enough to sleep in. Often the 2.0L models come with more toys. Diesel ones will cost considerably more.
The Mondeo above looks a decent buy as long as that whining noise upon start-up isn’t the dual mass fly wheel. Removing the sensor in the bellhousing (crank)I think is a good clue as if it is breaking up it will be covered in metal fillings.
Other recommendations would be some variant of the Japanese petrol estate – bland but reliable.Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Just driven the Mondeo Estate to Halifax and back (ironically to fetch a part for my new car)and it’s all still good, heater on full as it’s getting a bit musty. No whining noise incidentally altho it’s always been intermittent, I assumed it was wearing bearings in one of the bits that runs off a belt, but no idea really. Everything still as per the advert, but it now needs a replacement rear brake caliper. It’s seized up being sat outside my house, the garage unseized it (common Mondeo fault according to them), but it needs replacing (£35 2ndhand or £70 new). I’ll take £300 with the caliper fault, or £400 if you insist on me sorting it.Posted 4 years agoteenratMember
get a Suzuki baleno estate, you will easily get one for £400. My brother lives in Kiruna, Northern Sweden and he has made the return journey from Pembrokeshire to Kiruna twice now ( approaching 2000 miles each way). Not one mechanical issue ever since he has had it – it is totally bomb proof and suprisingly good on fuel for a 1.8 ptrolPosted 4 years agoaye-ayeMember
Thanks for all the info, lots of options.
I’m not sure which way i’ll be going but mappy reckoned fastest route is about 1500 miles to Jarvso, I’d definitely want to visit Are too though. Shimano trail looks ace.
I haven’t factored in bridge/ferries yet (in fact so far it’s just a drunken plan!)
Thanks for the info on the Mondeo B.A. unfortunately I can’t currently drive due to shoulder surgery, so won’t be buying for a while yet.
Sounds like a reasonable car for £400 is a possibility, which is very encouraging.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
You could probably pick up a reasonable Volvo V70, around a P, R, S or T reg for something like £4-500. Loads of room in the back, good motors, and unlikely to have been thrashed. Just make sure previous owners have taken their string-backed driving gloves out of the glove box… 😉Posted 4 years ago
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