- Which motor for long distance journeys and general reliability?
My lovely fat-cat bankers’ Volvo S80D has been officially written off by the insurance company *weeps*.
Things I liked about it; mpg (brilliant!), ability to shift on when I felt like it, extreme comfort (heated leather seats, fast acting heater), gadgets, looked good (until the zombie woman of Satan crashed into me).
Things I didn’t like; expensive repairs (but no more than my focus I suppose), stupidly shaped boot, erm… that’s it.
Anyway, I want to go back to an estate – sadly, the insurance value is likely to be in the region of 2.5K – what suits my list of likes ^^^?Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
I’d wholeheartedly recommend a Honda Accord.
Quite simply the most comfortable car I’ve ever been in.
the 2.2TDCI is very economical, pulls like a train and it’s very quiet inside.
In many years of ownership I’ve not had a single problem with it. Servicing is dirt cheap, it just keeps passing its MOT.
I’d have changed it years ago for a newer, nicer car but I just can’t convince myself to let it go.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks all. Hadn’t considered a BMW. Hora, low because it’s an ’02 (but only 120K miles). I’m happy with the insurance payout as I only paid £1600 for it 😀
Just looking at eBay to get a feel of what’s available – most of the motors mentioned above are either out of my price range or have 160K on the clock, or are older than ’02 (feels wrong to be buying something older than I had!). There are some bloody brilliant cars out there but I have to reign myself in and get something family-orientated…
Samuri – I had a very old Accord which I loved but mine was very, very slow.Posted 4 years ago
Had another look Samuri. The head says, “Yes” but the heart says, “Middle aged corner shop owner on his way to the cash and carry”. Sad, I know, but I like something with a little panache, even if I have to endure being burned off at the lights by some young’un in a Corsa.Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
At the risk of ridicule have you considered a Jag x-type diesel?, my neighbour has one and it’s a very nice place to be on a long drive, never needs any mech work and is very reliable.Posted 4 years agotomkertonMember
Mazda 6 estate. 2.0D – the excellent 2.2 prob out of your price range. Mine’s good, been v reliable over 40k miles and does all the things the OP asks for. You’ll be in the 100k range for £2.5k, I bought mine with 70k on it. You’ll need he ‘sport’ for leather seats though.Posted 4 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
Mk3 mondeo, you can here lots of my turbo blow etc etc type stories, but you hav eto look at the numbers sold. lots so there will be plenty of sob stories out there.
we put 90k (110k total) on ours, it seems pointless changing at the mo, and if i had to change i’d go for another 2l 130 TDCi or maybe a 2.2. the hatchs are big and the estates are huge inside.
I almost had a 2.2 accord, nothing against them at all.
2l petrol mondeos are cheap as chips and tend not to have mega miles on them, i know to one retired gentleman who a, does not hang about, b, gets 38mpg from mixed driving 40mpg on motorway cruise from his.
they just tend to be heavy on the road tax.
But you’ll end up with a another volvo, an estate this time.Posted 4 years ago
nowt wrong with that.b rMember
Reminds me of my old auto Omega 3.0i. Most comfortable long distance car I’ve ever had. Solid and fast too, in ‘police’ spec. 🙂
I swapped it for a E39 535i, nice place to be, but it felt like a step back in car terms – older chassis, style etc.
What about a Saab 95, or another Volvo?
If you look at an X-type (which BTW is a cracking car, I had the 3.0i last year), check for chassis rot.Posted 4 years agorocketmanMember
45k from new in a Mk4 Mondeo 160 just keep filling it up with diesel. Storms up hills, wooshes past slower traffic, comfortable roomy and quiet inside, boot big enough to have a party in, park it anywhere no-one gives it a second glance. Loads to choose from, dark silver colour means it doesn’t even need cleaning.
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mk3 mondeo, 2.5k will get you a well specced one.Posted 4 years ago
2.2tdci is the engine of choice, the 2.0 115bhp has a slight flat spot at low revs, which is a pita (i have one) and the 2.0 130bhp has belt driven cams, (maintenance ££)
a very boring car, mainly because it just gets on with whatever you want to do with no drama.
i will probably buy another, if i can wear this one out. (156k, going strong, hasnt been regularly serviced in the 80k ive had it)craigxxlMember
Mondeo 2.2 estate here. No issues, cheap to run and service. Had the 2.0 130bhp hatch before again without problems. All the engines are chain driven and no issues with breakage like BMW.Posted 4 years ago
Keep looking at new cars but every time I get back in mine I realise how good it is and the competition needs to be much better to justify the cost of change.willMember
Saab 95 or 93 would be my call.
2005 2.2TIDPosted 4 years ago
“2.0 130bhp has belt driven cams, (maintenance ££)”
OH NOOOOOS maintainance.
you realise its much cheaper to change a belt every 40-60k/3 years than it is to sort a chain once its gone baggy. –Posted 4 years ago
most chains do have a service interval at around 100k just not a time based one like beltsigmSubscriber
Avoid Audi if you do high mileages. Our experience of 4 of them (my wife’s company cars) was not good. Bits of engine and engine management packing up, air con dying, not that well built really.
The current shape Ford Mundane was a revaluation – so that’s how cars are meant to be screwed together. Only car I’ve ever willingly had a second one of when the lease was up.
Currently on an S-Max (boring but good – posh bike van) and a BMW 320d ED. The BMW is not as refined as the Fords but for high mileage (62.3 real life mpg) and reasonable speed (8ish secs 0-60) it’s a very good compromise. Slightly better drive than the Mondeo too – far better than the S-Max.Posted 4 years ago
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