Which oldish car to keep?
a consideration with the milage is how much milage you do, if you’re a pretty low milage driver then the costs of running a 75k car is pretty similar to a 25k one – unless either is approaching an expensive timing belt change.
Think about how long you’d keep the car and the miles you’re likely to do in that time, and the service milestones either will pass in that time. Over a longer time frame – 5 years perhaps- both would incur a timing belt change, just one sooner and one later. But unless you drive a lot then neither are would incur two belt changes.
and buy a nice bike
yeah Ben, buy yourself a nice bike. I don’t know how you’ve managed all this time with just the one 🙂Posted 4 years agocodybrennanMember
I’d keep the ForFour. Good mechanicals, robust body, decent electricals, not bad to drive. Look ok, to me, anyway.
I’d take it along to Kwik-Fit and get them to do a re-gas on the A/C. If it holds, you’ve fixed it, and you’re only out about 45 quid. If it doesn’t, you get it for nothing, and you have a bit more diagnostic info to go on (ie, its not as simple as needing a re-gas….)Posted 4 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
I may be missing something here, but isnt there a possibility of a conversation between some very nice parents in the near future:
“I cant believe we gave Ben out perfectly nice car and he just sold it and still drives around in that overheating tupperware box. No wonder….”
Or have you got their ok to just sell their car and pocket the cash?Posted 4 years agovondallySubscriber
which do you like driving the best?
Does either make you smile more than the other?
excellent point on timing belts….
running costs inc insurance…smart lower…put money you save on running in savings for that rainy day or new bike
Smart with 75k is what I would choosePosted 4 years ago
A bit of a dilemma we’re stuck with, and I could do with some advice from people who know about cars. We’ve currently got an ’05 plate Smart Forfour, but have been offered an ’05 plate Renault Megane by my parents who just bought a new car. So basically we can keep one, but can’t decide which one to keep:
’05 Smart Forfour 1.3, about 75,000 miles, has had very few problems apart from the AC which hasn’t worked for several years.
’05 Renault Megane 1.6, about 26,000 miles, had a few niggly electrical problems but now all okay except the blower only works on full.
So keep the small, efficient car with high mileage, or the larger car with low mileage (and working AC)?
Thanks 😉Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for all the advice – the Smart is indeed a chain not a belt (that’s better, right?) – sounds as if keeping the Smart is the better option. I don’t think it’d be fair to take the Megane then sell it 😉
I’m not really a car person, can you tell? Just want something to carry bike stuff and offspring reliably. Besides, I’ve just bodged the Smart seats to fold flat by removing a spare bit…
Posted 4 years agoeasygirlSubscriber
I’ve had 3 rennosPosted 4 years ago
A Picasso And 2 renault megane sports
2 from new, one 2 years old.
Never had one electrical problem with any.
Only problem wih the meganesport was faulty door handles which needed replacing
They are a lot better than they used to be 15 years ago
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