- Yet another What Car? thread, fix vs. replace, possible electric/Audi content…
Apologies in advance to anyone struggling to keep a banger going in order to keep their job and feed their family, first world problems, peak STW etc.
So my 2005 Seat Leon Mk1 (1.8 turbo) is going in for its MOT and having almost made it to 100K miles, and I don’t have high hopes for it passing without the need for moderately expensive repairs (definitely needs both rear door locks replaced which will involve breaking out one jammed one).
It’s still running well, quite fun to drive, but it’s definitely coming to the end of its relatively-trouble-free life. Therefore I am considering replacing it rather than spending more on repairs (if they find anything substantial) than it’s worth (perhaps £1.5k on a good day)
My requirements are: 5 door hatchback, doesn’t need to hold children, pets or bikes, is used only a couple of times a week, usually once for a supermarket run and once for a 60 mile round trip mostly on the motorway, plus occasional cargo/IKEA trips and longer-distance runs (400+ miles), and wants to be something I like the look of and can enjoy driving. I’m definitely no driving god or master of ‘making progress’ but I do like to have a bit of response to the accelerator. Definitely looking for used rather than brand new, but low mileage.
Budget is a funny thing – I have (through inheritance and luck more than judgement) got more money available than I am willing to consider spending on a car. I’ve only ever bought one car (the aforementioned Seat) and am still stuck in the mindset that ten grand is a lot. My wife recently bought a Toyota Yaris for around that, and I have driven that and found it a bit anaemic and want something better/more powerful, so clearly I need to recalibrate what is ‘worth it’ for me.
Having said all that, I quite like the look of something like an Audi A3 or S3. Obviously buying an Audi would instantly turn me into, well, and Audi driver, but apart from that, would the running costs and maintenance be deadly? Should I go electric instead – my driving patterns don’t really seem to suit electric in my view – I have a garage and a drive so charging at home wouldn’t be a problem, but for the long distance trips I’m not so sure? Are all ‘nice’ electric cars (e.g. Tesla) way outside my budget? Advice please!Posted 2 months agopenguinniSubscriber
I would go for a nice Golf GTD. Brilliant car. Or an Audi A3 – I have a 2.0 TDI S-Line and its a pleasure to drive. Plenty of room, nippy and very easy on fuel.The S-Line suspension is a bit firm and takes a bit of getting used to but other than that they are a great car – mine is 2009 and they aren’t big money.Posted 2 months agomisteralzMember
I had an Audi S3 a few years ago and while it was ludicrously quick and also lovely inside, it had literally less than Zero soul. Not quite Korean levels of soullessness, but still. I’ve got a mk5 GTI now. You’d get a mk6 for your 10k budget and you’d never need anything else.Posted 2 months agogonefishinMember
Volvo 2.5 engine tuned to St spec, don’t know about mpg figures but will be into 30, s on a run
I used to have one and you’d be lucky to get into the 30s. Mid 20s was a more common average. Great car, poor economy and eats front tyres. You also won’t get a low mileage one these days. The newer ST will likely be better.Posted 2 months agobeejSubscriber
I have an Audi S3 currently and while it is ludicrously quick and also lovely inside, it has literally less than Zero soul.
To be fair to the S3, it’s slightly more interesting than the S4 I had before.
Get a Golf. GTi or R, depending on how sprightly you want to be. If it’s an R, the blue is nice although everyone thinks the same so there are so many of them around. Virtual cockpit is neat too.Posted 2 months ago
Slightly disappointingly in the end (except for my bank balance), the MOT revealed only one dud sidelight bulb aside from the jammed door, so it looks like no new car for me this year!
Thanks for all the tips though. Golf (R, potentially) definitely interesting, not convinced by the Panda (!), simple replacement with a new(er) Seat Leon does kinda make sense actually. Low(ish) mileage Volvo C30 or BMW 130i seems hard to find…Posted 2 months ago
Yeah it’s a win really, but I’d started to get a little bit kid-on-Christmas-Eve about the excitement of new shiny thing… still, happy to keep the current car going, as I do enjoy driving it and it does meet all my current needs. Might get it valeted and deep cleaned as a reward for faithful service.Posted 2 months ago
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