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      07-16-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Change of circumstances mean I want the cash from my car, and cheaper monthly running costs, but I need something to get about in.

looking at something about 4/5k, and there seem to be plenty of Megane 225's about at that price (im sure for a good reason!) as well as getting into Mini territory as well.

any pointers/suggestions on the Meganes? fancy a bit of a (big) pocket rocket, I know these have been discussed previously on here.

other option is another e46, 320 m-sport or something similar.
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      07-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Change of circumstances mean I want the cash from my car, and cheaper monthly running costs, but I need something to get about in.

looking at something about 4/5k, and there seem to be plenty of Megane 225's about at that price (im sure for a good reason!) as well as getting into Mini territory as well.

any pointers/suggestions on the Meganes? fancy a bit of a (big) pocket rocket, I know these have been discussed previously on here.

other option is another e46, 320 m-sport or something similar.

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If you're looking at the Megane - then try and get the 230 F! - as it was the much improved version of the 225 - after the 225 got a bit of a slating in the press. The 230 F1 went on to become a bit of a cult hero. I think they tweaked the chassis, suspension and fitted it with a slip differential.

For your budget - I'd also highly recommend a MK5 Golf GTi. I swapped my 330d for one 5 months ago and I love it. Mind, I did have one before the BMW - so knew what I was getting up to. However, 5k will only get you a high miler - but if it comes with full service history (VW or indi) - then there isn't much to really worry about. They go forever, providing you keep them serviced on time.

The Ford Fockus ST isn't too bad - but very thirst.
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      07-18-2012, 04:06 AM   #3
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I agree with the above the r26 is a far better car than the 225 if you can stretch to it. The LSD makes a massive difference.

My old Leon cupra R was ace and after it was mapped was a little beast would be cheaper than an r26.

Or could look at a civic type R if your not too bothered about turbo power
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      07-18-2012, 05:05 AM   #4
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couple of decent shouts there, the megane only came up as I was searching in a price range, the cupra and golf are good ideas, though seem to be worth more than a similar age/power renault - im sure I know the reasons for this!

i just want to get something with a bit of poke to run for a year, circa 4-4.5k, but also need to be able to put golf clubs and a trolley in the boot.
for that reason, a clio is out really.

a civic would be a bit '19 year boy racer for me'

maybe an S3, but will have been ragged to death I would think.

e46 is looking the better option, least it wont fall apart. well..............maybe.
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      07-18-2012, 09:46 AM   #6
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for me personally, I wouldnt be seen dead in an integra. type R or not. ive driven one round a track, and they are a hoot no doubt about it, but as a mode of transport for a 34 year old business man who plays golf at the weekend, its a big no no.
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For 4-5k a cupra R is a mint car. I loved mine and I have a good friend with one too. Both of us have never been let down by them. They are economical for what they are. They are 5 doors so easy to carry people and big boot easy for carrying gold clubs. Remapped they're are about 260bhp and feel quick and sharp. Brembo brakes as standard and decent wheels as standard.

Maybe I'm biased coz I've had one but I'd have one again in a heartbeat. I agree the honda's are a bit teeny racer and the 225 Megane isn't the best car by all accounts. The r26 is too expensive so cupra it is!!

I think you'll struggle to get a decent mk5 gti for sub 5k too. And I wouldn't get a mk4.
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had a mk4 V6 previously, good car, but at 10-12 years old now, they are getting on a bit.
agree with you on the mk5 also, 5k looks an impossible task.
would love a clio 197, but the boots too small - although the golf bag goes in.

more I think about it, more this is going to be the worst idea ever
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