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      02-18-2013, 04:56 AM   #1
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Cheap reliable runaround car advice

Chaps,

Because of This, I am looking at cheap daily drivers at the moment. It'll mean the 335d gets used even less than it does today - but at least it won't get fucked up by a pack of marauding hyperc*nts every time I so much as consider driving it somewhere.


The budget would be 2k-2.5k absolute max and that needs to include insuring it.

I'm 26 and have no claims (as of yet needed to be declared) but also no NCB to put on the car.


Only requirements are:

-At least 30mpg around town (my 335d gets 22). Ideally 35+
-Aircon for the summer
-Given insurance will be 500 for a 1.1 litre car up to 1500+ for something in a high insurance group - it needs to be a smaller engine to fit the budget.
-IDEALLY it's still fun to drive in SOME capacity. But it needs to be ultra reliable. I'd sacrifice RWD for reliability if need be.
-NOT a damn Honda I hate them
-NOT a Passat or anything by Vauxhall either.
-Cheap maintenance.. So for example single plate clutch and manual gearbox, timing chain if in pricerange or else something where cambelt is easy enough job.
- It won't hardly ever be used on motorways but my commute is an hour of horrible traffic so some comfort would be good


The ABSOLUTE priority being mpg and maintenance should further sacrifice being needed.


What do we think guys?


I did try and look at something German, and could only come up with a little 1.2 polo or the heinously ugly mark 3 golf. Not sure either have aircon as an option which would be nice for summer but I suppose I can sacrifice it.


What about smart cars? There's an incentive with a smart as I might be able to get a discount on parking at BA (I rent a nearby space today. SMARTS can get into BAs building even contractors)

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      02-18-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
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Fuck it and keep driving the big derv mate and chance it. How badly is your car going to get fucked up in reality - if it gets ridiculous then a good excuse to change cars . Can't see the point in the additional expense of a second motor or paying for a car you don't use. Wrap it white so more people can see it .

edit - just properly read your other thread, still think I'd stick using the Beemer, think you've just been damn unlucky and shit happens - wouldn't let this experience force you out of your pride & joy that you've worked hard to own.
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      02-18-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
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That's what I was thinking. Handle fantastically well 34 MPG from the 2.0 ltr petrol.Good equipment (heated front screen)
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      02-18-2013, 06:09 AM   #5
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mk1 audi a3 1.9 tdi?

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I'm with Roger. Ridiculous avoiding using something that obviously gives you so much pleasure just because it may get damaged. Or gets some wear. Or the mileage goes up. Or...

Slippery slope mate, you'll end up getting rid of the Bimmer if you get a runaround.

Many years ago my dad had a brand new Mercedes 190E. Lovely car. Automatic, all the toys, kept it looking mint. Then my granddad passed away and my dad started using his Triumph Acclaim. He started using it so he wouldn't 'pile the mileage on' the Merc. Then it was to keep the Merc for best. Then it was something else. Then he ended up selling it and feeling a bit of a fool for not using it.
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      02-18-2013, 06:38 AM   #7
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Either use the 335 every day or sell it and get an E92 M3 and a Honda Jazz.

Does the thought of a Honda Jazz fill you with dread? Better off keeping the 335 then
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I'm with Roger. Ridiculous avoiding using something that obviously gives you so much pleasure just because it may get damaged. Or gets some wear. Or the mileage goes up. Or...

Slippery slope mate, you'll end up getting rid of the Bimmer if you get a runaround.

Sorry I don't agree Chaps I've run a second car for years and currently have a Mondeo estate, which we use as a workhorse. It keeps the BMW/Merc nice and the mileage down. It also makes for stress free driving and if we go out for a meal and have to park it somewhere with less than ideal parking arrangements. I'm not forever worrying about the BM getting dented etc.
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Civic VTi would be my choice. Good MPG even if driven hard, bulletproof engine which will survive minimal servicing of anything but oil, cheap to DIY fix, good fun etc. Yours for about 1500 + about 1000 to insure max.

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      02-18-2013, 07:20 AM   #10
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could u get a little yaris for the money?

Not gonna set the world alight, but a great little car to drive about in and pretty spacious inside as well.
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I think that this is a knee-jerk reaction to the accident and it's something I had once thought of when the misses scraped my alloys once. But I believe that if it's going to happen - then it will. (Not like Final Destination )

P.S. TDI Golf?
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Appreciate the responses chaps. It's more or less what I think as well - but this stress does my nut in. I don't have the time to worry about shit like this ALL THE TIME like I seem to have to. I work too long hours and too hard and it's really distressing.

I'm just in a bit of a dark place with it all I suppose right now.. Maybe it'll pass...
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      02-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #13
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What about this MEGA, BMW brand an all the lights work

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifie...t-2000/1045872
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Well if you want another BM that is a bit of fun to drive: http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...01302065220930

Or
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...01302125301219 which has the AC Schnitzer wing mirrors by the looks of it, far better looking than the stock ones.

Personally though I'd save the 2 grand + yearly taxing, MOTing, repairing and insuring of 2 vehicles towards either a new motor in 3 years, or repairs of your 335d.
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Just sold a Toyota Yaris you couldve had. 4 years motoring and no problems at all. 1.3 ening did high 40s around town and was quite nippy though never going to set the world on fire.
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keeping a good car makes no sense as the roads are full of cocks that can drive into you or damage your car in another way at anytime so when is going to be the right time to drive the good car? Just drive the thing and enjoy it.... once it's fixed.
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Wouldn't waste your cash Dave!
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Sorry your feeling that way

Perhaps sit on the idea for a week? If you feel the same a 2 litre non dpf diesel block from ford or toyota maybe.

Hate to recommend an old cheap car that could throw up big bills for stuff like clutch, suspension, injectors etc. it could cost you a fair sum in maintanence
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Ps I considered another m3 cs and a cheap diesel hack. Once you factor in yearly servicing, tyres, mot, tax, insurance it just makes loads more sense to stick with 1 car.

But having said that my mrs does also have a family car.
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Sorry to hear of your accident Dave. Hope it all pans out well in the end.

Can you (do you want to) use the Mundane-o for a daily driver??
I've got a 1300 TDCi that is tatty, but I'll take it anywhere, load it with garbage for the tip, or mother-in-law to the coast (OK, same thing really ). It's only the 115bhp, but it will do 45-50 on short runs and 60 at motorway speeds. I'd suggest an auto for your motoring though, so no DMF or clutch issues (had a new DMF in mine!)

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I know you don't want a Honda and I wouldn't actually advise what I'm about to mention but it's just a little tale of bangernomics to prove it can work well.

When between cars recently I picked up an old Honda HRV for 1000. I did 6000 miles in it, averaged 32mpg, never had to fix or replace anything, didn't bother servicing it although it was due one, advertised it on eBay just after Christmas, had 5 offers in 24 hours and sold it within 48 hours for 1500. I recon I could have doubled my money if I'd just let the auction run but I wasn't bothered.

It's the only time I've never lost money on a car. In a strange way I miss the old thing.
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