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Which car??

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by kuro, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. kuro

    kuro Busy Member

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    I'll shortly be I a position to buy a new car but cant decide what to go for, the sensible route or something a bit more extravagant.

    The sensible choice is 2 year old insignia in vx line spec with under 10k on the clock or something similar. However i've always loved the look of the bmw 320d coupe and have seen a few around at 4 years old with higher mileage.

    I will probably be looking at up to 15k and it has to be diesel with decent power output for an 80 mile a day commute.

    Anyone got any suggestions?
     
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    I just bought a brand new BMW this week. Went in to dealership to buy used but was actually cheaper to buy new with some of the offers they have on.

    Was also cheaper to buy on finance (over 24 months) than to buy cash outright! The dealership got more commission that way. Worked out about £1900 cheaper in the long run to buy that way! Crazy I know but double checked my figures and it really is!

    Small deposit and a personal contract plan for a fee each month. Then:

    1. the option to pay the balance after the 24 months is up and keep the car.

    2. they take the car back in exchange for the remaining balance left owning. Can then walk away Scott free.

    3. Can use the car as a down payment, keep the payments the same and get another new car.
     
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  3. kal el

    kal el Posting Addict

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    what about a 2nd hand skoda yeti? looks crap but more than capable on all terrains, i done the dealer launch and literally goes anywhere, even on road tyres.
     
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    Insignias a nice car but when you drive both you will see and feel the bmw is a better car atb
     
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    15k is a good amount, trouble is Vauxhall lose money fast, you would be better looking for BMW,Audi, that sort of money even a Mercedes c class or vw golf nice little cars. Atb

    Ss
     
  6. kuro

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    By all accounts the golf is a good car but from what ive read its a bit dull.
     
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    Whichever car you decide to buy have a test drive to see if it suits you,however good a car is irrespective of the make,it's down to how you feel in the car when your driving it. What one person may think is good you may dislike.I shouldn't take a lot of notice of some of these car reviews as I recently purchased a new Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2,it was criticized quite badly by one or two so-called motoring journalists but from my own personal experience I think it's a super little car and would recommend it to anyone wanting a well made,reliable, well appointed,economical little hatchback.Having spent most of my working life in the motor trade I've come to the conclusion that some of these motoring pundits wouldn't know a backfire from a back axle.
     
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    Patrick is right, don't make any decisions until you have driven them. Also look at all the pros and cons, A friends 320d does 64mpg on a long journey were my a4 black edition (2.0d) does 38mpg.
    Personally I would never buy a Vauxhall yet two family members have them and love them. Fords are always good middle of the road cars but lose money at a silly rate.
     
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    I know what you mean about ford and vauxhalls. They make some great cars but this is the first time I will be able to own a car of this value so im thinking maybe get something with a bit more soul.

    95% of the time its just me in the car and the 320d coupe looks like it strikes just the right balance on practicality without being to flashy.

    Id better start driving a couple to weigh them up.
     
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    ha ha ive had an epiphany.........................

    something from the dacia range, preferably duster
     
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    Been looking my self at the Dacia Duster....lot of motor for little money
     
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    james may raves about them, i looked at a great wall pick up drove alright but was very very basic inside, ie no clock etc
     
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    I had a 1 series BMW coupe, I had the 123d which was quick for a diesel and it did about 45mpg. I loved the BMW, excellent build quality. I have now changed it for a land rover and yes it does rubbish mpg compared to the BMW but I love driving it! :D
     
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    Depends on what you want it for.....ideal for the missis to go to the shops in....i lent her my Jag once ...NEVER AGAIN
     
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    Number 1 priority can you get your guns in the boot !

    golfs and passat are a bit bland but lovely to drive diesel smooth, quiet drive, good acceleration at low revs rock solid reliable. for me has to be german or jap so reliable. had toyota celica never let me down in 11 years still on same plugs air filter battery and exhaust amazing
     
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    so true, hate it when my misses uses my car, always glad to see it come back! especially in one piece..... saying that I hate anyone borrowing my car!!
     

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