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#229560 - 20th May 2008 7:22pm Thinking of buying a cheap runaround...
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was planning on gettin myself a nice new motor after passing my test but in reality i will be waiting a year or so before i can and am fed up of trying to share one car, it really isnt practical lol

so yea, i'm looking round for a car around £1000-1500, any recommendations?

had a loook at this astra (maybe waddi could give some input on things to look out for etc?

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got a quote of £765 fully comp with £420 excess (excess is a bit steep i know but i guess after a year or so it will go down considerably)

any help would be much appreciated!

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#229561 - 20th May 2008 7:25pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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My civic ?

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#229562 - 20th May 2008 7:26pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Civic_Coupe_Sean]
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lookin for somethin fairly standard mate tease

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#229563 - 20th May 2008 7:27pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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Iv have the standard wheels, I have the standard springs, Hell i could make it 80% standard again haha raftl

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#229564 - 20th May 2008 7:28pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Civic_Coupe_Sean]
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lmao wot u like!!

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#229566 - 20th May 2008 7:30pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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All jokes aside, What sort of car you looking for mate ?

Size of the car ?
Size of the engine ?

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#229567 - 20th May 2008 7:36pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Civic_Coupe_Sean]
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hatch, upto 1.6 (insurance starts to get a bit silly for me any bigger than that and dont really need anything bigger than a 1.4 tbh. but 1.6 would be preferable)

nothin bigger than that astra link i posted really, parkin is bad enough in the fiesta (not really, just dont want anything too big yet lol)

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#229571 - 20th May 2008 7:58pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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civic, 1.4 !
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#229572 - 20th May 2008 8:08pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Sanchez]
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have just had a look at a few civics but getting quotes around £1k, dont really wont to pay anymore than the quote i got for the astra (£765)

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#229609 - 20th May 2008 10:23pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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anyone else have any suggestions?

brother suggested 106 rallye (the 1.3 version) but at £2.5k and 70 miles to travel for it it's no good, the rest were pretty much 250-400 miles away

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#229612 - 20th May 2008 10:25pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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Ive been thinking bout Citroen Xsaras recently.....i my endless list of cars I want.

That take ya fancy???
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#229613 - 20th May 2008 10:28pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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Cheap runaround? Buy a 1.9 306TD; low insurance (G5 iirc), plenty of power with headroom for a bit more, generous amounts of torque, and the economy of diesel, with the added bonus of being able to run it on Biodiesel B100 if they sell it anywhere near you, ending up giving you massive saving lol.

Can pick decent ones up for less than £1000 easily, can find mint Ph2's for around the 1k - 1.5k price range.

Just my opinion. Once you go to the dark side, unless you are going to go for summit really special petrol wise, believe me, you will never go back!

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#229629 - 20th May 2008 10:45pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: MattLFC]
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hmmm got a quote of £720 on an S reg one. not too far from me either (40 miles)

would be nice to have a bit of power but not arsed too much. as long as it looks half decent which the 306's do... always liked them and the 106 (more of a go kart lol)... always fancied an old mini but cant find a decent one near me!

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#229631 - 20th May 2008 10:47pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: Davey_Martin]
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Is that a no to the Xsara idea....Group 9 insurance for a 1.4 VTR...get a later evrsion you get alloys, sunroof, ABS etc

Plus....with them being quite rare..chances are youll get your money back when you come to sell it
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#229635 - 20th May 2008 10:49pm Re: Thinking of buying a cheap runaround... [Re: MGCraig]
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1.4VTR in a Xsara? That dunt make sense, the VTR in the Saxo is a 1.6 (albeit 8v) and thats a smaller and lighter car lol. Or is the VTR in this case, just a trim level?

smile

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