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A new car for my dad - suggestions please.

Postby Shellysowner » 22 Jan 2010, 14:20

My old man wants a new car for his birthday.

It must be:

a/ fast-ish (i.e. not too slow)
b/ comfortable
c/ stylish

and must cost less than £4000. It must also be something which is suitable for use as a daily driver for the warmest/dryest 6 months of the year.

He is prepared to consider anything from about 1955 to present.

Current suggestions are:

Mistubishi Galant VR4
Rover P6 3500
Triumph 2000/2500
Merc W122/123 or similar

He doesn't want a chevette, although a mk1 cavalier coupe has just popped into my head... anyway suggestions please.
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Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby Gordo » 22 Jan 2010, 15:20

Vectra with an XE?
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Postby Shellysowner » 22 Jan 2010, 15:30

Gordo wrote:Vectra with an XE?


see c/
Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby Shoveitpusher » 22 Jan 2010, 21:09

ST170 Focus - with comfort pack
vrs octavia or fabia
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Postby Doive » 23 Jan 2010, 01:18

Jag X308 XJR
Triumph Stag (predictable I know)
Rover SD1 3500S (you expected me to say that)
Omega MV6 - police spec.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 23 Jan 2010, 01:25

any V6 Omega (check history) minimum spec of CDX, Elite being the best.
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Postby Shellysowner » 23 Jan 2010, 10:43

Shoveitpusher wrote:ST170 Focus - with comfort pack
vrs octavia or fabia


He might well like those but for me they're a bit modern, hoping to convince him into something a bit more classic.

Doive wrote:Jag X308 XJR not bad
Triumph Stag (predictable I know) - good one
Rover SD1 3500S (you expected me to say that) Dad worked on these at the stealer when they were new. As a result he hates them!
Omega MV6 - police spec.I like that... not sure he would.
Senator 3.0i 24v As above.


Herbie_Flowers wrote:any V6 Omega (check history) minimum spec of CDX, Elite being the best.


He had a 2.0 CD, quite liked it but I think he'd find it a bit boring TBH.

One thing I probably should have mentioned is that he already has a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 V6 Elite which is fairly fast and incredibly comfy and which he will be keeping for the winter.

From your suggestions I will shortlist:

Jaguar X308 XJR
Triumph Stag

and I will add my own:

Saab 900 Classic Aero Turbo

All of these need to be Auto's due to his bad back.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 23 Jan 2010, 22:17

Shellysowner wrote:He had a 2.0 CD, quite liked it but I think he'd find it a bit boring TBH.

he had the worse one out of the lot king of the bores would find it boring :wink:
how about an E30 325i or M3 if funds allow
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Postby pbottomley » 24 Jan 2010, 11:26

In my opinion don't go for the ST170, A chap at work has one and is in its owners club, wrong very wrong. Seems to be a life of supermarket car park meets and dyno runs

Seems to just attract the wrong sort...

Why not go looking for a nice early J tin limo...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1995-TOYOTA-CENTURY-V8-LUXURY-AUTOMATIC-AIR-CON_W0QQitemZ300389702929
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Postby Shellysowner » 24 Jan 2010, 16:41

pbottomley wrote:Why not go looking for a nice early J tin limo...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1995-TOYOTA-CENTURY-V8-LUXURY-AUTOMATIC-AIR-CON_W0QQitemZ300389702929


He'd hate that... but it made me smile :)
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Postby shoveitnz » 03 Feb 2010, 23:42

My pick would be the triumph!!! They are amazing cars and very very undervalued! Good club support- all parts are available, cheap and easy to work on. Good strong smooth straight six. And cheap to run as a daily if they have overdrive - we were getting an easy 30mpg on long runs which is great for an big old car. They were voted a few years back as NZ's favourite classic car for several years running and we still see a lot of them about.

Great suspension so long as rear bushes are ok- or they get funky negative rear camber!

Our last one was a 1977 Mk2 2500 S estate - overdrive and powersteering. The power steering isn't necessary but is nice.
We paid £1800 and it was pretty mint! £4000 would get you an absolute show car stunner! You could get a stunning MK1 2500 estate for that - my favourite shape. Only ever so slightly shorter in length but much cooler looking.

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