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Postby Doive » 16 Mar 2005, 15:59

From your choices I would sing the praises of the Astra. Try and find a sport with the nice recaro style seats, much more comfortable than the standard pews. The late model astras (51 plate on) are fitted with the hardest seats known to man, except of course for the seats on the new E90 3 series BMW which have defied science by being harder than certain forms of diamond. So go for an earlier car (S to W reg) as they are more comfortable and are cheaper. The 16v engines are torquey revvy little beasts, even my 1.4 is remarkably quick when you cane it. Gives around 40mpg combined and as much as 50 on a motorway run. Plus the bodyshells are carved from solid rock, structural rigidity is very impressive. Go for a 3 door for the best handling on account of shell stiffness.

Now the Bravo. Actually I've already made my opinions clear so there is no point going through them all again!
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Postby Shellysowner » 16 Mar 2005, 20:28

You know I've got a massive soft spot for mk1 golfs. DUnno why, fwd to start with, I'll have that 4wd one out of retro cars that me and doive were talking about the other week tho... As for car to look good in for the suits, how about a nice old Saab 900 turbo, or a senator maybe...
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Postby Doive » 16 Mar 2005, 20:57

Ah a Senny! Now thats the one. A Senator on an H plate, 3.0 24v with all the toys and the Dual Ram induction, grey leather interior and deep burgundy paint with those lovely cross spoke alloys. Tasty. Reckon you will have to replace the rear arches, but once that's done and she is all polished up you can park next to the MD's new S class, safe in the knowledge that your car cost you less than a set of tyres for his bland german barge. Only problems are 1) Insurance, and 2) Fuel economy!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 17 Mar 2005, 02:41

my mate drove an astra sport on a V plate and another has the coupe on a 51 plate. another close mate had the GSi (now there is a shiny tool!)

so i have plenty of sources of knowledge and advice for them, but it's finding a few grand here and there :cry:
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Postby Doive » 17 Mar 2005, 15:35

Ah. Thats a common problem. Easily rectified by limiting yourself to 500 quid when buying a car!! It's amazing what you can buy! My mother was horrified when I told her I do this, she maintains that no good car can be bought for less than 500 quid. Have a scour in the classifieds, you may be surprised.
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Postby Shellysowner » 17 Mar 2005, 15:37

Most good cars are bought for less than 500 quid IMO, they're the best value for money and even if they do fek up majorly you can still break 'em on the bay and get your initial outlay back. Ideal.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 17 Mar 2005, 16:15

but cars for £500 require a lot of maintenance generally, there is always something new about to go wrong. and quite frankly, I cant be a***d, :lol:
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Postby Doive » 17 Mar 2005, 17:02

Bad news for you mate. You have a couple of choices when buying a car.

Spend loads on a one year old example still in warranty, virtually guaranteed not to need any work done.

Spend less on a three year old example which will be needing it's first MoT, and has the potential to need a list of stuff replaced such as brakes, springs, tyres etc. It's not unheard of to have a three year old car needing a full set of brake lines. I've seen it before, and the manufacturers don't want to know - fair wear and tear apparently.

Take a chance on an older car, 5 or 6 years old for perhaps a grand or two. This really is prime territory for getting a bargain, but is also shark infested water as you can be stung with a heap. Nowadays rust typically isn't an issue for cars this age unless they have been smashed and repaired by monkeys. Again, it is possible they will need exhaust, tyres, brakes and it is almost certain to need brake lines if they haven't been done.

Get the maximum metal for the minimum outlay, limit yourself to less than 500 quid and see what you can get. Look at a few cars, but you must expect to have to dip into your pocket for a few bits and pieces. What you want is one that has just been MoT'd and have a good look round all the MoT bits like brakes, suspension and the like to ensure that the seller didn't just get his mate to write out the certificate for him. This is the buying route I like to follow - there is still a risk but if it does all go belly up you have lost a couple of hundred quid.

A guy on the BMW forum bought an E39 5 series last week for about four grand. So far he has had to replace tyres, suspension joints and bushes, brake bits and some mechanical stuff - all at main agent prices as he can't do the work himself. Spent over two grand. So spending lots of cash is never a guarantee of a problem free car.
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Postby shuvit-tim » 17 Mar 2005, 18:37

i know my way round well enough to spot a nail (i hope) so i'll just see what comes up when i've sold the nova. i'm not in any rush, but if a bargain comes up in the meantime, i'll think about it seriously
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Postby iety2004 » 18 Mar 2005, 00:12

U wanna by my MK2 J-Reg Golf Driver? The VW offical GTI replica? needs a bit of work for the MOT? Nice car tho
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Postby shuvit-tim » 18 Mar 2005, 09:50

nah i'm looking for someting a bit newer. And buying a golf puts me in the same class as owning my nova, young boy racer tw*t ina hatch back :lol:
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Postby iety2004 » 18 Mar 2005, 12:28

I would just like to say, i only bought it cos is was on ebay! and for 63 quid, im not compaining

First car i had Ford Fiesta MK2 paid 150 full tax and Mot

Second Car H-reg Mini paid 140, need some work tho, But it was a mini shell

Third Car Mk2 Golf paid 63 quid, needs about 100 spent on it for the mot, easy

Fourth car, Kadett C S, Free, i swapped it for the Mini :lol: It came with tax and mot and the mini didn't

I know who came off better with that deal.

So thats 4 cars for less than 500

Maybe another free kadett if i can pick it up, need a trailer, so that would be six for less than 500

You gotta take in an un wanted kadett!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 18 Mar 2005, 13:29

what sort of state is the kadette in?
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Postby iety2004 » 18 Mar 2005, 14:05

Which one?

The one i swapped for the Mini, needs some panles that has been replaced painting, and i think the oil pressure switch is playing up.

The other one the owner said its in good condition, need a brake master cylinder as he tried repairing the old one and it broke.

So i'm gonna get a trailer and go and pick it up. C what else needs doing.
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Postby Shellysowner » 18 Mar 2005, 14:09

Why don't people randomly pop up offering me free cars? Seems to happen to everyone else.
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Postby Doive » 18 Mar 2005, 14:19

I'd quite like to be offered free cars. Then I could spend more money I don't have doing them up!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 18 Mar 2005, 14:32

if you cant get hold of a trailer iety let me know, I have access to a trailer and wouldnt say no to a free kadette
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