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on Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:50 am
So I've finally decided to replace the Focus as it's starting to feel tired and it's 15 years old and still on the original cam belt so I have a feeling of being on borrowed time.

Not decided what yet, but it will be a Focus sized or bigger, not silly running costs but hopefully with a bit of poke. Budget is around £6k.
On the list to consider so far are
Mazda 6 2.5
Octavia 1.8Tsi
Astra 1.6T SRI
Honda Accord 2.4
I'd like a 325/330 but my experience with BMWs tells me lots of niggles and high running costs.
I've got a busy week or so then it's going to be car hunting time. Watch this space.

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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:31 am
Teeps wrote:So I've finally decided to replace the Focus as it's starting to feel tired and it's 15 years old and still on the original cam belt so I have a feeling of being on borrowed time.

Not decided what yet, but it will be a Focus sized or bigger, not silly running costs but hopefully with a bit of poke. Budget is around £6k.
On the list to consider so far are
Mazda 6 2.5
Octavia 1.8Tsi
Astra 1.6T SRI
Honda Accord 2.4
I'd like a 325/330 but my experience with BMWs tells me lots of niggles and high running costs.
I've got a busy week or so then it's going to be car hunting time. Watch this space.


And probably some piss take based upon the last one?!

I like the look of the Honda Accord out of that group. That and the Mazda.
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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:04 pm
Honda is least likely tbh. Worst mpg but biggest problem is rarity of manual cars on later plates. Those that are around are older and leggy.
Octavia is front runner. Best mpg, lowest tax, best performance and remap potential.
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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:12 pm
15 years on the original cam belt? Yikes! What's the mileage?

Anyway, Octavia - sensible, practical, but seriously dull looking. Don't fancy the VRS?

Some of those on the list you can probably get for a lot less than £6k though.
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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:05 pm
VRS doesn't appeal. Too expensive for what it is and a bit, well you know...barry. I prefer the anonymous styling of the 1.8 Tsi. Same goes for Focus RS. The Golf GTi is a lot more appealing which is a complete change for me.
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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:05 pm
Milage is 130k.
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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Good luck with the new car. Honda Civic missing from the list, I think, also Toyota's are dependable.

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Re: New car soon

on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:54 pm
Civic comes in 3dr Type-R form or guttless 1.8 petrol.
Toyota is reliable but utterly unengaging. Wifes Corrolla Verso is dull dull dull.
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Re: New car soon

on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:43 pm
Your gutless comment may be because of my descriptions to you. Don't let me put you off! Gutless might be too strong a word.
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Re: New car soon

on Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:04 pm
MegaCrixel wrote:Your gutless comment may be because of my descriptions to you. Don't let me put you off! Gutless might be too strong a word.

Would the term "half-arsed" be more appropriate?
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Re: New car soon

on Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:47 am
Mondeos and Passats were available with 2.0 turbo engines and Insignias could be had with 1.6 or 2.0 turbos. Might be worthy of consideration? I've not had experience of the Ford or Volkswagen but the Vauxhall 1.6T has 180bhp if I remember rightly, which should be decent enough (basically a Corsa VXR engine I assume); the 2.0T has 220bhp and is genuinely fast, but road tax and fuel economy are harsh!
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Re: New car soon

on Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:54 am
Only Mondeo with that engine has the powershift gearbox which I've read mixed reports about.
Yes Passat comes with 2.0T, but not a common car.
Insignia has been considered but running costs do look highish. The insignia also tends to come with big wheels which cost a lot to put tyres on. A guy at work has a diesel one on 18s and he pays about £120 a corner for mid range tyres. Mind you I get about 3 years out of a set on my Focus.
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Re: New car soon

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Re: New car soon

on Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:33 pm
I like that. Rare car. Must be 1,000 diesels for every petrol one. Check door and wing colour match. Something is niggling me about it.
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Re: New car soon

Yesterday at 1:27 pm
The badge on the back says 2.0 FSI - unless my eyes are failing me on the small mobile screen!

That means it is being mis-sold and is the lower power 2.0 non-turbo?

What about the Passat 'CC'?
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Re: New car soon

Yesterday at 1:38 pm
The Turbo Passat doesn't seem to be badged as a TFSi for some reason.
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Re: New car soon

Yesterday at 7:03 pm
I’d avoid the 2.0T VAG engines if I was you .... it’s one of the reasons I bought a 1.8T
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Re: New car soon

Yesterday at 8:10 pm
To be honest if I go for a VAG car it is likely to be a 1.8T.
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