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Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:35 pm
Might have to commute by car for a while, I’m not going to run the TT everyday so any decent suggestions for:

£3-4K
40mpg+
120 miles a day (600-800 a week)

Diesel focus seems to tick most of the boxes

Don’t particularly want or need anything bigger than a focus..
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:45 pm
Insignia Diesel Auto.

Not exciting, but £4K will get you a lovely reliable, and refined car for the job.

Focus is ok, but not an overly comfortable car for that amount of miles IMO
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:54 pm
Just been looking at Insignias on autotrader

Even though I’ve driven them and agree they’re ok I just can’t bring myself to spend money on one

There’s some higher mileage golfs about too which might be ok. Assuming i do it for 6 months it’ll be upto 19,000 miles. I’d probably then get rid of the car it won’t be needed again so high miles might be worth it
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:14 pm
Focus will be fine for long drives. My money would be spent on something Japanese though. Toyota Corolla diesel.
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:27 pm
What are the Civics like of 2008/09 kind of Age?
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Civic is a good call ...

Our secretary has one - 120k miles - and perfect
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:11 pm


Oh 120 miles per day. That's a really long commute. I could live somewhere really interesting if I commuted that far. 108 km and it's Andermatt really in the mountains.







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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:17 pm
I should have said Auris, not Corolla. Civic is also a good call.
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:51 pm
Going to check out a 2009 Civic in the morning 2.2 diesel

£140 a year tax and the insurance is fark all

54mpg combined looks good

No decent Auris close by yet
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:44 pm
I can advise on the Civic although mine was a 2007 1.8 petrol.
Average refinement. Won't be a brill motorway cruiser but won't be bad....just...I reckon it'll be a step down in refinement compared with a mondeo or golf or something.
Very cool interior. Very good interior space and boot size for the size. Ingenious, really. Very cleverly designed car...let down by (IMO) mediocre refinement, a too firm ride (mine was an EX on 17" alloys) and VERY poor pain't quality. It was easily the worst paint quality of any of my numerous cars! (But mine was a flat red, the metallics might be better)
I don't have experience of the 2.2 diesel but I gather they go very well (I have driven one though) but are not exempt from the typical diesel worries.

I can also advise on an Auris as we had one of those, too! Ours was the 1.4 diesel and it was fine although I would recommend the 2.0 for motorway work.

Think of the Civic and Auris like sisters. The Civic is the sexier, naughtier sister who you'd want to get in the sack...but she's a bit loud and loose.
The Auris is more the plain Jane sister who does everything pretty well, trustworthy, reliable, won't let you down - but won't pull your flies down and suck you off from the passenger seat.

I think that covers it.
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:31 pm
Insignia
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:12 pm
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:45 am
That budget's quite dangerous - not enough to get a car that's nearly new or has any warranty, but too much for a genuine banger. I do a similar mileage and, to be honest, whatever you get, with the mileage, maintenance costs could be high, which would perhaps steer me towards something with cheap, plentiful parts - i.e. Ford/Vauxhall.

There are the usual recommendations we could make - Focus, Astra, Golf, Octavia, Auris, Civic, even an S40. The most important thing from my experience of driving high mileage is make sure you find the car nice to drive. Take the car out for a good, long test drive. I found the Laguna tiresome to drive after not that long, which made long journeys feel even longer. Whereas, with the Vectra, I can happily drive it all day.

So, my advice personally would be set your budget to maybe £2k/£3k and save the rest for a service and a 'just in case' fund. I'd also be inclined to look for something with German DNA as I've always found German cars the nicest to drive - I'll include Ford and Vauxhall in that as they also have the benefit of cheap parts, should anything go wrong, especially with the complexity of modern diesels. A new injector, for example, could be £hundreds, so it might be worth trying to find a car with an older Diesel engine.

I'd be inclined to look at Astras - the 1.7CDTI is a dependable lump and the seats are big and comfy, especially on the Elites which got leather as standard.

Vectra DTI is also worthy of consideration - seriously. I got mine in February with 174,000 miles for £350 - spent a couple of hundred to get through the MOT - it's now just about to hit 188,000 miles. Hasn't needed a thing (touch wood), starts first turn of the key (even after being sat for a week while I was abroad), and runs like a clock!! Hasn't missed a beat. If you want a workhorse on a budget to get from A to B in comfort then I really don't think you'll find better. Newer models came with Fiat/Alfa 1.9CDTI engines which were smoother, more powerful and more economical, but had more to go wrong.

Happy huntin'! Smile
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:41 am
I have an ideal car for you for 595 Cool

Suzuki Alto 1.1 auto. Mot June 19, recently serviced and about to get a new timing belt kit. Does around 45mpg and will sit at 80/90mph all day long. VED is 16 quid per month which is a downside of being an automatic.

I was astounded, looking all the  Alto's going back in years, the 04 gives the best MPG Shocked

Scroll down after clicking the link.

http://www.fuelly.com/car/suzuki/alto


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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:54 pm
Get your point FF, not sure about Astras. I went through a spell of using loads of hire cars and had so many awful SRI’s it put me off

Doo not sure about an Alto, the last Suzuki I drove was that mini looking thing (swift?) which was ok

Civic was good, it drove well but needs a service and a few bits doing. I’ve left it with him to decide if he wants to do the work or not
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:09 pm
I was about to say Astra - blooming reliable the VX's ... and where you lose on excitement, you do gain on refinement
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:13 pm
No deal done

Will get back on the hunt next weekend once I’m back and sorted a few jobs out
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Re: Commuting Maybe

on Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:12 pm
800 miles a week? Sod that! Get a job closer to home!

Alternatively, they are getting on a bit now but my old Fabia VRS was a great little mile muncher. The VW pd engine is a bit old school but properly robust, and they are pretty cheap now and quite good fun.
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