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#1616332 - 23/02/2018 11:00 Yet another what car?
elder81 Offline

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Registered: 03/01/2006
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With my work life finally becoming what I have dreamed of for sometime, in approx 4 months I will be in a position to replace my little "Stop gap" Panda which lasted 3 years smile.

I am a little fussy and don't want a mundane dull car which makes it rather difficult to find something that fits my requirements which are rather simple:

1. Fun to drive
2. Intersting to look at
3. 4 doors

On my list in order of heart preference are:

1. Guilietta TBi - I just love the looks of this car, but that is all I know about it
2. Passat R36 - Nice looking car with a lovely engine note
3. Audi S4 - Slightly bland looking but hell of a car (RS4 out of budget)
4. Forester STI - A little different, fast, fun

Any real world experience of the above or is there something I haven't thought about yet?

Budget is up to 10k, maybe stretch for the right car.

I refuse to go PCP, although I know there are lots of decent cars on PCP. (Unless the KIA Stinger comes as a bargain that is smile )



Edited by elder81 (23/02/2018 11:02)
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#1616341 - 23/02/2018 12:56 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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#1616346 - 23/02/2018 14:40 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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#1616354 - 23/02/2018 15:51 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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The quattroporte has crossed my mind, but fear the running costs may be just a little to high. Not so much day to day, but when something does go wrong.

Same for the A8 W12.

Had the A8 deisels been in range they would have been on that list for sure.

I had thought about the 300C, but that got poo poo'd very early by she who must be obeyed. I was considering one even before the change in fortunes.
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#1616355 - 23/02/2018 15:53 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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Just checked and the A8 diesels are in range. Thanks Danthe Manc.
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#1616365 - 23/02/2018 19:42 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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You maybe able to find a decent S8 within budget too. It's a lot of car for the money


http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201802173827030?atmobcid=soc3
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#1616367 - 23/02/2018 20:23 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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Auto or manual? Petrol or diesel?

New style XJ or a look-alike XFR (and a badge with the change from £10k wink )

Phaeton? Or (Passat) CC if you like VW's

Mercedes CLS?
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#1616368 - 23/02/2018 20:41 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
bockers Offline
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A couple of weird ones.

Honda Accord Type s-type exec 2.4
Mazda6 2.3 i MPS


I have the first and love it, but now hanker for the Mazda. Both between £3-4k! Why spend £10k?


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#1616374 - 23/02/2018 23:09 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
DanTheManc Offline
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E90 BMW 335i Saloon

Peach of an engine (I've owned a 335i Coupe and an M135i Hatch) which is buttery smooth and very quick. Great for having fine but also nice and plush for cruising. Easily tuned if that's your thing. A remap see's around 380bhp.

This would 100% be my choice of car and I'd recommend one with m sport trim and iDrive. Cars build after September 2007 also have cheaper tax. Earlier versions are expensive to tax £270 Vs £440 if I remember correctly.

Ignore the performance stats in this advert. They show the 320d figures for some reason. These are 306bhp standard and sub 5 seconds after a remap.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201708298787417?atmobcid=soc3
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#1616467 - 26/02/2018 02:44 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: DanTheManc]
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#1616471 - 26/02/2018 07:07 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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I’m a hot hatch fan and since you’ve referenced the Giulietta here are some alternatives with 5 doors:

Focus ST

Golf GTi

Mini Countryman Cooper S

Leon Cupra K1

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#1616551 - 27/02/2018 17:24 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: Gunzi]
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When the second generation Focus was launched I quite liked the look of the range. But for me they seem to have aged poorly and I now really dislike their looks hurl

Maybe it's because the series 3 Focus looks much nicer, especially in RS or ST trim? I'm not sure what it is but I've really gone off the older car.
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#1616608 - 28/02/2018 09:38 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: Barmybob]
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Originally Posted By Barmybob
When the second generation Focus was launched I quite liked the look of the range. But for me they seem to have aged poorly and I now really dislike their looks hurl

Maybe it's because the series 3 Focus looks much nicer, especially in RS or ST trim? I'm not sure what it is but I've really gone off the older car.


It's got really old, really quick, hasn't it. Mk1 Foruc RS looks fresher now to my eyes.
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#1616611 - 28/02/2018 10:36 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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Is any Focus actually attractive? They are good cars but all of them look awkward.

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#1616867 - 04/03/2018 14:09 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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I wonder if Elder made a choice?

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#1616877 - 04/03/2018 19:57 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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Not yet. Need to arrange some test drives. Based on reviews from normal people tje alfa wont be suitable.

The 535d and big Audis are looking strong at the moment.

Flying to canada for 2 weeks so will start test driving after that.
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#1617127 - 09/03/2018 13:47 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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I quite like my ST mk2 and don't consider it ugly or awkward at all - in fact many ST owners prefer the face-lifted mk2 to the mk3.....opinions are like bum-holes, everyone has one...
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#1617130 - 09/03/2018 14:07 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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... but yours is also just an "opinion" smile

Looks is subjective - there is no right or wrong and one opinion is no more valid than another's (unless you are a successful designer, I guess).

It would be boring if we all liked the same things.

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#1617134 - 09/03/2018 17:12 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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I've got a black merecedes cls 2012 350 cdi, if your interested
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#1617136 - 09/03/2018 17:43 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: elder81]
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He keeps trying to sell it to me laugh
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#1617266 - 13/03/2018 14:56 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: neil_r]
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Originally Posted By neil_r
... but yours is also just an "opinion" smile


Which is what I was expressing...... crazy
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#1617267 - 13/03/2018 15:00 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: neil_r]
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Originally Posted By neil_r

Looks is subjective - there is no right or wrong and one opinion is no more valid than another's


Well that's your opinion biglaugh
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#1617269 - 13/03/2018 15:37 Re: Yet another what car? [Re: proccy]
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Originally Posted By proccy
Originally Posted By neil_r
... but yours is also just an "opinion" smile


Which is what I was expressing...... crazy


While poo-pooing anyone else's opinion. That was my point.

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