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calling out to all bhw'ers that own and are good with cars..

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by kasher9, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. kasher9

    kasher9 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Its that time again where I need to purchase a new car. Iv pretty much soldered and lubricated every hole (no pun intended) on my clio and I think its time to let go. I wanted some recommendations, any good cars around which are diesel and small, but cheap on tax and generally cheap to repair. Ever since I got over my badboy racing age ive owned several clios and I run them to the ground but with me doing so much travelling I need something which can have a bit of power as well. Any suggestions? I was looking at a seat leon but they drink so much in comparison to my clio :(
     
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    UK ? Whats your budget....and how are you for insurance....I presume you have been running Clio 172-182s ?
     
  3. ShadeDream

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    If you're in the UK some of the newer diesels are much cheaper when it comes to road tax. Whether you can take advantage of this or not depends on your budget.
     
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    Don't bother buying a diesel unless you do over 15k miles per year (petrol vs diesel cost compared to difference in actual mpg). Don't buy new unless you love depreciation and don't mind it being worth 20% less as soon as you sign the papers....my mate in the motor industry takes many new cars back some even after a couple of days of ownership and tells them they lose 20% from VAT as soon as they are off the forecourt. I'm biased but I'd go German on your next car. I have a petrol Audi and it's very good, fast (remapped, decat), 40mpg, looks good, etc etc. Parts are cheap if you know where to get them (TPS/GSF) but I save on labour costs as I like to get my hands dirty.
     
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  5. kasher9

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    I had a 2004 1.5 dci clio, road tax was £20/year so it was relatively cheap. I do around 25k a year at the moment, I travel between switzerland, UK and belgium alot at the moment. I never thought of buying new tbh until now, I always brought second hand, because as you said depreciation is a bitch in UK. I just don't know what to go for this time.
     
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    Not sure what to suggest but I'm sure you will get many opinions. I just wanted to say that you're better of buying a second hand 10/60 plate than a brand new 13/63. Even when it comes to 13/63 you will probably get a better deal second hand. The lower the mileage and the less registered keepers the better.
     
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    Opel astra!

    Vauxhall Astra!

    I have one, very happy with it

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    Audi a3 TDI 50+ MPG and 140 or 170 BHP
     
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    Don't buy diesel, don't buy French cars. "New car is the best car"
     
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    If the budget allows and you want to stick with a small diesel I would recommend a Facelift mini cooper from August 2010 onwards.75 miles per gallon only 99G/km Co2 so tax free in most european countries. Goes well, looks good and holds its value.
     
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    Lost 80% of my eyesight too dangerous to drive as I am sure to cause or be in a crash...

    But hey I have a great workaround I use my pushbike to get around as going at only 20 miles an hour average (can see all that is going on at these slow speeds) I get around just great no danger to myself or other motorists...

    Will get back in the driver's seat when I get my eyes fixed up:thumb:
     
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  12. kasher9

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    I had an astra, I really didn't like the feel. I was thinking of an A3, I had a petrol one before and I liked it, but 50mpg is the average right? And I never thought of a mini. I was thinking maybe an Audi A1 although I think my girlfriend would kill me. And I honestly believe I'm heading that way, I may need to go for a retest for my eyes soon, is there a such thing as "seeing better in the night syndrome"?
     
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    VW all the way
    best for holding their retention and cost
    depreciation is much slower too
     
  14. kasher9

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    Which vw isnt heavy though?