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ian7675

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Looks like I need a second car now as the missus has changed her working shifts. I've been looking at diesels but for £3k there's not much out there and they have high mileage and its all rather boring really. I won't be doing that many miles so petrol seems the way ahead. As I'm a family man with a house and all associated bills, running costs are a factor as I don't want to spend a fortune on insurance etc.

I've come up with three choices so far:

A tidy Clio 182. These are quite economical and I should imagine are fairly cheap on the parts and Ash says £3k will get a good one. Insurance is £365pa and £260 in tax.




Should get a half decent one for my budget but with about 100k on the clock, maybe less. Owners seem to have very few issues with these as the engines are rock solid as long as history is there. Guess parts are fairly pricey on these but insurance is £365 and £280pa tax.




Finally my favourite, a 325ci m sport. I've had a 323 before and it was good and solid and drove great. The straight six engines are pretty bulletproof but if anything goes wrong BMW will have my pants down on parts prices. The space will be handy for family use but not essential. I've used a 205 for family use before and it was ok. Insurance is £348 and £280pa tax.



Any other suggestions out there for £3k that I've missed or any advice/opinions on what I've chosen so far? I'm not much of a fan of Seat Leon's before anyone suggests it.





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Posted 2nd Aug 2013 at 21:08
jord294

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Why don't you help Matt out and take the 206 gti 180 off his hands.

Plenty of change aswell Wink

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Posted 2nd Aug 2013 at 21:25
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Id be looking for a DC2 Integra type r... But thats just me Smile

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Posted 2nd Aug 2013 at 21:31
owain

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I like how in the last photo his number plate is blurred out but he's left his other car / his neighbour's car in the background.

You can't consider a Clio without considering a Corsa, they do the SRI if you want a bit of grunt. Not really my kinda car, but then neither's a Clio LOL

If you're looking at Clios and E46s that's quite a wide net you're casting there, could take you a while...

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Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 06:36
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I'd go for a nice tidy ep3 if it wos me defantly if you haven't owned one yet .... Saying that I realy rate my seat leon cupra r its our only car now as ive got a van and i love hacking it about at the weekends

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Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 07:02
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ian7675 wrote:
I'm not much of a fan of Seat Leon's before anyone suggests it.


jimmyrallye wrote:
I realy rate my seat leon cupra


Hmm

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Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 07:08
pebbles167

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I like cupras, quick and. Handle well Dunno

You considered a Mazda 3 MPS? (If they've dropped below 3k yet) I drove one, and was very impressed.

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Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 07:55
dangti6

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The Clio is natural progression for your average rag and bone GTi6 owner.

I rate them for what they are, especially if it was 306 Vs Clio argument but I'd probably point you away from them.

The BMW at that money is good value IMO. What about the 530 sports of a similar age? I was following them a while back but wouldn't have a clue today whether 3k would get you one.

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    roland rat

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    Facelift 330 CI M-sport job dobe
    Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 08:19
    jord294

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    If you find a facelift ep3 CTR for £3k with excellent history, try that.

    Pre 54 ones tend to have poorer steering, dodgy 2nd gear and interiors aren't as nice

    Not as bad on fuel as people reckon.

    Since changing from shell/esso super unleaded to bp supreme, I find better performance and economy

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    Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 08:52
    ian7675

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    There does seem to be a fair few 2004 facelift ones out there. Most have over 100k on them though but that doesn't really worry me so much with a Honda engine.

    As much as I like the Clio and I'm sure it's a great fun car to drive, I'm going to cross it out.

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    Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 09:30
    ian7675

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    pebbles167 wrote:


    You considered a Mazda 3 MPS? (If they've dropped below 3k yet) I drove one, and was very impressed.


    Nice looking cars they are but I doubt they will be that cheap for many years yet.

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    Posted 3rd Aug 2013 at 10:23
    swiftyboi006

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    Audi a4? Theres quite a few out there. If your thinking if bmw then you have got to think about audi

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 10:34
    ian7675

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    I looked at Audi, there are some nice 1.8T's out there but I would always go for the BMW over it, I just prefer them.

    So now I'm deciding between just the BMW and the Honda and I'm swaying towards the Honda a bit. I think both have bullet proof engines but the Honda is more likely to have been hammered but the BMW will have my pants down if something breaks. I'm so bad at making decisions sometimes...or am I?

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 11:45
    jord294

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    The CTR was designed and built to be thrashed LOL

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 11:48
    ian7675

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    That's true, I suppose as long as its had regular oil changes it should be fine.

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 11:51
    rallye1999

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    If it helps my friend had a 328i on 183k when he sold it which was heavily tracked and its still going strong
    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 11:52
    ian7675

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    Thanks mate, that really didn't help, I thought I was nearly at a decision LOL

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 11:53
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    of the cars listed i'd pick the 325i purely on noise

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 13:05
    jord294

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    Bmws are s**t in the snow. If you get an ep3, I have 2 snow tyres to suit, with good tread Wink

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 13:07
    ian7675

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    I did think about the snow but for those 2 weeks I can just use our other car. I think I'll just keep an eye out for one that's nearest, whatever car it might be or ill just keep bumping this thread with my lack of deciding ability.

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 13:09
    ian7675

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    jord294 wrote:
    Bmws are s**t in the snow. If you get an ep3, I have 2 snow tyres to suit, with good tread Wink


    I'm not driving all the way to Mold to pick up tyres either LOL

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 13:10
    jord294

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    ian7675 wrote:
    jord294 wrote:
    Bmws are s**t in the snow. If you get an ep3, I have 2 snow tyres to suit, with good tread Wink


    I'm not driving all the way to Mold to pick up tyres either LOL


    Only a tenner to send by courier Wink

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 14:16
    ian7675

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    Keep hold of them, I'll let you know.

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    Posted 4th Aug 2013 at 17:20
    webster

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    If you want to rag it around, get the civic. If not the bmw.

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