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Best used car under 4k?

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megsminx

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5 posts

75 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Haven't had the best car history from being very very poor and so picking the conviently cheap used cars,

I've now just seen my 4th car in two years die after the head completly went a couple of weeks ago. (rover 25, whats new there)

I've come into a windfall and just wonder what all you folks would say is the best/most reliable used car under £4k?

Defcon5

5,122 posts

96 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Excellent lurking.

What kind of car do you want? big/small fast/economical etc

AMST09

453 posts

85 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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I'll get it out the way for everyone else..... MX5 (but not really)

Tiger Tim

1,604 posts

127 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Honestly... If you've always been penniless then I wouldn't spend all the money on a car. Why not spend a couple of grand on a solid reliable car and put some money away in an ISA.

Unlight

338 posts

85 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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04 Mondeo ST220
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kentmotorcompany

2,442 posts

115 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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What is "best" to you?

megsminx

Original Poster:

5 posts

75 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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as to what car i'm looking for, economical and low insurance is best but still... it has to shift when i need her too.

mondeo is out of my insurance range frown

kentmotorcompany

2,442 posts

115 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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I'm guessing something smallish with a smallish engine, good looking, does not need to be uber practical

Get a decent Ford Puma for £4,000.

Baryonyx

13,431 posts

64 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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megsminx said:
as to what car i'm looking for, economical and low insurance is best but still... it has to shift when i need her too.

mondeo is out of my insurance range frown
You're looking at a golden triangle situation there...pick two of your above criteria.

richrebel

36 posts

67 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Honda civic (post 2002 model), Ford mondeo diesel or an MX5 aren't that bad in that price range and the civic shouldn't break the bank insurance wise.

tercelgold

969 posts

62 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Ford Focus , it'll shift as much as other traffic will and could get an 07 for that money.

skene

1,918 posts

77 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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kentmotorcompany said:
Get a decent Ford Puma for £4,000.
fking right you would, you get a good one for £1500 laugh

kentmotorcompany

2,442 posts

115 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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skene said:
kentmotorcompany said:
Get a decent Ford Puma for £4,000.
fking right you would, you get a good one for £1500 laugh
Guess we have a different idea of a good car.



megsminx

Original Poster:

5 posts

75 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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richrebel said:
Honda civic (post 2002 model), Ford mondeo diesel or an MX5 aren't that bad in that price range and the civic shouldn't break the bank insurance wise.
cool beans liking the civic thanks xx focus too.

how are the younger renault meganes (Hatchbacks 04 onwards)? did have coupe a few months ago, but it was aged and so MOT was a complete disaster. how do the phase two's fair? is there much of a difference?


mike9009

2,391 posts

148 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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How about a Mini One. Low insurance (group 5 in old money). They handle great, are fairly zippy and we used to get about 45mpg on a run.

Ive found a few with under 60k miles and at about £3.5k

Usually serviced well due to the TLC package sold by BMW for the first five years servicing. A few known faults but generally reliable......

Mike

McAndy

7,792 posts

82 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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If you don't require too much practicality then a Mk3 MR2 will serve you well

rallycross

7,247 posts

142 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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Vw polo
Focus

Kong

1,501 posts

76 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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megsminx said:
just wonder what all you folks would say is the best/most reliable used car under £4k?
I think you will find those terms are usually mutually exclusive.

The best car for under 4k - probably an E36 M3 EVO.

Most reliable car for under 4k - probably a Honda Jazz or Toyota Corolla.

rossw46

1,166 posts

65 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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megsminx said:
cool beans liking the civic thanks xx focus too.

how are the younger renault meganes (Hatchbacks 04 onwards)? did have coupe a few months ago, but it was aged and so MOT was a complete disaster. how do the phase two's fair? is there much of a difference?
I can vouch for the civic!I have a 2002 1.6,had mine for almost 3 years,and its only EVER been to the garage for services.Its on 85K miles now,and shows no signs of giving up!Also fairly economical on the mileage.

I agree the post 2002 models look nicer,and you'd get a good one for your £4K,but if you want to save some of you money,a pre facelift model is a winner!

nottyash

4,471 posts

100 months

Thursday 28th July 2011
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megsminx said:
as to what car i'm looking for, economical and low insurance is best but still... it has to shift when i need her too.

mondeo is out of my insurance range frown
Skoda fabia VRS, great cars, though may have about 70k miles at £4k.
Maybe a Panda 100HP if one comes up cheap enough, although most are a little over budget.
Or save a few quid and give a Suzuki Ignis sport a go. They get good reviews on here.