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iaincb1

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673 posts

34 months

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Another what car thread…..most people apologise for starting a new one but I’m pretty certain everyone loves them, I know I do and they have been giving me some inspiration recently. And I realise I only have 1 post but while I do not contribute I enjoy the daily lurk so please don’t see me as a newbie :-)

So anyway, the requirements…
- I currently have a Fiesta Turbo up for sale so once that’s sold I will be on the market….it’s advertised at £3500 so no higher than that
- Ideally 30mpg + for daily use. I had a 330ci which I was spending £60 quid a week on fuel in and I would prefer not to go back to that (although the Fiesta isn’t far off). Please note that most of the cars below are likely to be below this but I don’t recall making one sensible decision with a vehicle recently. Your experience with mpg on suggestions would be a great help
- I can’t afford big repair bills due to being young and debt-full
- It’s a bonus if it can tow because I am hoping to get a standup jetski (so nothing too big/heavy) but this is not a necessity as I have a mate who can tow
- That’s about it I think but no doubt I will shoot some options down for a reason I haven’t mentioned

Cars I have looked at:

Audi S3 210bhp – only downside I can think of is as far as I can find, mpg is usually below 30. After a little research I don’t think I should let 120k miles put me off

Audi TT- pretty much same as above

Honda Civic Type R EP3 – mpg again and the fact I’m not sure I would be happy with it as a commuter in the long run, but having said that I’m managing with the FRST. Also it can’t tow

Renault Clio 182 – can’t tow with this one either but are a nice car for the money

Saab 9-3 2.0T HOT Aero coupe – the other half is particularly fussy over looks and gave a straight no to this one, however great car for the money it seems. Maybe hard to sell on though

MG ZT – same as above

Mazda MX5 – practicality is limited and I only really love them when they have some nice wheels (think 15x8 et0) and lowered. The problem with that is it’s a commuter and I don’t tend to keep my cars too long and this would probably be a waste of money.

BMW E39- probably a diesel for this one but am I going to run into some hefty costs? Definitely a long time lover of these but never seem to be the right car for me


I was really just hoping for some advice on the above or for someone to come along with that 1 special suggestion I haven’t thought of and for me to think ‘YES! That’s the one’. The latter may be hard as I tend to sit and browse down every model under every make trying to think what I could get.

I should probably say that the ideal car for me is a cheap, small engine run around but as I can’t bring myself to do it, I shall continue to look at the sportier versions of most cars.

Suggestion please…………..

mikeplayer

186 posts

33 months

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I hate myself for so many reasons for saying this, but how about a Golf GT Tdi 170 Late mk4 on-wards?

2006 1 series, i personalty love the coupe version but out my price range.

Seat Leon FR, look good on the out side, practical, a little plastic inside.

Some decent spec A4?

frosted

3,549 posts

62 months

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You obviously can't afford to run a car. Scooter maybe ?

I know what your thinking, I'm a knob however the difference in £ between a diesel and 330 ci is about £20 a week in your case

Hth
smile


Sam1990

374 posts

52 months

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If you can't afford big bills I'd stay away from anything with forced induction. An MX5 will be your safest bet for fun, reliable motoring.

Little Dave

698 posts

94 months

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[quote=Sam1990]If you can't afford big bills I'd stay away from anything with forced induction. quote]

And Jet Ski's !
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Triumph Man

2,928 posts

53 months

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iaincb1 said:
...Fiesta turbo...
Which Fiesta is that? I'm not doubting it, just curious because I can't remember one. Unless you mean turbo diesel... In which case get out...

Origin Unknown

640 posts

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iaincb1 said:
Audi S3 210bhp – only downside I can think of is as far as I can find, mpg is usually below 30. After a little research I don’t think I should let 120k miles put me off

Audi TT- pretty much same as above
I have a MK1 Audi TT (225Q) as a weekend car that I sometimes take to work (c. 70 miles, 60 mway, 10 traffic/side roads)

I tend to get ~32MPG according to the DIS

iaincb1 said:
BMW E39- probably a diesel for this one but am I going to run into some hefty costs? Definitely a long time lover of these but never seem to be the right car for me
My daily runner is a E39 530iA and over the same journey returns ~29MPG. A 530d will return more BUT when I did the math factoring in the higher cost of diesel, the savings were negligible. There is a post somewhere in the BWM forum that discusses this.

McHaggis

13,758 posts

40 months

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Pretty sure you can't tow with a Mk1 TT?

From the TTforum.co.uk:

Audi TT coupe: When the vehicle was type approved the manufacturer did not declare it to be suitable for towing. It therefore has no specified towing capacity and no specified mounting points.

Mark Benson

3,079 posts

154 months

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Triumph Man said:
Which Fiesta is that? I'm not doubting it, just curious because I can't remember one. Unless you mean turbo diesel... In which case get out...
Didn't they do a short-lived Mk3 Fiesta Turbo (CVH lump I think), might have even worn the RS badge?

Pretty certain I remember wanting one in my early days of driving (late '80s or so).

McHaggis

13,758 posts

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Mark Benson said:
Didn't they do a short-lived Mk3 Fiesta Turbo (CVH lump I think), might have even worn the RS badge?

Pretty certain I remember wanting one in my early days of driving (late '80s or so).
As ever with the internet, someone, somewhere has built a page:

http://www.fiestaturbo.com/articles/history/

Mark Benson

3,079 posts

154 months

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McHaggis said:
Mark Benson said:
Didn't they do a short-lived Mk3 Fiesta Turbo (CVH lump I think), might have even worn the RS badge?

Pretty certain I remember wanting one in my early days of driving (late '80s or so).
As ever with the internet, someone, somewhere has built a page:

http://www.fiestaturbo.com/articles/history/
Jesus, I'm such a sad car nerd...... biggrin

Spanna

2,134 posts

61 months

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Accord Type R? Pushing it on the 30mpg requirement though and I wouldn't expect any suggestions so far to be much if at all above and certainly not when towing.

C.A.R.

1,945 posts

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Worst "what sporty car for debt-ridden young person who wants to tow a jetski" ever.

Seriously, forget the jetski (rent one, if it's that important) get out of debt and buy a cheap runaround (ie nothing you have listed yet)

McHaggis

13,758 posts

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Also remembered, don't think you can tow with a Mk2 or Mk3 MX5 either.

Origin Unknown

640 posts

54 months

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McHaggis said:
Pretty sure you can't tow with a Mk1 TT?

From the TTforum.co.uk:

Audi TT coupe: When the vehicle was type approved the manufacturer did not declare it to be suitable for towing. It therefore has no specified towing capacity and no specified mounting points.
You are of course, totally correct. I read it as an optional requirement smile

I am also under the impression that you can have it inspected to certify it for towing but I have no evidence of this. Also, on the 225 and V6, and these are the ones to have, with the twin exhaust configuration, there is no way of mouting it.

McHaggis

13,758 posts

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Origin Unknown said:
You are of course, totally correct. I read it as an optional requirement smile

I am also under the impression that you can have it inspected to certify it for towing but I have no evidence of this. Also, on the 225 and V6, and these are the ones to have, with the twin exhaust configuration, there is no way of mouting it.
Really? I thought cars without type approval for towing couldn't legally have a bar added as the manufacturer wasn't warrantying it's ability to tow any load?

iaincb1

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673 posts

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I had a mk4 golf gt tdi 150 remapped by motorsport developments . I shouldn’t have sold that in hindsight but owned it a year and fancied a change, plus it was on 165k still on the standard turbo and the clutch was on its way out. I used to spend around £30 a week on fuel driving it however I felt like. Got the BM, realised how much juice it drank so drove around most of the time quite sedately. Also cut down driving at weekends and it still doubled the fuel bill. I’m only on £1100pm so a quarter of my wage on fuel plus high insurance at the time, it just didn’t feel worth it.

Funnily enough though, I bought an Aprilia RS125 which I immediately regretted (see above about not making the most sensible decisions). That is now

sat on my drive and I cba with a bike now.

By big bills, I mean along the lines of BMW diesel potential bills which I believe can be £1000+. But I may never run into these if I bought one. It’s just a risk you take I suppose.

The jetski isn’t too much of an issue for money. A few mates have them and I am aware of the 2 stroke reliability of the old Kawasaki’s. Trying to keep that a separate issue from the car though.

1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo… www.pistonheads.com/sales/4010726.htm

I think maybe forget the towing aspect of it as a mate can tow it anyway, it was just incase any suggestions of capable cars come about.

With regards to affordability its not so much of a problem now as I have paid my insurance in full for the year. Paying for a car with low 20's MPG, its not that I can't, its can I get something that's better than that but is still quite quick and fun

SMcP114

2,754 posts

77 months

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Triumph Man said:
iaincb1 said:
...Fiesta turbo...
Which Fiesta is that? I'm not doubting it, just curious because I can't remember one. Unless you mean turbo diesel... In which case get out...
I'm pretty sure 99% of this site will have heard of the Fiesta Rs Turbo.

LuS1fer

31,716 posts

130 months

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Stick with what you know? If you search around, you can find Fiesta STs for that price though you may have to travel.

I've seen two recently, one in West Wales and one in Bournemouth, both looked in cracking condition and low miles and both less than £3500.

Triumph Man

2,928 posts

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SMcP114 said:
Triumph Man said:
iaincb1 said:
...Fiesta turbo...
Which Fiesta is that? I'm not doubting it, just curious because I can't remember one. Unless you mean turbo diesel... In which case get out...
I'm pretty sure 99% of this site will have heard of the Fiesta Rs Turbo.
I must be the 1% who hasn't then. Although, as above, I have now. the turbo diesel bit was meant tongue in cheek due to the occasional use elsewhere of "i've got a turbo" being used to say "turbo diesel".
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