What did you drive in the "Noughties"?

What did you drive in the "Noughties"?


Joey Deacon

3,483 posts

140 months

Thursday 25th February
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April 2000)Brand new Impreza Turbo - First ever brand new car.
Mar 2002)Brand new Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique, got sick of the Impreza running costs. Picked it up on new plate day, was my favorite new car collection.
Mid 2003)Brand new Import 206 CC. I desperately wanted a convertible, what was I thinking. Sold it very quickly once I realised how much I hated it and the comments I got.

Now it gets a little hazy date wise, this is when the sheds started.

Late 2004)S Reg Renault Laguna, £1500, great car.

2006)P reg Audi 1.8 Turbo. Felt so solid and refined compared to anything I had ever owned before. I think I owned this for the remainder of the decade.

2007)Bought a 53 plate 1.9 DCI Scenic Mk2 for the (ex) wife. My parents still have this car although it hasn't moved in a couple of years.


43,997 posts

168 months

Thursday 25th February
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I had an N-reg 306 XSi at the start of the decade. Then a 52 plate Civic Type-R in 2002. Changed that for a 2005 RX-8 in 2006. Changed that for a 2005 Elise 111R in 2009. Still got the Lotus.

Over the same period we had some other cars - I bought my wife a Citroen AX 1.5D to learn to drive in, and she immediately chopped that in for a 2002 MX-5 1.8 the week she passed her test. Then she traded that in for a 350Z sometime around 2009/2010. When I got the Elise, I also picked up an old Impreza Sport estate - the two litre 130bhp-ish one.


2,409 posts

82 months

Thursday 25th February
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1987 Fiesta 950 pop
1994 Orion 1.4 lx
1996 Micra 1.0
2000 Mondeo 1.8 Zetec
1998 Fiesta 1.4SI
2006 C1 Vibe
2004 Micra 1.2 se
1994 Maverick 2.4 SWB
1980 S3 landrover
2001 Shogun Pinin


405 posts

42 months

Thursday 25th February
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The motoring wilderness years for me...

Buying houses, becoming sensibler, needing something for the commute rather than the fun:

The Fiat Marea 20v was pretty much the pinnacle of the noughties for me:

Whilst the Marea was pretty nippy it wasn't very frugal. 27mpg and 20k miles a year started to hurt, so I took the plunge into diesel-land:

Shiny blue Peugeot-y diesel-ness. A 206 2.0 HDi Turbo, which turned out to be not so bad - wodges of torque, soft suspension and 55mpg. Sadly one winters afternoon after a rain storm it fell foul of that other Peugeot fun favourite - lift off oversteer and made sweet sweet love to a passing tree (that should be trees plural):

Undeterred I went for another diesel:

Turning Japanese again. This time the Colt 1.5 Di-D Equippe. A smart forfour in disguise. Really quite nippy for a little diesel and felt more like a minor hot/warm hatch so was at least fun to chuck about.

And that saw the noughties out (and a chunk of the - whatever you call the decade that came after. The teenies sounds wrong. The tennies? Good luck with that thread...).


3,629 posts

69 months

Thursday 25th February
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Started with a carry-over from the 90s with my Sierra RS Cosworth which started to become hugely unreliable and expensive so it was tucked away, and a Mk2 Escort RS2000 which was lost in a fire. Domestication and sensibility followed with
'98 Polo 1.4 (came with a Ms Genx and gave incredible sterling service. 0 -> 260,000 miles, in that time only need routine maintenance and one rear shock absorber)
Mk5 Golf GTD170 (quick, economical and all I needed for a while)
Mk5.5 Escort RS2000 (bought from my mum, I was only the third keeper and had it until about two years ago)

And that was it until the 2010s. It seems like I settled down after the 90s.


3,676 posts

156 months

Thursday 25th February
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The era of some of my favourite cars!

Fiat Punto HGT

Dodge Dakota 5.2 V8

E34 540i Manual 6 speed

Toyota Celica GTFOUR ST205 WRC - With reflective Castrol graphics


1,440 posts

187 months

Thursday 25th February
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Started the naughties with a mg zr
Followed by Pontiac transport
Then mg zt 120
Mg zt 160 tourer
Mg zt 260 lhd
Then 2 tvr chimaeras
Ended the decade with a Mercedes cosworth


10,294 posts

180 months

Thursday 25th February
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Well, no one is near NDA as yet! Great cars NDA.


1,501 posts

98 months

Thursday 25th February
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Rover 214i
Saxo VTR
Astra MK4 SXi
Vectra 1.8 Club
Smart ForTwo
Golf VR6
Astra MK3 1.8 16v
Astra Coupé Turbo
Astra 1.6 LS
Nissan Primera 1.6 LX
Fiesta 1.25 Encore

I may have missed a couple, it was a busy decade with more than one car per year. Mostly quite forgettable cars, with a couple I loved.


1,501 posts

98 months

Thursday 25th February
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alpha channel said:
2000-2004 - White '92 MK1 Clio (oil burner, good for the 60 mile round trip uni run)
2004-2005 - '96 Green Rover 214SEi
2005-Present - '98 Rover 200 Coupe (VVC)

2014-2014 - (all eight months of it) 2007 C Class
2014-2017 - '09 Alfa Romeo 159Ti

2017 - Present - '06 Jaguar XK
and a time machine? biggrin


93 posts

2 months

Thursday 25th February
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I got through a few in that decade:

1997 Ford Mondeo V6
2000 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2001 Volkswagen Passat Sport
2001 Ford Mondeo V6
2001 Vauxhall Vectra SRI
1996 Jaguar Sovereign
1999 Renault Laguna Monaco
2002 Fiat Stilo Abarth
1997 Saab 900 S
1996 Mercedes Benz C220 Elegance
1999 Citroen Xantia SX
2000 BMW 328i Sport
2001 Volvo S60 SE
2001 Renault Laguna Dynamique
2001 SEAT Leon Cupra
1996 Jeep Cherokee Limited
2002 Renault Laguna Dynamique
2000 BMW 320i SE Touring
1999 Ford Mondeo Ghia X
2002 Nissan X-Trail Sport
2000 Peugeot 406 LX
2002 Land Rover Freelander GS
2007 Renault Megane Dynamique
2004 Honda HR-V VTEC


3,644 posts

155 months

Thursday 25th February
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Continuing on from the 90s thread, had my '95 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting then

'95 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 LS (a rather remiss "upgrade")
'91 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 (back on track)
'04 MG ZR 105+ (company car)
'03 Mazda MX-5 1.8 Nevada
'90 BMW 325i Convertible
'94 VW Corrado VR6
'00 VW Golf GTi 2.0
'08 VW Polo 1.4 TDI SE
'09 Fiat 500 1.2 Pop

There were a couple of mk5 Golf company cars in there too. Bit of a shaky end and start but quite good in the middle and fitting that I started and ended the decade with a small red Fiat!


3,753 posts

70 months

Thursday 25th February
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Saab 900S
Mini Cooper S
VW Scirocco 1.4TSi


2,320 posts

99 months

Thursday 25th February
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E30 Touring
Chevrolet Blazer
GMC Sierra


382 posts

13 months

Thursday 25th February
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Bought first car in 2001 (after 50 weekends of overtime), 98R Rover 216 SLi from 2001-2007ish. Best interior, engine and looks of the small hatches I could fit in and afford. Eventually got a bit expensive to keep fixing fix so part-exed for:

2007 to 2012 54 plate Seat Toledo TDi 150. Basically followed an inherited love of Golfs but couldn't afford the real thing and liked the big boot. Comfy, quickish, well-equipped, lots of niggles. Slightly over-stretched on the finance. fkwit wrote off the Toledo around 2012 by turning right blind across me at some traffic lights. Would have been more gutted if it hadn't needed £1500 worth of niggles fixing, including back doors which hadn't locked for a year or more, plus a funny damp smell.

alpha channel

1,234 posts

126 months

Thursday 25th February
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Sten. said:
and a time machine? biggrin
Anticipating the next one biggrin I still think the of the late '90's as recent (when I passed my test).


77 posts

107 months

Thursday 25th February
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Passed my test in 2004:

1996 Mk1 Fiat Punto S 1.1 - 2004 to 2006
2004 Vauxhall Corsa C SRI 1.4 - 2006 to 2008
2003 Mk1 Focus RS 2.0T - 2008 to 2012


791 posts

227 months

Thursday 25th February
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Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign
Jaguar X300 XJR
MG ZS180 (dead)
Triumph Stag (still have)
Aston Martin V8 Saloon (still have)

Edited by MCSV8 on Thursday 25th February 19:42

Chris Hinds

433 posts

129 months

Thursday 25th February
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2001 - A 1991 Rover 214S
2002-2003 - 1999 Citroen Xsara 2.0HDI
2003 - 1999 VW Golf TDI
2004-2007 - 2004 Audi A3 2.0TDI
2007-2010 - 2007 Audi TT 2.0TFSI


10,811 posts

173 months

Thursday 25th February
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1991 Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 GLSi twin cam
1992 Ford Sierra XR4x4 2.9
1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth
1994 Ford Fiesta car derived van 1.8D
1993 Ford Escort 1.8D
1991 Peugeot 405 1.8 GTDT
1995 Peugeot 605 2.1 SRDT
1991 Vauxhall Astra 1.7D
1993 Ford Granada Scorpio 24v Cosworth
1996 Vauxhall Omega 3.0 Elite
1994 Rover 820 Vitesse Sport
1996 Rover 825SD
1998 Rover 620Ti
1997 Ford Mondeo 1.8TD GLX
1990 Austin Maestro 2.0D
1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4
1993 Subaru Impreza WRX STI v1
2003 Octavia vRS
2003 Vauxhall Vectra 3.2 Elite
1991 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8 GLX