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PostSubject: Car choice help   Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:09 pm

Dear all

So just spotted the following cars and wondered about your opinions ?

1997 Audi A4 1.8SE 120k T&T with part history (dealer) 595

1998 Saab 9-3 2.0 150k with keys & books 1 prev owner unsure of T&T (dealer) 550

2000 Mitsubishi Carisma 1.8GDi 113k unsure of T&T (dealer) 650

1999 Ford Mondeo 1.8LX 68k unsure of T&T (dealer) 650

1997 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 convertible Tax end sept 2012 MOT June 2013 (dealer) 695

1989 MAZDA 323 LAST OWNER SINCE 1990 ONLY 60K FULL SERVIC HISTORY 595

All cars look tidy.
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:29 pm

VAG stuff is pretty bulletproof The Audi and the Golf are both good choices Thumb

It depends whether you fancy a convertible or not?

Id go for the Audi if it were me Thumb

Cant comment on Mitsubishi cars but the 4x4 variants are good as I am sure our very own tech support will confirm :Wky:

Mondeo's not sure but that little Mazda could be a Gem

Its all down to what you need it for but if you want tank like build quality go for VAG Thumb



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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:58 pm

Thanks for the reply but to be honest it will be used for commuting and just knocking about in. I suppose a hatchback might be better as we have two small woof woofs Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:39 am

Audi or the Mitshu

Audi would top it

Vw ok but with a ragtop might annoy the insurers!!
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:34 pm

wouldn't touch another golf the missus had a mk4 it was horrible little car don't think she even had it a year it

The audi a4 is the replacement of the audi 80 I had one and it was a great car 18 months only needed an exhaust then major engine work but for 205 I cant complain so should be good

cant comment on the rest but a good look over any you fancy should help make up your mind

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:39 pm

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VAG stuff is pretty bulletproof The Audi and the Golf are both good choices Thumb

It depends whether you fancy a convertible or not?

Id go for the Audi if it were me Thumb

Cant comment on Mitsubishi cars but the 4x4 variants are good as I am sure our very own tech support will confirm :Wky:

Mondeo's not sure but that little Mazda could be a Gem

Its all down to what you need it for but if you want tank like build quality go for VAG Thumb




Sorry I wouldn't touch the VAG stuff, everyone I know that has had Audi/VW stuff has had major bills, if you want ultimate reliability buy Japanese!

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:43 pm

Thanks guys im now thinking japanese like civic, micra, almera, corolla, maz 323
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:54 pm

Honda Civics are a great car especially the 1.5 aerodeck version

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:59 pm

Mitsi for me when it comes to 4x4 but only the import I would give anyone a penny for a shogun, as for cars I would go for an old Vw or an old Rover 200 series,

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:05 pm

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Mitsi for me when it comes to 4x4 but only the import I would give anyone a penny for a shogun, as for cars I would go for an old Vw or an old Rover 200 series,

Old 200 Rover series had the honda engines in I think, well at least some of them did.


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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:10 pm

Your right the one I had did and when I sold it it had 211000 miles on the clock and I never had a problem with it and it was only a 214 Oops tell a lie it had to have a new box.

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:46 am

The 214 was a Rover K series. The 216 used either the 1.6 K series or the Honda D16A6 SOHC or D16A8 DOHC 1590cc engines. The earlier 220 used the Rover M series whereas the later ones used the Rover T series, some in turbocharged guise
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:49 am

The 214 I had definitely had a Honda engine in it in fact I remember on so may occasions when it went for mot that the mechanic commented on how lucky I was to have the Honda engine.

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:42 am

Wouldn't touch a rover if you gave it to me with a busty blonde wrapped over the bonnet. I won't forget my mother having a 414 and the engine blew on a trip to Belfast it then spent several months in the garage waiting in an engine they couldnt get one anywhere this resulted in me buying a car 2 months before I part my test so she could get to work. When they got it fixed she sold it and bought a 2.2 Honda prelude lived that car but never got to drive it Sad but my dad did and usually ended with a trip to fill the tank lol

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:00 pm

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The 214 I had definitely had a Honda engine in it in fact I remember on so may occasions when it went for mot that the mechanic commented on how lucky I was to have the Honda engine.

It must have been the SD3 or R8 series and not the later R3 series (1995 - 1999) as these early ones were the only ones to have the smaller Honda engine. It's surprising how many mechanics can't even tell the difference. Take a look at wikipedia for the full details (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_200_/_25).
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:31 pm

I had it from new and the engine developed a fault within 2 weeks so the engine was changed, I never really noticed what was in it from new but it definitely had a Honda engine in it. look at the pic below that's the model.

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:02 pm

Thats a lovely looking rover I especially like the colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:13 pm

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I had it from new and the engine developed a fault within 2 weeks so the engine was changed, I never really noticed what was in it from new but it definitely had a Honda engine in it. look at the pic below that's the model.

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That's an R8 series (second generation). Probably the nicest of them all particularly the convertible and 2.0 Turbo models.
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:14 pm

Well it was a long time a go and I'm a lot older now so memory fails me daily. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:23 pm

I would agree the R8 series is probably the most reliable too and it's also the best looking Rover.
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:33 pm

Nice inside too. Love the leather interior on the convertible. I keep promising to buy myself one and stick a 620Ti lump in it. :Wky:
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:25 pm

Right im hunting tomorrow

I have two lowish mileage 1.8 primeras for just over 800 a 1.0 & 1.3 Micra & 1.5 Almera for around the 800 mark again and a couple of Corsa 1.6 for about 700 searching
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:30 pm

Good luck and come back and let us know how it goes. :Wa:
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:17 pm

No cant do it Ive spotted a few nice looking cars but all trade and call me a tight wad but I just cant get my head round paying 300-400 pound extra for the profit margin. Its going to be tough though as I there dont seem to be many similar cars up sale with private sellers.
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PostSubject: Re: Car choice help   Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:41 pm

Hi Buddy,

As a trader that has dabbled in this great old Japanese stuff, I can assure you that in my case I've only ever had tiny profits in the older stuff, i.e. 150 odd, but that all depends on whats paid by the dealer initially.

Plus you legally have a 3-6 month warranty on this vehicle, so its something if the car turns out to be no good (you'll know within the first three months for sure), and if the trader even thinks of short changing you or denying you a refund he wont have a leg to stand on!

Good luck anyway in whatever road you go down, my advice would be to try and buy the best you can from an original 1st owner with 14 years worth of main dealer history and all the old mots!, + at least 6 months T+T :Wa:

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