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  • #10887

    PlaneMan
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    Looking at a few cars tomorrow and was wondering if anyone had any advice?

    I’ve not needed a car for years (more than 10) so I’m a bit rusty. I know the basics like checking the dipstick, tires, steering wheel, gear knob, wear to the interior and pedals.

    It’s Skoda Citigo’s I’m looking at, all 3 years old, SE spec (all I need) and from a big car supermarket place near me.

    I’m aware that the sales people at this place like to rush you and try and get you sign up for credit but I’ll be paying all in one go.

    T.I.A

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    PlaneMan
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    Had a recall notice for my car in the post this morning. Apparently if you really slam the rear doors it can set the airbags off. I dread to think how hard you’d have to slam them for that to happen.

    Called in Suzuki about an hour ago to get it booked in and they said they could do it there and then. 25 minutes later job done. I think the mechanics were glad of something to do, they were shuffling cars around on the forecourt when I got there. Living 2 minutes drive from the dealership can be very handy. ?

    #35113

    PlaneMan
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    Made some offers on Swift Sports this week, dealers want to much IMO. Nobody will budge.

    So now I’m seriously considering saving more money and going for a lightly used Fiesta ST.

    Main reason being that it’s the same insurance group as my current Swift due to the Swift using fancy technology to keep the weight down. They bounce very well but when they bend it costs a LOT to fix them.

    Lightly used ST-2 are currently going for about £1500 more than a similar age Swift Sport, more power and allegedly better handling. And there are many more too choose from.

    #35120

    JayCeeDee
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    Made some offers on Swift Sports this week, dealers want to much IMO. Nobody will budge.

    Leave it a month and they’ll be looking to clear stock for the ’69 plates.??

    #35121

    PlaneMan
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    Made some offers on Swift Sports this week, dealers want to much IMO. Nobody will budge.

    Leave it a month and they’ll be looking to clear stock for the ’69 plates.??

    That was my thinking as well.

    All the Suzuki (and a few Ford) dealers within about 100 miles have my email and what I’m willing to spend to change. It’s up to them now.

    #35127

    Bob Williams
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    Don’t fancy one of these Nolan?

    https://tinyurl.com/y6hj6fbf

    Hyundai are making some great motors.

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

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    PlaneMan
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    Don’t fancy one of these Nolan? https://tinyurl.com/y6hj6fbf Hyundai are making some great motors.

     

    Yes Bob but it’s bigger, higher insurance group, thirstier and more expensive.

    I don’t need anything bigger than a Fiesta size car.

    #35144

    Bob Williams
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    This is the latest version of my own:

    https://tinyurl.com/y6gkkwut

    They have gone with the engine I have – 125 bhp, 16valve, twin cam. Mine was a one-off demo, sourced by a mate in Motability at Read Hyundai Grimsby, a 6-speed auto, but they have now installed that engine in all manuals now. Even the auto goes like manure sliding from a garden implement, I love it. Might be too thirsty and too much insurance as well for you, though. I often forget that all I have to do is put fuel in it. Everything else is covered.

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

    #35159

    PlaneMan
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    Bob, not my kind of car. Not yet anyway.

    I’m after a hot hatch when my body can still handle. In 3 years time I might not be able to have one.

    I’m surprised at the emissions of the IX 20, 149 g/km versus 136g/km of the ST.

    #35163

    Bob Williams
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    Yes I can understand that Nolan. You always have to decide on the choice of car with your sensible head, not your Petrol Head! The emissions problem I beat by using Shell V-power. Expensive, but as I “before and after” – before with ordinary 95 octane, after with 97/98 octane. It ups the sensors and chip to accept higher octane automatically, built into the electronics and engine by Hyundai.

    Tested by the lad whose dad once owned the workshop I ran: I trained him. Must have made a good job of it, as he now owns his own performance motor business and has all the latest gear.

    The higher octane does make a difference, although some will sneer because they have used it and it makes no difference if their motor does not have that built in. After the last service Read Hyundai asked me if I was using high octane fuel, as they had tested emissions. I carried out my own MPG checks over 3 tanks of 95 compared to 3 of 97. There was a small improvement, but the best part is smoother running and improved acceleration. I often get Boy Racers* tailgating me (Oldphart, small car) then watch my rear view mirror as their car disappears behind me.

    *Older BMW’s and older VW Golf’s are the worst, with the occasional 1.2 Corsa. I wouldn’t argue with a Fiesta ST though.??

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

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    Richard
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    This does show how different folk have very different needs and priorities. It set me thinking about our cars over the past few years, after I got over the surprise at you frequent changes of vehicle PM.

    Most of my cars have been kept for a while unless fate intervened. A couple of Fords put me off that make for ever, the first was clearly a cousin of the Model T, the other considered replacement gearboxes were an annual service replacement item along with the oil change schedule. Hydraulic brake failures, a major electrical failure and sundry other ‘never ever problems completed the failure list. A Fiat was with me for 22 years but part of that time it was laid up as I was overseas. A couple of Honda Accords lasted for 17 years for the saloon, mainly used by my wife, and 19 years for the coupe, they were added to by a Jazz that I held for 13 years having bought it as the Accords were not insurable for our daughter to learn on and it was kept after medical concerns delayed her progress. Now she has overcome her medical issues and gained her licence she has become its keeper and has already done close to a thousand miles in the last couple of weeks.

    So, having ruled out Fords after previous terrible experiences we wanted cars with a good local dealer, good reliability, reasonable comfort and practicality. Baring in mind we needed dog access for up to three dogs, (now down to two) and child seat capability for the now two grandchildren, though fate has severely restricted that need recently.

    Following Honda’s loss of a local agent, few others met the bill. Sadly the Hyundai agent is very local but unable to provide any sort of service when I tried to buy something, they made no effort at all to sell anything to me, so Kia it was. Emissions were not really the top issue for me, reasonable fuel efficiency, tyre wear, practicality, (remember dogs and small children) and a lack of interest in consuming spares were top of my wants list. My wife’s automatic Ceed is now 7 years old and does a whisker under 50 mpg, mine is now almost three, (it is due a service in the near future) and returns around 55 mpg. Tyre wear is within my acceptable range, no tyres have been replaced so far and other spares have not been required.

    Cars should start when needed, stop as needed and get from A to B, do what is wanted, without fuss or botheration, and not cost a fortune along the way in our book. Depreciation ceases being a real issue if the car is held for a few years , we generally exceed a ‘few years’ by a good margin.

    #35173

    The Duke
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    The outgoing fiesta st200 (st3) all day if you want a hot hatch. The st150 is a cracker also.

    Im still not sure on the new 3cly one, it is quicker and meant to be just as fun, but I very much doubt it will be as capable as the outgoing 4cly. They can squeeze alot of hp out of them. Or on the flip side, as stock 200bhp they should be solid for years.

    I’d like an st200, but if anything I need something larger than my current leon ST 200 estate. May go for the skoda superb redline estate next. The 280bhp sould even out the extra wieght, also its awd so sould shift down my lanes.

    #35174

    PlaneMan
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    Steve, the 2017 ST I could get now but the interior is so dated I couldn’t live with it.

    Now I’m used to Android Auto I’m not going without it.

    Richard, my plan has always been to work my way up to a hot hatch, it’s potentially coming around quicker than I anticipated but I’m not complaining.

    Bob, I know what you mean about idiots in older cars thinking your car is slow. Happens often to me as well.

    #35176

    The Duke
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    Totally with you on the dated interior, the new one is still a mile behind tbh. I’d have one as my second car, for nipping back and too to work. It’s only 7 mins drive down the lanes. But I like android auto to much for longer drives.

    Both the fords and Vx are behind the rest when it comes to interiors. Lazy as the focus, fiesta, astra and corsa top the bills almost evey month. So they have little reason to chuck real money at them. That is untill the Korean sales overtake them and leave them behind.

    Have a look at the i30n that’s a little cracker. Not sure about android auto tho. Or the veloster n. Two nice motors.

    #35637

    PlaneMan
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    Had a ride in a 2018 ST yesterday and it almost broke me. It’s too firm for me. As a second car, yes, daily driver, no.

    Had a test drive in a black Swift Sport today and it’s epic. Handles better than mine, steering has more feel due to the little bit of extra weight of the wheels and it feels a lot faster than the on-paper figures would have you believe. Gearbox caught me out once or twice due to it being a six speed and I’ve never driven one. More toys as well. ?

    Registered late November last year, under 3,000 miles on it.

    After lots of negotiating I finally got the salesman to price I’m happy with. He wasn’t  happy with it though. ?

    All being well I’m getting it on Tuesday afternoon. ??

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    JayCeeDee
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    #35652

    The Duke
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    Result, Im a big fan of the swift sport. I like them alot. I too could only have a fiesta St as a second car. My spine couldn’t use one full time. Plus I need a huge boot. My Leon Estate isn’t really big enough these days.

    May have to by some form of faux or real 4×4 next (I feel sick).

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    JayCeeDee
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    May have to by some form of faux or real 4×4 next (I feel sick).

    Didn’t you start out with an old escort van?? Maybe life has gone full circle and you now need a van as well as the family car?? Can you write a van off ( tax-wise ) against the pub??

    When we started out on the stall we had an old Nissan Prairie with the back bench seat removed – there wasn’t much we couldn’t carry!! Or have you considered a trailer??

    #35658

    Richard
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    Steve, don’t give up, many five door cars have a load space close to that of a van. Older, larger easy riding less fuel efficient cars can be cheap, but your mileage might affect things. Avoid older cars with a long list of high technical options if you want reliability.

    #35660

    The Duke
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    The Yes Richard. I’ll probably get an superb estare (the red line is very nice, as is the exec) and it will be the pub buying it, well leasing it.

    The superb estate, and even non Estate are huge. And the 280nhp will be enough to pull all my crap around at a fun speed.

    Jcd, yep a 91 essy van, loved that. I’d take one of them now as a work van. Nothing ever broke on it. Ever. Though at 60(ish)bhp and no torque, it may not live up to my memories. Lol

     

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    JayCeeDee
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    Though at 60(ish)bhp and no torque, it may not live up to my memories. Lol

    Through the eyes of a fresh young driver at the time, that was still magical!! ?? You’re right though – it didn’t last, and the race for more bhp began!!

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