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Old 07 March 2006, 04:18   #11
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how do these students afford cars... ...in my day all available cash was spent on beer! In my final year I did manage to scrap together enough cash for a 10 year old fiat panda. a valuable education in engine maintainance!
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Old 07 March 2006, 04:44   #12
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how do these students afford cars... ...in my day all available cash was spent on beer!
Never mind the latest 2 Litre Turbo car, what about the fleet of Ribs they all seem to own

Shouldn't they pay CGT on a student grant ?

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I got my Octavia 2.0 Tdi 12 months ago, I've done 34,000 trouble free miles in it and love it.

I tested the equivalant Golf and it wasn't as nice and to match the spec of the Skoda I would have had to pay an additional 4,700.

I would look at a used Octavia. Lots of car for the money.
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I would look at a used Octavia. Lots of car for the money.
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The Astra

I have huge amounts of experience with the Astra. If you are talking New Astra ( 5dr or sportshatch) i think you'll find the 1.4 is just too small, the 1.6 is nippy when accelerating but top-end just isn't there. 1.8 , feels a bit quicker than the 1.6 and has better top-end. I've done London-St Tropez in Astra 1.6, very good drive. Astra 1.9 diesel- what an engine!!!. Very quick, and when driven sensibly will average about 48mpg and when thrashed about 41-42. Very quick car. 2.0 turbo, quick but i'd have the diesel because of the econemy. VXR- league of its own, very much a drivers car. Fantastic bit of kit, best Vauxhall in years. If you were talking about the older model, probaly best choice would be 1.6/1.8 sxi.
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Astra again.....

Ok- read the post you're talking New Astra. In terms of handling, 5dr will be totally different to estate. 5dr will handle anything you throw at it, estate is a bit twitchy. 1.6 is very economical, can't remeber exact figures, travels very nicely at 100, did'nt like it closer to 115 but then how often do you go there. You'll probaly pick up a good deal at the moment because business in the motor trade had been a bit slow. I think the most popular model would be the 1.6 sxi.

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Never mind the latest 2 Litre Turbo car, what about the fleet of Ribs they all seem to own

Shouldn't they pay CGT on a student grant ?

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To get a grant you have to have a combined household income of under 30k per year. Every student gets a student loan if they apply, which does have to be paid back but has very low interest rates.
For the record I don't have a car, but I do work a lot during the holidays which keeps me out of debt and enables me to run a small RIB.

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how do these students afford cars... ...in my day all available cash was spent on beer! In my final year I did manage to scrap together enough cash for a 10 year old fiat panda. a valuable education in engine maintainance!
I've given up drinking, and I work at my 6 jobs just about every minute I can. I also only buy cheap clothes, oh, and I very rarely eat!
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I got my Octavia 2.0 Tdi 12 months ago, I've done 34,000 trouble free miles in it and love it.

I tested the equivalant Golf and it wasn't as nice and to match the spec of the Skoda I would have had to pay an additional 4,700.

I would look at a used Octavia. Lots of car for the money.
I had an Octavia about 3 yrs ago - for 12,000 miles - was doing 2,000 miles a week at the time so only 6 weeks to do that mileage. The car was great - actually got 53mpg which is a miracle for me. I also had about 5 Passats at the same sort of time and I DID prefer the Skoda - only problem was it took ages to fill the tank.

Loads of Taxi drivers in Swansea have the Skodas and they love them - good for 200,000 miles.

I still say though how underated the Rover 400 is - just as nice to drive and nearly as fast but a lot cheaper to buy - only drawback - not much room in the back compared to a passat/octavia.
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After reading this I've got my heart set on an Astra. Spent the morning going round looking for one. There are indeed some very good cars out there at the moment for not much money. I want a Silver one, with a 1.7 diesel engine. According to the fuel figures it should be more economical than my Punto.....

(This is Tim M BTW (on someone elses puter))
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