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Old 06 June 2014, 08:37   #11
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Looking at getting a first car at the end of summer, at a budget stretch of around 1300 max.
Just any information about reliability and which is nicest to drive out of
Renault clio
Vauxhall corse
Or a fiat punto

All will be around year 2000 with around 50,000 miles. Just need a cheap reliable to car to drive my son and sometimes me to work. Any advice apreciated!


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Old 06 June 2014, 09:21   #12
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All modern cars tend to be reliable, unless you get one built on a Friday afternoon (you genuinely seem to get the odd duff one).

Low mile cars do exist, my last car was 1973 with 28,000 on the clock, full supplying main dealer history to prove it and my Dad has just bought a Stag with only 18k from new !

Fiats are normally light and therefore nippy and good on fuel.

Vauxhalls always used to be a group lower on insurance than other brands equivalent (hence young boy racers bought them to save a few quid that way). This may have changed.

I think the Clio won car of the year a couple of times so must be reasonable !

I think most modern cars are much the same (there's a lot of badge engineering going on).

The skoda mentioned will be a nice car and very good value !

I was always encouraged (by my car dealer dad) not to be too specific and to look around for the best value (lowest mile/newest, as time can cause as many problems as miles) car that is within my budget.
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Old 06 June 2014, 10:22   #13
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Old 06 June 2014, 12:39   #14
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Old 06 June 2014, 16:09   #15
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Nothing wrong with a corsa. my 1.2 does 70 miles a day every day,
Never let me down. only has a few crank sensors fail. everything else has been consumables. discs pads tyres etc.
I have genuinely had 189000 trouble free miles.
Its beyond changing now, i have the 1/4 million miles as a target
And its a 1.2 petrol, still does 50MPG
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I've just bought my step daughters a 2011 Renault Clio 1.2TCE.

It goes like the proverbial with its 1.2 turbo engine. Cheap tax and insurance.
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I've got a 1.4 mg zr as my second car. Head gasket was done by an owner before. Drives great, electric windows, electric sunroof, electric door mirrors, half leather bucket seats, big boot. Pulls the boat fine too! 2004 with 60k miles which is pretty good! Cost me 1100 to buy and insurance is 800 for my second year. Best car for money I could of bought!

One thing I would say is get a 5door as insurance is cheaper! Made 127 difference. According to insurance companies the 3door is a 'sports car'.


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Old 07 June 2014, 03:04   #18
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A mate had one of them Luke.

He reckoned it was the best car he had ever owned, I drove it a few times and I was surprised by how solid and rattle free it was.

That looks a nice one.
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Corsa's are probably THE worst cars to drive period, crap driving position, crap engines in terms of fuel efficiency, woeful handling especially if you get it a bit wrong. Yes cheap to insure there are so many better cars out there.

First car for a youngster? Trust me get one with ESP/DSC (Stability control) available on many cars from the mid 2000's. I work in the industry testing, developing & demonstrating the systems, trust me on this one.
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Another vote for Fabia/ibiza. I exclude Polo only because it tends to be more expensive due to badge snobbery.

Personally I'd steer clear of Clio as wife & daughter have had 3 between them, all of which went on to suffer with significant electrical systems problems.
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