Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 06 June 2014, 03:56   #1
Member
 
csjukes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 86
Best first cars?

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!


Sent from my iPhone using RIB Net
__________________

__________________
csjukes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 04:04   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Suzuki DF20 EFI
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,276
Be interesting to hear what folks come up with. I'm looking at the moment to buy a car for our daughter who needs one for a new job. We are looking up to 1500 asking max and hoping to buy nearer 100 giving room for a couple of tyres, service etc. We are looking at ages between 2001 - 2005.

I'd be amazed if you find a genuine 50,000ml car at 14yrs old.... most we see seem to be nearer 100,000mls which isn't an issue for me.

Our short list is Fiesta, Punto, Fabia, Corsa. I like the Fabia the best as they often seem to have been in the hands of family or elderly owners whereas a shiny Corsa has often spent many an evening handbrake turning in Halfords car park.
__________________

__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 04:15   #3
Member
 
csjukes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 86
The corsa is third on my list purely for the idea that insurance is definitely higher, probaly becuase of its 'boyracer' image. There are cars with aroumd 50,000 but the good ones are rare. You just have to check on those HPI things where they ensure no crashes and give an estimated mileage. I dont want to go over 55,000 really as some of these small cars arent that well made. Clio is my favourite atm


Sent from my iPhone using RIB Net
__________________
csjukes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 05:19   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Gloucester
Boat name: pain
Make: c craft
Length: 4m +
Engine: mariner, seagull, to
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 185
I have a Toyota Corolla on a 94 L plate with 20,000 miles on it so there are some genuine low mileage cars around
__________________
Stubber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 05:50   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Suzuki DF20 EFI
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,276
Well yes of course there will always be the unusual. But if you are searching on Autotrader for a petrol hatchback up to 1300cc with manual transmission there are about 6500 cars... of those only 500 are listed as less than 50,000mls.

So you massively restrict your choice and those 500 low milers probably aren't always going to be the best cars.
__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 05:55   #6
RIBnet supporter
 
gotchiguy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dinard, Brittany
Boat name: Into the Red
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 7m +
Engine: Evinrude E-tec 250HO
MMSI: 235 076 114
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,948
RIBase
I've got a little Twingo which I find really great.

There are a couple at 1600 on autotrader but ones with the spec you're looking at seem to be about a thousand more. Obviously it is a much newer car though, 07/08.

Used RENAULT TWINGO Car for Sale - Auto Trader UK
__________________
gotchiguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 06:13   #7
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 6,830
We've had a couple of Puntos and they were fantastic little cars. Much more roomy inside than most of the competition and the build quality seemed to be much better than Fiat's normal lamentable efforts.
__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 06:37   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Suzuki DF20 EFI
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3,276
It's obvious of course but...

We are looking up to 1500 but hoping to buy around 1000... I like a deal but 100 is a bit mean.
__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 07:13   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Boat name: TORA
Make: Tornado
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 60hp
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 130
Send a message via Skype™ to TUFTY
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fenlander View Post
Be interesting to hear what folks come up with. I'm looking at the moment to buy a car for our daughter who needs one for a new job. We are looking up to 1500 asking max and hoping to buy nearer 100 giving room for a couple of tyres, service etc. We are looking at ages between 2001 - 2005.

I'd be amazed if you find a genuine 50,000ml car at 14yrs old.... most we see seem to be nearer 100,000mls which isn't an issue for me.

Our short list is Fiesta, Punto, Fabia, Corsa. I like the Fabia the best as they often seem to have been in the hands of family or elderly owners whereas a shiny Corsa has often spent many an evening handbrake turning in Halfords car park.

+ 1 for Fabia, A VW Polo or Seat Ibiza in different body
__________________
TUFTY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06 June 2014, 08:31   #10
Member
 
beerbelly's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: teesside
Make: valiant v570
Length: 5m +
Engine: mercury 100
MMSI: 232012453
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 858
iv just bought a fabia last night me and mrs beerbelly have both got an old convertible for summer use she has a 2.8 z3 and iv a slk230 but neither are much use for work where I have a td4 freelander and she now has a 1.9tdi fabia estate 1900 years tax and test 2002 with 97k miles and the big bonus 70mpg on a run and its the best sub 2k car I can remember buying one little old lady owner from new it drives like new has loads of usefull room in it and have I said 70mpg on a run 70mpg 70mpg 70mpg hehehe
__________________

__________________
beerbelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:19.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.