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Old 15 August 2007, 06:57   #11
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I still have a Rover 420TD - it's done 175,000 miles now and is still nice to drive - it's Rover's own engine and much better than the old 1.8. It's intercooled and produces 105bhp - does 48mpg no matter how you drive it. Been on the drive for 2 years - started first turn of the key. We used to have 5 of them and never a days trouble!!!
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Old 15 August 2007, 08:25   #12
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Having had a girlfriend on the Island and visited every year for Cowes offshore races I feel qualified to comment - I would go for a Smart car - get the sportier convertible one - small, cheap to run and lots of fun!
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I still have a Rover 420TD - it's done 175,000 miles now and is still nice to drive - it's Rover's own engine and much better than the old 1.8. It's intercooled and produces 105bhp - does 48mpg no matter how you drive it. Been on the drive for 2 years - started first turn of the key. We used to have 5 of them and never a days trouble!!!
Rover's own engine and it hasn't dropped the valve seats yet?!

Mine's a pug 306TDi engine I believe. Also intercooled, but really nice and easy to work on once to take the cooler pipes off.
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Hi Niamh

We've got a Landy as our 'sensible towing boat' car and a golf tdi as our 2nd car which is fab - goes like sxxt off a stick when you want it to and yet will do 55 mpg if you are more light footed. Have no doubt you could pick up a 2 year old one for about that budget. Feels as solid as rock when you're driving it and most certainly doesn't feel like a small car.

Hope to see you down at SDS next Sunday for the Hog Roast??

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As someone else with a Golf 2.0Tdi 140 I can say it is a fantastic car in all respects. Very fast, handles great and you'll get 48mpg if you drive like a teenager and 55mpg if you want it.
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Old 15 August 2007, 16:29   #17
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Rover's own engine and it hasn't dropped the valve seats yet?!

Mine's a pug 306TDi engine I believe. Also intercooled, but really nice and easy to work on once to take the cooler pipes off.
I wasn't aware the L series had such problems. All ours did very high mileage - also no cam belt change until 90,000 - mine is on 175,000 without a cam belt change - don't think it's worth spending the money on the car now - just not worth it. Makes a handy backup though!!!
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I wasn't aware the L series had such problems. All ours did very high mileage - also no cam belt change until 90,000 - mine is on 175,000 without a cam belt change - don't think it's worth spending the money on the car now - just not worth it. Makes a handy backup though!!!

so not only are all your cars more reliable, faster, more powerful, dont need new brakes, tyres last forever, quieter and more economical, they are so good they dont even need cambelt changes!!!!

next you will be telling us they dont even need oil changes as its as clean as the day it was put in!

i would have guessed that it is worth changing the cambelt asap as a broken cambelt could kill the engine and the scrap the car, then it is no good as a spare.......tell me i am wrong

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Cheers for all the replies everyone - sorry have been slow to respond - but there has been a good reason....

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Hmm... am a little closer to this since sunset last night ... as boyfriend upgraded me from "Girlfriend of 7 years" to "Fiancee". May need to delete my previous comments about him being on the sensible/conservative side, given the size of the diamond!!

Golf Tdi sounds good (this is what I have been angling towards... ) so thank you Cleone (yes, will def be at the HogRoast on Sun!!) and Simmons0!

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Involves working with children/teenagers with physical disabilities, developmental delay or Autism/Aspergers/ADHD in their homes/schools - which brings me to another issue ... forgot to mention that I also need to carry quite a lot of therapy kit around with me in the car ... so that rules out all Elise/Smart car/2 wheel options unfortunately.

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What are the constraints regarding car age/engine size/ mileage paid/ servicing etc? I suspect that'll be more of a constraint than what you want to drive.
Would ideally prefer car to be as new as possible, with lowest possible miles on the clock - but reliability will be the most important factor - can't be doing with anything tempramental or that needs lots of tlc to keep running. Re: engine size - guess will need to keep it under 2 litre, otherwise am venturing into Navara 2.5l - and we have that already.

BMW 1 series? Any use? (... ok, may be a little outside budget...)

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