4 to 5k to spend on an estate car?

Discussion in 'transport' started by UnderAnOpenSky, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I know I've done a fair few threads about buying a new car over the years and not followed through but my Berlingo is dying and I've just been approved for a personal loan.

    I need a new motor. It needs to carry lots of stuff and be comfortable to drive on motorways and A roads. I've been interested in 4x4s as I live in the Peak, but I need something as new/low mileage as I can afford with sensible MPG (diesel) and wont make me bleed when it breaks down. Also a 0 to 60 in sub 10 seconds would make me happy as I got stuck behind 2 lorries today after missing my overtaking window.

    Been looking at Ford Mondeos and Mazda 6s and possibly an Insignia. Anything else worth looking at?
     
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  2. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    Skoda. Very good value for money. Those who've bought them since they were bought by VW speak well of them. Even Jeremy Clarkson described one as the perfect car. (The boxy one the model name of which I can't remember.)
     
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  3. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Not sure if they'd fit into your budget, but maybe a Volvo Cross Country (XC70 IIRC) would be a decent compromise?
     
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  4. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Seagulls are cunts

    Audi A4
     
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  5. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Baroudeur...

    One of the lads at work bought a Chrysler Cruze estate for about £6k, It is just another variant of the Vauxhall Astra estate, there are no Chrysler dealers in the UK anymore but as they are general motors the parts are obtainable. 1.7 diesel, he is impressed with it so far.

    Edit: it's not Chrysler it's Chevrolet and I was not thinking.
     
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  6. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    There's not really a massive choice in this segment. The Mondeo and Skoda Octavia are usually the critics choices, but also consider Alfa 159 Sportwagon 2.4 for a bit more style and poke, and obviously Volvo V70.
     
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  7. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Estate cars often have a bit of mileage on them too as they get used as workhorses, so look for condition and service history rather than low mileage.
     
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  8. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I'd go V70 over the XC. I think it's much nicer and more sensible.
     
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  9. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Well the V70 is the easy option, isn't it. The Octavia's are well equipped too though and as with most Skoda's would sell for MUCH more money if they had VW badges on them. Good value motors.
     
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  10. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    The Alfa has to be the best looking estate car on the road today. The 2.4JTDM has almost sports car performance too. Not 4wd though. [​IMG]
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  11. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    If I needed an estate car I'd either get the Skoda, assuming being sensible was important, or the Alfa, because it's an Alfa, and IMO the most beautiful estate car I've ever seen.

    Although it's out of our budget, I rather like this too:
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  12. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!

    Beg to differ:


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    Might have to haggle hard to get it on budget tho
     
  13. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Yep. Heart says Alfa, brain says Skoda.
     
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  14. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    They look like Darth Vader. And as we have long established, only wankers drive Audis.

    Tasty though.
     
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  15. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    It's not any where near as pretty as the Alfa, although it is nice in its own right.

    eta It's like the difference between a ballet dancer, and a body builder.
     
  16. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Liked purely for the wankers bit. The car looks well shit, like something only a massive wanker would want to be seen in.
     
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  17. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Aye. The Alfa has been sculpted and caressed into being by Italian craftsmen (those wing mirrors are things of beauty - how they continue the V shape of the bonnet line) while the Audi had been hewn from granite by a German brickie.
     
  18. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Needs a new front badge though, so probably a write-off ;)
     
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  19. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!


    Really don't see the prettyness in that Alfa, may others yes, but not that one.

    Bodybuilder/ballet dancer, here's a fella I know, is he the Alfa or Audi?

    [​IMG]
     
  20. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Lots of interesting suggestions. There is a mechanic I use who I try to buy my cars of as he does me a stonking guarantee, so I'll give him a list of different cars to increase my chances of getting a good example in the budget.

    The Alfa is certainly pretty (for an estate car). Is it true they are expensive to fix and not very reliable?

    Things like Audis are a bit more expensive (as well as being driven by wankers)
     
  21. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    A diesel 159 should be average. The biggest problem is it doesn't share much with other cars and wasn't enormously popular in its own right, which tends to make parts expensive. It does share a few bits with some GM cars like the Vectra if I remember rightly.

    If you live in the right bit of the UK and have a local Alfa specialist independent garage, of which there are plenty, things get quite a bit more rosy. There's one in Hope.
     
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  22. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    Dunno, but I saw Mrs Strasse letting him in to your gaff just after you left for work the other day.
     
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  23. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

  24. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    They're as reliable as most and better than many if you look after them. I've had 2 Alfa's (I think Mauvais still drives one) with no problems. If you have a decent mechanic who you trust (mine has looked after all my cars for over 20 years) you'll be fine. You don't want to be going to dealerships to service them because they're expensive, conning cunts.
     
  25. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I understand what you are saying about the Alfa, it isn't as pretty as some. As a car it's very pretty, but it's an estate car, and compared to almost all others it is certainly beautiful.

    The man in the pic could easily be both, or either. He's certainly a good looking man. This is the thing about the Alfa. It is practical and good looking, it's a car that is both a workhorse and attractive.
     
  26. Spymaster

    Spymaster Trigger

    ...preferably into a canal.
     
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  27. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Free the Sepsis Six!


    The last acceptable refuge of bigotry. (((Auditwats)))
     
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  28. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I'm thinking that in the summer, instead of driving back to the UK I'll fly and buy a banger like this, run it for a couple of months that I'm there, then just give it away. It would be easier and cheaper than driving all the way there and back.
     
  29. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    There's a lot of Merc and BMW estates in the price range.
     
  30. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Yup. A 10 year old 156 now on 121,000 miles, still going fine. May or may not be a good example of Trigger's broom.

    Very rarely lets me down, and never anything much major. Spent a lot of money pre-emptively keeping it that way but probably much more than I needed to.
     
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