Bar room discussion, Coupes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by flango, Mar 12, 2015.

Whats the best coupe for < £5k

Poll closed Mar 26, 2015.
  1. BMW 3 Series (2004)

    6 vote(s)
    17.6%
  2. Audi TT (2004)

    6 vote(s)
    17.6%
  3. MB CLK (2004)

    16 vote(s)
    47.1%
  4. Peugeot 407 (2008)

    2 vote(s)
    5.9%
  5. Toyota Celica (2007 -2008)

    4 vote(s)
    11.8%
  1. flango

    flango MB Club Veteran

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    OK the pub discussion from last night. One of the guys is buying a coupe, budget is £4k - £5k so what would be the most reliable for his money. He has looked at the usual German marques BMW 3 series, MB CLK, Audi TT for these and his budget he is looking at a 2004 model year at best. Then someone threw in the curved ball of the Peugeot 407 coupe apparently £3k-£4k buys you a 2008 model and the same money can also put you in the last of the Toyota Celica's also 2008.

    Brief is

    Budget: £4k -£5k
    Annual Mileage: 10k
    Fuel: Petrol

    So what would you buy and why anyone ever run any of these?

    TIA
     
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    I'd imagine the most reliable for his money is the Celica. As for the 407...life is too short.
     
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    /\ Wot he said

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    No mention of the Volvo C30? Or the Hyundai Coupe? Or the C-Class Sports Coupe?
     
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    Why buy young? A good CE is a nice looking thing of quality.
     
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    flango

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    C30 although a fantastic car and we loved ours is really a 3 door hatch.

    C Class Coupe and CLC known for horrendous reliability, hence its nickname

    CLC = Complete Loda Carp (apologies to owners)


    Hyundai Coupe, now there's another curved ball
     
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    The only thing you can say about the Hyundai is it's reliable, well appointed too from what I recall. The Celica would it eat for breakfast when it comes to handling and overall enjoyment, even the 140bhp version was a cracking drive.
     
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    Toyota Celica--- mechanically reliable but practically only a 2 seater and you don't really see many about for some reason??
     
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    Celica every time! I had a 2002 140hp which was a hoot! Held the road like on rails and was plenty quick enough for "normal" driving and pretty exciting when revved hard! Mine had 93,000 miles and never gave a moments trouble. Lovely little car, and, carried two mountain bikes in the boot! What's not to like! :)
     

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    Volvo c70 t5 ;)
     
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    That was my first thought too, those cars were bombproof but I think they only went to 2001 or maybe 2002 and he thought that was too old.
     
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    Nooo go way later that that with the 2521 T5 Engine

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    I couldn't imagine owning a coupe and it not being rear wheel drive, so I'd go with the CLK or the BMW.
     
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    Ah thats a convertible coupe, not a straight forward coupe, good call though I'd completely forgot about that one. Only issue is its built on the S40 platform so the driving dynamics are a bit compromised for a big car and with a T5 lump in the engine out performs the chassis without a bit of suspension work
     
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    Italian coupe shouldnt be dismissed!

    :thumb:
    Brera GT V6. Something different. Ok not the most reliable but the best looking by far. Plus they sound amazing, even better with certain aftermarket Italian exhaust.


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    Funny you should mention that we did chat about the Alfa Brera and the GT both great coupes, but there is a perception they are brutally unreliable but is this true or an urban myth. Not in the same league I know but a mate of mine ran an Alfa 156 for 150k with no issues then ran a 159 to 120k again with no issues

    Anyone any direct experience of the Alfa Brera or GT?
     
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    No experience here, but a friend has had a Brera for years with lots of use but no issues other than maintenance.
     
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    I went for the Audi TT. Nice looking, quirky and a future classic. 5k buys a really nice coupé but I would take the convertible.
     

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