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Charliecloud

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AMG E63 S212
Having been screwed over by a back street car dealer my son was left without a car. Dad to the rescue then :)
Budget £5k and low Insurance group and cheap to run
Discounted about 5 or 6 cars, all at car dealers and with little or no service history. Used the usual on line places, Autotrader, Gumtree, Ebay.
After 6 weeks, son, wife, dog all feed up with me being too fussy!
Some how I stumbled onto a comparison of city cars and saw a car I had never heard of - Vauxhall Adam . They come in JAM,GLAM and SLAM trim levels and highly customable when ordered new. They were available from 2013 - 2018 . Lots of tech, cheap insurance and low running costs. The first one I went to see that was a 1 owner car, owner had ordered it from new, good spec...............but no service history at all in its 10years and 65k :( - More grief from family!

Then, despite my best Instincts I looked on Face Bay! There in a sea of cars I saw an early car with only 29k, full history, original owner and only 20 miles from home. Google maps showed the car sitting on the drive in 2018, nice road and nice area. I messaged the seller and waited! Two days later I got a return message with a phone number. It was the owners son in law, that weekend I got to see it, meet the lady owner in her late 60s and test drive the car. Car had full (yearly) service from main dealer and recent battery and tyres. Deal was struck at £50 under budget and I picked it up the following morning. Drove it over to sons flat and parked it outside, rang him and said want to come and look for a car ! The look on his face as he came out and saw it sitting gleaming in the sun was priceless. His is the 1.4 ltr engine, does 55mpg. Has the uprated infotainment system, tints, bluetooth, hill assist and electric mirrors. Only real downside apart from boot space is low top gear which makes it buzzy on motorways.white adam.jpeg99.jpeg88.jpeg
 
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Excellent motor, they look the part, and 1.4 should Bob along nicely, good choice. 🙂👍
 
Good looking little car.
I've got one of these on the top of a short list for my Daughter.

Please let us (me) know how he gets on with it.

Us Dads are getting softer, this is a whole lot better than my first (cr*p) car, which most of us had to buy ourselves.
 
Good looking little car.
I've got one of these on the top of a short list for my Daughter.

Please let us (me) know how he gets on with it.

Us Dads are getting softer, this is a whole lot better than my first (cr*p) car, which most of us had to buy ourselves.
Yeah my 1st car was rubbish that I bought myself.

I am the same i put money away each month to save for my sons 1st car. He is only 3 🤣
 
Tidy small car built in Germany---well finished -never really caught on in the UK for some reason-possibly overshadowed by the "Vauxhall " Viva whose running gear /floorpan it was based on?
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Tidy small car built in Germany---well finished -never really caught on in the UK for some reason-possibly overshadowed by the "Vauxhall " Viva whose running gear /floorpan it was based on?
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SHOULD HAVE SAID CORSA NOT VIVA! :doh: IIRC they were quite pricy in comparison to their rivals at the time.

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Having been screwed over by a back street car dealer my son was left without a car. Dad to the rescue then :)
Budget £5k and low Insurance group and cheap to run
Discounted about 5 or 6 cars, all at car dealers and with little or no service history. Used the usual on line places, Autotrader, Gumtree, Ebay.
After 6 weeks, son, wife, dog all feed up with me being too fussy!
Some how I stumbled onto a comparison of city cars and saw a car I had never heard of - Vauxhall Adam . They come in JAM,GLAM and SLAM trim levels and highly customable when ordered new. They were available from 2013 - 2018 . Lots of tech, cheap insurance and low running costs. The first one I went to see that was a 1 owner car, owner had ordered it from new, good spec...............but no service history at all in its 10years and 65k :( - More grief from family!

Then, despite my best Instincts I looked on Face Bay! There in a sea of cars I saw an early car with only 29k, full history, original owner and only 20 miles from home. Google maps showed the car sitting on the drive in 2018, nice road and nice area. I messaged the seller and waited! Two days later I got a return message with a phone number. It was the owners son in law, that weekend I got to see it, meet the lady owner in her late 60s and test drive the car. Car had full (yearly) service from main dealer and recent battery and tyres. Deal was struck at £50 under budget and I picked it up the following morning. Drove it over to sons flat and parked it outside, rang him and said want to come and look for a car ! The look on his face as he came out and saw it sitting gleaming in the sun was priceless. His is the 1.4 ltr engine, does 55mpg. Has the uprated infotainment system, tints, bluetooth, hill assist and electric mirrors. Only real downside apart from boot space is low top gear which makes it buzzy on motorways.View attachment 136048View attachment 136049View attachment 136050
Nice car 👌🏻
 
Good looking little car.
I've got one of these on the top of a short list for my Daughter.

Please let us (me) know how he gets on with it.

Us Dads are getting softer, this is a whole lot better than my first (cr*p) car, which most of us had to buy ourselves.
Coming up to 3 months and 2.5 thousand miles and nothing to report :) Starts on the button, easy to drive, easy to park and enough tech to keep him and girlfriend happy.
Only had to remind them once that carrying around a load of rubbish and clothes in the car is a no no 🤨
 
Good to hear.
Thanks for revisiting the thread. They are still at the top of my short list.
 
In the end my Daughter opted for Adams bigger brother, a Corsa (E). The Corsa was a better deal over any Adam on the market as she got it from her boyfriends dad who is in the trade.

I think the Adam looks better (read cuter) for her, but she’s happy, the wife is happy and my bank balance is even happier. Win, win, win.
 
Ideal first car.

Just remind him that it turns and brakes differently when there's a quarter of a tonne in it. (4 people: 250kgs)
 
For your info, there are two corsa E's I've recently worked on, both having misfires. Problem was the single coil pack but there's a repair kit that can be bought for approx £10 to fix rather than buying a new coil pack.
 
It's been 6 months and 7k miles so what gone wrong 😁
Well just one thing, the plastic clip that connects the reverse gear selector lift lever broke, happened whilst his girlfriend was driving it and needed a push from family to get it out of a parked position. Looking on line, showed this is a common fault. It was an easy temp fix with 3 small cable ties and then a new ( 2nd hand lever from ebay) The replacement section is nylon or similar rather than brittle plastic.
Service and MOT next month and checking the car over, it should pass just fine.
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Only had to remind them once that carrying around a load of rubbish and clothes in the car is a no no 🤨
A 25 year old friend found that out to her cost last month when her car was broken into simply because she had left a jacket in the back.

Nothing in the jacket, so it wasn't taken. But the car ownership documents were taken from the glovebox, together with a set of keys.....

Dang, dang, dang...

Classic first driver mistake.

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Nothing in the jacket, so it wasn't taken. But the car ownership documents were taken from the glovebox, together with a set of keys.....
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Many moons ago I had a Ford Escort TS Turbo and I was forever getting stopped by the police and then then having to attend the local police station to produce my documents.

Buddy of mine told me it’s probably easier to keep the in my glovebox.

The car got pinched and the scrote found the documents and took the car straight to a back street dealer and flogged the car to him.

Without going into too much detail what followed was a very long and drawn out legal process to get the car back from the dealer.
 

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