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Satch

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Right, Friend of my wife has just come to the end of a messy, messy divorce.

House is sold and she has moved into new gaff. Soon to be ex-hubby gets the car (he is welcome to it IMO) so she needs a new motor PDQ.

Looking to pick up something new, pre registered or nearly new and thinking of things from around Ford Focus size, maybe something like Honda Jazz. Needs to be reliable, reasonable insurance & running costs, will not do big miles but periodic long distance runs.

Since we are told the car market is in turmoil, expected to find some real bargins. But not many are evident!

Anybody know of any really decent offers on at the moment?
 
We picked up a pre-reg. Jazz a few years back - fantastic car. There's also a new Jazz (either just out, or about to hit the showrooms) ... so I imagine there'd be some pretty good deals around on the outgoing model.
 
have to agree with Blondebier, the Cee`d does look like a sensible bet,

the car market is in termoil as everybody tried to downsize to save money, so great big cars have seen the biggest drop,
 
Kia's 7 year/100000 mile warrenty looks interesting.
 
As an aside I'm not sure that diesel makes sense for a small/medium hatchback nowadays.

The petrol ones are pretty economical (our '03 Jazz was the 1.4, and used to average 50 mpg across a tankful), and diesel fuel being more expensive has further eroded the benefit.
 
The "1.6 CRDi S" will do 62.8 mpg on a combined cycle and spews out fragrant potpourri so the road tax is £35 per year.

The best petrol they have on offer will do 46 mpg combined and the tax is £120. The diesel looks like it's a winner.
 
The petrol ones are pretty economical (our '03 Jazz was the 1.4, and used to average 50 mpg across a tankful)

My Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec used to return awesome MPG.. One trip up to Birmingham, M5 @ 55mph constant was returning around 60mpg!
 
I agree that small diesels make less sense now unless you do big miles. Also you end up with more bits to go wrong (especially on the new and hideously complex VW small engines) so think that a normally aspirated petrol would be better for her.

Kia looks a possible
 
My Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec used to return awesome MPG.. One trip up to Birmingham, M5 @ 55mph constant was returning around 60mpg!

I don`t doubt that, I took a 1.8 zetec in an Escort Saloon (sorry I was young) to kent and back at a steady 60 as a mate said bet you cant go there and back on £20 (I was living in kingston at the time,) did the calc, came back as 50mpg, did it twice more and went to check the fuel price, I couldnt believe it, we came back with 4 wheels and tyres too, I was amazed, as Clarkson proved with the M3 V Prius race, its not always what you have but how you drive it, girlie used to get 31MPG out of my E55 AMG,
 
I was amazed, as Clarkson proved with the M3 V Prius race, its not always what you have but how you drive it, girlie used to get 31MPG out of my E55 AMG,

clarkson also did an economy run in an audi remember? London to Edinburgh and back on one tank of diesel in Audi A8 4.0 TDi.

800+ miles on a single tank with a 4l V8 doing the drinking ain't too bad. it's all down to how you drive.
 
yes I had forgotton, that was good, that was back when top gear had motoring tips,

there are few better feelings that knowing your running low on fuel and I mean display reading 0 miles for miles and making it to the garage without coughing at the side of the road,
 
New Mazda 2 TS2 1.3 Petrol ---smart little car that will never go wrong----bigger Ford Focus 1.6 diesel
 
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SL500 :devil:

Well, she is starting a new life! :bannana:
 
i had a toyota corolla for the wife done 106.000 mls in 6years faults none only standard service costs not even a exhaust box and when i sold it private it sold first day now have a civic she loves it & they dont have the poor image like kia ect
 
What about a Ford Focus 1.6TDCi. My pal has one, lovely smooth engine, lots of space, nice to drive + cheap to run.

Or maybe a Skoda Octavia. Plenty of nice diesels etc.
 

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