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Best car for motorway commute?

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1y, 6m agoPosted 1 year, 6 months ago
Hi everyone,

so in a couple of months i'll be starting a new job which will require a commute either to Birmingham(120ish miles per day) or Nottingham(75ish miles per day). I won't have much money to play with, maybe up to 3k if I save some wages first by commuting. But I want a car as the commute is fairly long and trains, well they're a pain, aswell as the car being potentially cheaper in the long run.

So the drive will be 99% motorway and was wondering, under 3k(but as cheap as possible) what would the best car be for MPG and comfort for such driving?

Cheers everyone!

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1y, 6m agoPosted 1 year, 6 months ago
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lukeybuilder
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles
how are vdubs cheap to fix? are you insane?


Sorry but an aygo on motorways for 120 miles per day, think your reply to that is like.. Pot...kettle :)

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#1
A budget car built for pounding the motorways either a vectra diesel or a mondeo diesel both a lot of car for your money
#2
Cheers, I'll check out insurance quotes and costs etc:)
#3
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles
#4
Thanks Declann I'll check it out:)
#5
grab a 1.4/1.5 206 or fiesta diesel, mpg 65+++

206 is probably the cheapest car/best for mileage out there. You should be able to get one for under £1.5k with decent mileage

(I was driving one til last year when it got written off!)
#6
mazda 6. nice cars designed for mileage lots of reps use them now and comes all sining all dancing. loads of toys too plus very reliable, thing is it will prob take your whole budget to get a decent one. ive got a 54 plate mondeo 2 litre tdci great car for motorways too. cruised down to gatwick from birmingham couple of weeks back fully loaded and it didnt skip a beat at 120k miles on clock. cost me 1,600 2 years ago. whichever car u choose be picky and find a nice well looked after and maintained example ask friends and family if they are selling or know some1 they can trust is selling. just think a decent drive like that your car is gonna be your office youve gotta be comfortable its gotta be reliable and most of all cost effective
#7
dreamt12
mazda 6. nice cars designed for mileage lots of reps use them now and comes all sining all dancing. loads of toys too plus very reliable, thing is it will prob take your whole budget to get a decent one. ive got a 54 plate mondeo 2 litre tdci great car for motorways too. cruised down to gatwick from birmingham couple of weeks back fully loaded and it didnt skip a beat at 120k miles on clock. cost me 1,600 2 years ago. whichever car u choose be picky and find a nice well looked after and maintained example ask friends and family if they are selling or know some1 they can trust is selling. just think a decent drive like that your car is gonna be your office youve gotta be comfortable its gotta be reliable and most of all cost effective

excellent advice, take note.
#8
I got a 2003 golf tdi and a 2006 peugeot 307 estate. The golf feels sturdier and is nipper but 60mpg is a bit optimistic whereas the peugeot averages that and returns 70mpg when plodding in a much roomier car
#9
diesel cars will be best for long distance driving as their engines will last longer for heavy mileage and the fuel is cheaper than petrol although the tax on diesel is a lot higher than when I last had a diesel car.
#10
Mondeo u will get a a 4 or 5 year old car for about that bugdet with about 100k on the clock witch is nothing for a diesel and being an owner i can vouch for them being excellent motorway cars and they are well equipped too.
#11
Only thing you should look for what ever you decide on is ......service history..........it is important that diesels are serviced regularly and if they are they usually go on forever..
#12
Money is obviously an issue, bigger cars like a mondeo and Mazda etc will cost more to run, tyres will be more expensive etc. on the other hand don't go to small in engine size.might be cheaper just to move?
#13
Lease instead?
#14
Skoda Octavia or Fabia diesel? Remember a high mileage diesel engine might have plenty of life left in it but support components may be on their last legs.

Check here for reliability data on your potential purchase;

http://www.reliabilityindex.com/reliability/search/317

A smaller simpler diesel car with lower mileage and known good reliability is better than a high mileage older larger diesel car with more frequent repairs and expensive parts.
#15
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles

I wouldn't take car advice from someone who can't spell 'motor'.

That said, golf diesel's are mile munchers.
#16
The best car I had for long distance runs was the Vectra . It was the 2.0DI estate . Superb effortless journeys with over 52mpg.
#17
Interested in seeing answers to this. I currently do 120miles per day on the motorway with my Ford Fusion - a good car, fill it up twice a week. My problem is that in high winds (which are quite frequent on the A90!) the car feels unstable. My next car will probably be a heavier/bigger one to help with that, unless I read otherwise on this thread!
#18
primera 2.2 dci,done 150 miles daily for 4 years,tires,pads,oil change and a chain tensioner,engine died on motorway at 260k miles,hard to find one alive...
#19
Try and avoid ones that have DPF's, I've got a 1.9 Tdi Galaxy ( VW PD Engine ) 6 Speed and get a return of 50mpg on motorway so I'd imagine a Golf or Passat 1.9 Tdi PD engined car will get closer to 60 - 70 mpg. Other PD engined cars like Skoda Octavia, Seats etc shouldn't give you any major engine problems. PD engines are bullet proof and not once has mine broke down.
banned#20
If I was in your situation I know what I'd consider.

Toyota aygo.

One of the most reliable cars money can buy

for 3 grand you will get a decent example

peanuts to tax

real world 60 mpg from petrol engine

cheap insurance

surprisingly comfy. seats are excellent.

only drawback is road noise.

For your budget and amount of miles keep it realistic and simple.
banned#21
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles


how are vdubs cheap to fix? are you insane?
#22
lukeybuilder
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles
how are vdubs cheap to fix? are you insane?


Sorry but an aygo on motorways for 120 miles per day, think your reply to that is like.. Pot...kettle :)
banned#23
eslick
lukeybuilder
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles
how are vdubs cheap to fix? are you insane?


Sorry but an aygo on motorways for 120 miles per day, think your reply to that is like.. Pot...kettle :)


have you driven one? I'd rather have an aygo than a clapped out golf or focus.

op only has 3k max. This is not a thread about luxury motoring.
banned#24
lukeybuilder
eslick
lukeybuilder
declannn
vw golf mk4 tdi. after 2002 cheap . reliable . cheap to fix 60+ mpg on moter way 120 tax a year last over 200k miles
how are vdubs cheap to fix? are you insane?
Sorry but an aygo on motorways for 120 miles per day, think your reply to that is like.. Pot...kettle :)
have you driven one? I'd rather have an aygo than a clapped out golf or focus.
op only has 3k max. This is not a thread about luxury motoring.


120 miles per day in such a small engine car is madness, Op get yourself with a mate who knows about cars to an auction, pick up a car with a big engine and if comfortable. a VW Jetta is a perfect example to look for, one that isn't the fashionable model of a brand and makes a great motorway cruiser,
#25
Aygo too small for motorway driving I would of thought. It's designed around being a city car and nipping in and out of traffic with easy parking. It's not designed for high mileage. For motorway driving I think astra/golf is the minimum size but you don't need to go above that if economy is important. Diesel is definitely the right engine choice too for that sort of commute. You might be able to get 70mpg+ on a run like that with the right car.
banned#26
priorities for op are getting to work and not calling rac.

aygos do fine on motorways. plus engine and running gear go on forever.

I agree it's not the most relaxed cruiser. but it will get you there.

A clapped out astra or golf Is going to end up being hassle and interrupting work.

op might only be doing 38 miles to work and 38 miles back. that's just over a gallon of fuel in an aygo :)

plus the 100 pounds minimum saved in road tax will pay for annual service.

Edited By: MikeT on May 24, 2015 11:27: mod edit remember the code of conduct
#27
Cheers everyone.

Put in car details on all of the suggested cars, problem is insurance. First car and neither of my parents drive unfortunately. The Aygo is the cheapest, thats the 1.4 model, 2006. That's £1,200 for the year. A Mondeo is around £1,800, the 2007 Edge model. Although the Mondeo is considerably cheaper by around £800.

The cars overall will cost roughly the same. But what about servicing costs, etc? Anyone have any experiences of these two cars? Cheers for all your help, first car etc!
#28
Plus just worked out overall, including fuel and insurance, the Mondeo will cost me just over half a weeks wages per month assuming it runs on 50MPG.
banned#29
jamessscarroll
Cheers everyone.

Put in car details on all of the suggested cars, problem is insurance. First car and neither of my parents drive unfortunately. The Aygo is the cheapest, thats the 1.4 model, 2006. That's £1,200 for the year. A Mondeo is around £1,800, the 2007 Edge model. Although the Mondeo is considerably cheaper by around £800.

The cars overall will cost roughly the same. But what about servicing costs, etc? Anyone have any experiences of these two cars? Cheers for all your help, first car etc!


go for a petrol aygo 1.0. servicing is around 100 pounds or 150 pounds for a major service.

aygos make great first cars. only 30 pounds tax a year too.
banned#30
for 3k you should be able to get a 2008 model with 40k on the clock.
#31
Buy a camel
banned#32
officially James the extra urban mpg is around 75mpg. I've had close to 70 on the motorway cruising at 65 70.

so that's 20 mpg better than the Ford.
#33
Aygo with a good sound system installed to iron out the road noise.!!!.

Or a diesel.
#34
Would the Mondeo Diesel be the best option then?
#35
Totally indecisive between the two.
#36
The mondeo does 62 mpg extra urban. Hate deciding haha, I assume though the Aygo would be the better first car. Smaller, useful around town too as I live in Lincoln so is quite a small city.
banned#37
jamessscarroll
Totally indecisive between the two.


drive both. but the ago will prove cheaper to tax insure service repair and be better on juice.

The mondeo will be more refined faster and more spacious.

considering your budget I'd lean towards aygo. The amount of money you could save is pretty huge. plus you can get an aygo with 40 k on the clock. mondeo will have 100 k.
banned#38
jamessscarroll
The mondeo does 62 mpg extra urban. Hate deciding haha, I assume though the Aygo would be the better first car. Smaller, useful around town too as I live in Lincoln so is quite a small city.


drive both.
#39
Ford not that economical, have you thought Audi A3? I had one previously got over 53mpg average. Easily getting 55 on the 120mile commute i do. Got an a5 and only getting 47
banned#40
jc lad gets quoted 1200 quid for insurance on an aygo and you think an audi a3 is a good idea?

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