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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
I know nothing about cars and now I am in a situation where I need to purchase a family car soon. Looking to spend no more then £7500. I do 7000 miles a year mostly in and around the town. Missus wants a good looking family car which I think doesn't exists. Happy to be proven wrong.

I would be a chuffed man if it gives b/w 40-50mpg and wouldn't cause a fortune to maintain.

Any suggestions from fellow members of mighty hotukdeals?

requirements:
5 seats or more (would need to put two car seats)
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
are you looking for a 6 seater? a jeep, 4x4, estate etc
#2
dacia sandereo?
#3
Honda Jazz!
#4
a diesel mondeo is a wise choice, good economical engines, lots of space and low cost to maintain. The estate versions are great looking too.
#5
Toyota Prius. Great fuel economy and £14 per annum emissions tax.
#6
tonymcg
dacia sandereo?
Or the logan, sister has one and loves it, small engine but it's a turbo and its surprisingly powerful and very spacious especially in the boot

You could probably pick one up second hand now as well so even cheaper!!
#7
With those requirements I don't think you can go wrong with a mondeo. Plenty of cheap parts and a very highly rated car. Estates tend to cost more and and are harder to find, so unless you specifically want the extra space, I'd stick to the saloon. It's a hatchback so has good access.
#8
I get 25% of fiat but it used with any other discount
#9
bbgun24
tonymcg
dacia sandereo?
Or the logan, sister has one and loves it, small engine but it's a turbo and its surprisingly powerful and very spacious especially in the boot

You could probably pick one up second hand now as well so even cheaper!!

been advised to stay away from French cars primarily because of high maintenance cost
#10
whitebag
bbgun24
tonymcg
dacia sandereo?

Or the logan, sister has one and loves it, small engine but it's a turbo and its surprisingly powerful and very spacious especially in the boot

You could probably pick one up second hand now as well so even cheaper!!


been advised to stay away from French cars primarily because of high maintenance cost



Dacia is a Romanian company.

(albeit it is owned by Renault ).
#11
whitebag
bbgun24
tonymcg
dacia sandereo?
Or the logan, sister has one and loves it, small engine but it's a turbo and its surprisingly powerful and very spacious especially in the boot

You could probably pick one up second hand now as well so even cheaper!!

been advised to stay away from French cars primarily because of high maintenance cost

Not necessarily. I have a Megane coupe which has been fantastic. More reliable,cheaper to run and maintain than my husbands Focus.

The 2nd one I have had and only got a new one as my last one was too old.

Some of course will disagree,the 'I hate French cars brigade' will soon chip in however its down to personal choice I suppose.
What suits one will not suit another :)

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Jul 15, 2014 11:57
banned#12
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.
#13
If you want a reliable car, buy a Honda.
#14
Musician
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.

I'm sure we have spoken about this already? It rings a bell anyway :)

Re the windows,any independent renault specialist can repair that and its no way near £300
I had the cambelt done on my last one and again it was £400 and that included a full service! Water pumps should be changed at the same time anyway. Think you were well and truly ripped off there.

Look after your car and your car will look after you :)

Anyway as I've said each to their own and some people do have bad luck with Renaults though a lot if people won't. We had a ford once and it was a heap,I always vowed I wouldn't get another however husband got himself a focus,I hate it!
banned#15
takethatfan1978
Musician
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.

I'm sure we have spoken about this already? It rings a bell anyway :)

Re the windows,any independent renault specialist can repair that and its no way near £300
I had the cambelt done on my last one and again it was £400 and that included a full service! Water pumps should be changed at the same time anyway. Think you were well and truly ripped off there.

Look after your car and your car will look after you :)

Anyway as I've said each to their own and some people do have bad luck with Renaults though a lot if people won't. We had a ford once and it was a heap,I always vowed I wouldn't get another however husband got himself a focus,I hate it!

Yes I like to ward people off renault at every opportunity :) I'm glad you're happy with yours but once bitten twice shy.
RE: the windows they were fixed by renault and after months of complaining I got back 2/3rds of the cost back. The cam belt was also done by renault as was the dash. I understand you can get cam belts done etc for cheaper in non renault garages but I was "trying to look after it" by getting it done by the correct service centre. Yes they ripped me off, particularly wanted the dash done correctly. In Renaults defence they are great when they work, comfy etc. but personally put off for life. I like VW most and would love a top end golf one day to replace the current one. We also have a corsa because the warranty is good I also have a soft spot for vauxhall having had 2 cavalier sri's back in the day and I get a massive discount through unison. My Boy has had 2 fiestas of which little has gone wrong.
#16
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takethatfan1978
Musician
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.

I'm sure we have spoken about this already? It rings a bell anyway :)

Re the windows,any independent renault specialist can repair that and its no way near £300
I had the cambelt done on my last one and again it was £400 and that included a full service! Water pumps should be changed at the same time anyway. Think you were well and truly ripped off there.

Look after your car and your car will look after you :)

Anyway as I've said each to their own and some people do have bad luck with Renaults though a lot if people won't. We had a ford once and it was a heap,I always vowed I wouldn't get another however husband got himself a focus,I hate it!

Yes I like to ward people off renault at every opportunity :) I'm glad you're happy with yours but once bitten twice shy.
RE: the windows they were fixed by renault and after months of complaining I got back 2/3rds of the cost back. The cam belt was also done by renault as was the dash. I understand you can get cam belts done etc for cheaper in non renault garages but I was "trying to look after it" by getting it done by the correct service centre. Yes they ripped me off, particularly wanted the dash done correctly. In Renaults defence they are great when they work, comfy etc. but personally put off for life. I like VW most and would love a top end golf one day to replace the current one. We also have a corsa because the warranty is good I also have a soft spot for vauxhall having had 2 cavalier sri's back in the day and I get a massive discount through unison. My Boy has had 2 fiestas of which little has gone wrong.

I also look after my car but take mine to an independent Renault specialist,a lot cheaper and better service I have found. Its also great getting all the horror stories about main dealers :)

My oldest boy will be learning to drive in jan and I'm looking at cars already. I would rather he had a clio because we have the renault specialist friend however a new shape ford ka is cheapest to insure as is a pug 107. Will just need to see what is available at the time :) I never even considered a fiesta so may need to check it out :)
banned#17
takethatfan1978
Musician
takethatfan1978
Musician
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.

I'm sure we have spoken about this already? It rings a bell anyway :)

Re the windows,any independent renault specialist can repair that and its no way near £300
I had the cambelt done on my last one and again it was £400 and that included a full service! Water pumps should be changed at the same time anyway. Think you were well and truly ripped off there.

Look after your car and your car will look after you :)

Anyway as I've said each to their own and some people do have bad luck with Renaults though a lot if people won't. We had a ford once and it was a heap,I always vowed I wouldn't get another however husband got himself a focus,I hate it!

Yes I like to ward people off renault at every opportunity :) I'm glad you're happy with yours but once bitten twice shy.
RE: the windows they were fixed by renault and after months of complaining I got back 2/3rds of the cost back. The cam belt was also done by renault as was the dash. I understand you can get cam belts done etc for cheaper in non renault garages but I was "trying to look after it" by getting it done by the correct service centre. Yes they ripped me off, particularly wanted the dash done correctly. In Renaults defence they are great when they work, comfy etc. but personally put off for life. I like VW most and would love a top end golf one day to replace the current one. We also have a corsa because the warranty is good I also have a soft spot for vauxhall having had 2 cavalier sri's back in the day and I get a massive discount through unison. My Boy has had 2 fiestas of which little has gone wrong.

I also look after my car but take mine to an independent Renault specialist,a lot cheaper and better service I have found. Its also great getting all the horror stories about main dealers :)

My oldest boy will be learning to drive in jan and I'm looking at cars already. I would rather he had a clio because we have the renault specialist friend however a new shape ford ka is cheapest to insure as is a pug 107. Will just need to see what is available at the time :) I never even considered a fiesta so may need to check it out :)

I don't think there is a better car for a youngster than a fiesta. I'm not going to go into insurance, it makes me shudder the price they charge kids.
#18
Musician
takethatfan1978
Musician
takethatfan1978
Musician
I made the mistake of buying a renault megane scenic. Worst car I've ever had ; 3 window regulators broke and the windows fell in, at a cost of £300 a piece as it comes as a whole unit. Dashboard failed, another known fault on renaults, cost £650. Cam belt change cost a fortune because of poor design they have to take out the water pump etc to get to it which I got replaced at same time, cost around £750 again.
Got rid of it in the end because of the constant garage bills. Now we've got a golf and a corsa which give us little trouble and don't require a second mortgage to get fixed.
There's a reason people say avoid French cars; there's no smoke without fire.

I'm sure we have spoken about this already? It rings a bell anyway :)

Re the windows,any independent renault specialist can repair that and its no way near £300
I had the cambelt done on my last one and again it was £400 and that included a full service! Water pumps should be changed at the same time anyway. Think you were well and truly ripped off there.

Look after your car and your car will look after you :)

Anyway as I've said each to their own and some people do have bad luck with Renaults though a lot if people won't. We had a ford once and it was a heap,I always vowed I wouldn't get another however husband got himself a focus,I hate it!

Yes I like to ward people off renault at every opportunity :) I'm glad you're happy with yours but once bitten twice shy.
RE: the windows they were fixed by renault and after months of complaining I got back 2/3rds of the cost back. The cam belt was also done by renault as was the dash. I understand you can get cam belts done etc for cheaper in non renault garages but I was "trying to look after it" by getting it done by the correct service centre. Yes they ripped me off, particularly wanted the dash done correctly. In Renaults defence they are great when they work, comfy etc. but personally put off for life. I like VW most and would love a top end golf one day to replace the current one. We also have a corsa because the warranty is good I also have a soft spot for vauxhall having had 2 cavalier sri's back in the day and I get a massive discount through unison. My Boy has had 2 fiestas of which little has gone wrong.

I also look after my car but take mine to an independent Renault specialist,a lot cheaper and better service I have found. Its also great getting all the horror stories about main dealers :)

My oldest boy will be learning to drive in jan and I'm looking at cars already. I would rather he had a clio because we have the renault specialist friend however a new shape ford ka is cheapest to insure as is a pug 107. Will just need to see what is available at the time :) I never even considered a fiesta so may need to check it out :)

I don't think there is a better car for a youngster than a fiesta. I'm not going to go into insurance, it makes me shudder the price they charge kids.

Its very expensive,I done a few mock quotes and cheapest I could get fully comp with relatively low excess was £950,that was the ka or the 107. Very expensive but not too bad,we said we would sort his first year so it needs to be below 1k. We will put a certain amount towards a car and the rest is up to him :)

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Jul 15, 2014 13:37
#19
whitebag
bbgun24
tonymcg
dacia sandereo?
Or the logan, sister has one and loves it, small engine but it's a turbo and its surprisingly powerful and very spacious especially in the boot

You could probably pick one up second hand now as well so even cheaper!!

been advised to stay away from French cars primarily because of high maintenance cost

Each to their own but it'll be brand new for under £7k so not likely to go bang soon
#20
get a Honda frv 6 seater about 5k ish get a decent diesel one pretty nice cars tbh and you still have a boot check it out
#21
Vw golf. Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall saffira, (spelling). In order of preference. Always seen going! freinds and relatives cars have earned my trust which they own.
#22
Probably need to narrow the search a bit - are you after an MPV (Zafira style), SUV, or a Mondeo sized saloon/hatch?
The wife has a Zafira and it's a Marmite car - the wife loves it, I hate it - decent size but awful economy. The Nissan Note might fit your criteria or have a look at the Mazda 5.
If you want an SUV type, have look at the Hyundai ix35 - not sure if they are in you budget though.
If it's a saloon/hatch, I'm on my second Mazda 6 - should be able to get an old shape model in your price bracket - great cars, good reliability and economy. Other alternatives - Skoda Octavia would be worth a look, Hyundai i30 / i40 maybe.
#23
Ford focus or vw golf
#24
Skoda Octavia, second hand, but fairly new, perhaps?

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