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Best car for 5k?

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4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
Looking to buy a "new" used car.
What would you buy at the moment for about 5k?
It should be at least Golf size and not too thirsty.
I have two cars in mind, the A4 and the Astra, the A4 comes with at least 100k miles, the Astra with about 50k, but its also a bit newer.
Is the Audi on the long run a better buy, this is my question?
Also the Octavia or Passat might be an altenative.
Please share your wisdom.
Thanks!
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4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Definitely NOT the Astra!...
#2
the Audi will be more expensive for parts,

for 5k don't think you will get much Octavia or Passat, these two are typically high milage vehicles as well.
1 Like #3
X type diesel.
#4
Pr3cious18
Definitely NOT the Astra!...


not saying the Astra will be a better deal, you seem to have had a bad time with one, bet there's thousands of satisfied Astra owners, it's just luck sometimes!
1 Like #5
Seat Leon are nice motors
1 Like #6
iv had an A4 and my brothers got an Astra, and for me, there's no contest!
audi all the way!
for £5k you should be able to get one under 100k miles.
1 Like #7
seat leon, under-rated
#8
Saab 9:3 Saloon ages quite well & might be an option.
#9
Thanks for the Leon, Saab and Xtype. I'll take a look at them.

What about French cars or Asian brands?
#10
Consider a Honda Civic 2.2 deisel. Go for an EX or S-Type with leather and nav

You might be able to get a 56/07/57 plate for a good sum.
banned 1 Like #11
2004/5 Subaru impreza?
#12
Subscribed as looking to do exactly the same as the op :)
#13
A Golf?
#14
Fabia!? Same size as a Golf but half the price! Mine's cracking on fuel as well.
#15
Well, I wish I could afford the running costs for it.

shergold
2004/5 Subaru impreza?
#16
Golf - TDI match or GT TDI can't go wrong!
1 Like #17
Don't forget the seat has a golf engine, so you know it's a good engine and half the price on the insurance which is a big thing nowadays
1 Like #18
Golf sized card
Astra - driven the old style 1.4 petrol and good engine in it and a nice car overall. Makes a change from older models
Octavias - Nice cars and they are well recommended from the people I've heard from just tend to be rep cars or taxis so usually high mileage but being a VW are unlikely to go wrong.
Seat - are a good bet as cheap to buy and run and mostly are just rebadged cars underneath just with a Seat skin on top.

Dont buy French it will just fall apart and cost you more in the long run than buying something a bit more reliable and yes there will be many here who say that it's the luck of the draw but I've found it seems to be more common than with other brands.

As reliability is always important in a car I'd look to Korea or Japan as they are usually unbreakable. As has been said the Civics are a good buy if a little dull compared to the likes of the Audi. You could consider the likes of Kia where you could get one with a few years left on the manufactures warranty to back you up should anything go wrong.

Really depends where your priorities are as if you are a brand snob then the Audi would be the only choice followed by the VW offerings but if you have a family and want reliable motoring then I'd look to the other end of the spectrum with Skoda, Hyundai or Kia.
#19
Astra's are ok but they drink oil like they drink petrol.
#20
leitchyleck
Pr3cious18
Definitely NOT the Astra!...


not saying the Astra will be a better deal, you seem to have had a bad time with one, bet there's thousands of satisfied Astra owners, it's just luck sometimes!

Nothing to do with luck, do your research... Many of the newer models come with a number of common problems (oil leaks, suspension, head gasket issues etc), so if your happy to deal with these every couple months then by all means get one.
#21
Thanks for your info.
I'm mainly interested in reliability and running costs.

Astec123
Golf sized card
Astra - driven the old style 1.4 petrol and good engine in it and a nice car overall. Makes a change from older models
Octavias - Nice cars and they are well recommended from the people I've heard from just tend to be rep cars or taxis so usually high mileage but being a VW are unlikely to go wrong.
Seat - are a good bet as cheap to buy and run and mostly are just rebadged cars underneath just with a Seat skin on top.

Dont buy French it will just fall apart and cost you more in the long run than buying something a bit more reliable and yes there will be many here who say that it's the luck of the draw but I've found it seems to be more common than with other brands.

As reliability is always important in a car I'd look to Korea or Japan as they are usually unbreakable. As has been said the Civics are a good buy if a little dull compared to the likes of the Audi. You could consider the likes of Kia where you could get one with a few years left on the manufactures warranty to back you up should anything go wrong.

Really depends where your priorities are as if you are a brand snob then the Audi would be the only choice followed by the VW offerings but if you have a family and want reliable motoring then I'd look to the other end of the spectrum with Skoda, Hyundai or Kia.
#22
For 5k I'd be looking at a Seat as already mentioned or perhaps a lexus (bit bigger but good value for money).
#23
Focus?
#24
Nissan Note diesel.
#25
Astec123

Dont buy French it will just fall apart and cost you more in the long run than buying something a bit more reliable and yes there will be many here who say that it's the luck of the draw but I've found it seems to be more common than with other brands.


years ago i swore to never buy french cars, last 2 cars have been citroen c4's, no problem at all, you will find the more cars a manufacturer sells the more complaints, it'a a ratio thing.
very rarely hear from all the satisfied customers!
#26
sancho1983
Focus?

I have a focus currently and now am left with driving around with no speedo/fuel/milage clocks etc working due to a little bit of moisture (i think) or bad earthing mines a 2003 plate so little bit older but even the newer models suffer similar.
#27
Nailez
sancho1983
Focus?

I have a focus currently and now am left with driving around with no speedo/fuel/milage clocks etc working due to a little bit of moisture (i think) or bad earthing mines a 2003 plate so little bit older but even the newer models suffer similar.

Yeah mine did that. My c-max has been fine though
banned#28
I would avoid any Vauxhall and definitely any french car!

JD POWER Surveys

2010

http://www.whatcar.com/NonCar/361010340442.jpg

2011

Worst manufacturer
Vauxhall
After years of hanging around in the lower third of results, Vauxhall has hit rock bottom. No wonder, when you consider it hasn’t got a single car in the survey that rates above the industry average score. Poor dealer service is noted by owners of all models, too.
#29
4711
Thanks for your info.
I'm mainly interested in reliability and running costs.




Then look at a Kia C'eed or a Hyundai i30, which are essentially the same car, the Kia has a 7 year warranty as long as the service schedule has been adhered to.
1 Like #30
7th gen civic type R.

Edited By: Civic EG6 on Jan 26, 2012 11:49
#31
sancho1983
Nailez
sancho1983
Focus?

I have a focus currently and now am left with driving around with no speedo/fuel/milage clocks etc working due to a little bit of moisture (i think) or bad earthing mines a 2003 plate so little bit older but even the newer models suffer similar.

Yeah mine did that. My c-max has been fine though

Cant seem to get it resolved did turn on heat to full and managed to get the clocks back after hitting milage reset while key 2 clicks in but now that doesnt even work sigh :/
#32
Civic EG6
7th gen civic type R.

Would love one of these but wont happen anytime soon :(
#33
Nailez
Civic EG6
7th gen civic type R.

Would love one of these but wont happen anytime soon :(

Bought one :)<3 half my wages in petrol but
#34
years ago i swore to never buy french cars, last 2 cars have been citroen c4's, no problem at all, you will find the more cars a manufacturer sells the more complaints, it'a a ratio thing.
very rarely hear from all the satisfied customers!


Funny how looking at the figures in reliability surveys suggests the reverse
PSA sold 3.6million cars in 2010 vs 8.42million cars in 2010 for toyota

http://www.whatcar.com/NonCar/461010350520.jpg

So selling twice as many cars but JD power and elsewhere all seem to place toyota on top compared to French models. Given the choice I know which I would pick. Not trying to start an argument as I agree that you hardly hear from happy consumers but the French cars tend to have fancy features cheaply implemented to sell the cars at a price that result in faults later that can be costly to fix.

I had a 2001 Laguna and it would take me a good 20minutes to list the problems I had over the space of 8months, tyre pressure system died after 3 days, electric window motor packed in, interior gear all over broke, snapped and went wrong and the central locking system packed in along with the key fob and the immobiliser system was off and on about if it wanted to work.

Then look at a Kia C'eed or a Hyundai i30, which are essentially the same car, the Kia has a 7 year warranty as long as the service schedule has been adhered to.


Had a look at the i30 when I got my current car and it's nice but just doesn't tick any boxes for me when you compare to the sister car the Kia Cee'd which has a bigger book, better interior (both in terms of trim quality and layout) longer warranty and at the budget of the OP you can still likely find a Kia with 2-3 years of warranty left to go where the Hyundai would likely have little or none. You also have to consider that the Hyundai and the Kia are in all consideration the same basic car underneath and between the two there are hardly any brand snobbery issues as neither is a prestige brand.

My Cee'd has had no issues at all and even the servicing is cheap £120.00 for the first service (got mine bumped down to £105) and with the transferable warranty is a good bonus for buyers even second hand provided you ensure it has had the logbook ticked accordingly. With the base model 1.4petrol I get 42.2MPG and I do a 30mph for 1mile, 50mph for 5miles and then a further 2 miles at 40-30mph with work each week. I've even managed to get it up to 50mpg with very careful driving at mostly 50mph.

Another thing if you have kids that you might enjoy is the Kia is the Top gear star car which might earn you points with them ;)
#35
Thank you for that. I didn't know they where this good.
How is the driving and how are the brakes? Similar to a golf?
#36
4711
Thank you for that. I didn't know they where this good.
How is the driving and how are the brakes? Similar to a golf?


Have a test drive, they are free.(_;)
#37
Thank you for that. I didn't know they where this good.
How is the driving and how are the brakes? Similar to a golf?


A golf it certainly isn't as the cabin noise is greater but not really a major issue as not unbareable just a little bit more notable. Brakes are all disks on later models and quite responsive in my opinion. For the price you pay and the warranty aspects, I find the flaws more than acceptable knowing if the engine blows up unlike if I had gone with a Golf I wont be footing the bill.
#38
In similar boat but kept budget of 10k. Reliability and running costs matter. Any advice friends?

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