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Best car for 5k?

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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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    Pr3cious18
    Definitely NOT the Astra!...
    leitchyleck
    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.
    g1bbuk
    X type diesel.
    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!
    RiPPeR
    Seat Leon are nice motors
    teddy23
    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.
    toolongawake
    seat leon, under-rated
    brett1985
    Saab 9:3 Saloon ages quite well & might be an option.
    4711
    47112 years, 10 months ago #9Show comment tools Reply
    Thanks for the Leon, Saab and Xtype. I'll take a look at them.

    What about French cars or Asian brands?
    RJL
    RJL2 years, 10 months ago #10Show comment tools Reply
    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.
    thenewyou
    2004/5 Subaru impreza?
    darren9030
    Subscribed as looking to do exactly the same as the op :)
    sickly sweet
    A Golf?
    momartin
    Fabia!? Same size as a Golf but half the price! Mine's cracking on fuel as well.
    4711
    47112 years, 10 months ago #15Show comment tools Reply
    Well, I wish I could afford the running costs for it.

    shergold
    2004/5 Subaru impreza?
    Foxy102
    Golf - TDI match or GT TDI can't go wrong!
    RiPPeR
    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
    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.
    shauneco
    Astra's are ok but they drink oil like they drink petrol.
    Pr3cious18
    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.

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