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Help me pick a car!!!

carmichaelj Avatar
5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
I'm looking to buy a new car for myself and partner at some point in the next year, but cant decide what to buy!!!

My requirements:
-We have no kids so it doesnt need to be too practical, and it needs to be a 3 door
-Engine size 1.2 up to 1.6, petrol or diesel
-Either brand new or up to 18 months old
-Something quite trendy or sporty looking
-Not a Renault, Fiat, Citreon, or Alfa

Budget is about 10k to 16k depending on what we get. We have looked at the Mazda 2, Fiesta, Ibiza, Scirocco, CLC, CR-Z but currently cant decide.

What would be your choice???
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banned#1
We bought an 07 Saab for £8,400 yesterday :)
#2
I've had the new shape Fiesta and new shape Corsa as hire cars - out of the two, I would choose the Fiesta if I was buying something.

A bit left field, but friend of mine has a 60 Plate Citroen DS3 diesel. I think it was about £11k. Quite a funky design - bit of a marmite car, but it's different to a lot of stuff out there.
#3
Honda FTW. Reliability, economy, hold their value more than most cars.
#4
Audi for customer care, build quality, re-sale value and reliability without a doubt, wouldn't touch Mazda with a barge pole o/h has Mazda 6 from brand new (company car) and it's always got niggly little problems, latest of which is phone pairing not working on Nokia. He's had Mazda twice now thinking it would be better 2nd time around, no chance. Infact he's taking it in this morning for the latest problem and NO they don't do the collect and return service that both Audi and Ford do in our area, you have to get the car to them and if you are honoured enough they will give you a lift back home but you still have to find your way back to pick it up again, grrrr, and yes we have asked and yes this is his 2nd brand new one from the same dealer. My friends got locked in their compound over night despite arranging with them to collect after hours after a service and they wouldn't even compensate her cab fares for the wasted journey. Audi and Ford on the other hand would jump through a hoop backwards if you asked and Audi always wash the car before returning it too.


Edited By: Shark Girl on Jan 07, 2011 12:00: sp
#5
meandog101
I've had the new shape Fiesta and new shape Corsa as hire cars - out of the two, I would choose the Fiesta if I was buying something.

A bit left field, but friend of mine has a 60 Plate Citroen DS3 diesel. I think it was about £11k. Quite a funky design - bit of a marmite car, but it's different to a lot of stuff out there.


Forgot to mention I want to avoid Citreon, Renault, and Fiat

The Alfas look nice but I think I'd have to avoid them also
#6
moob
Honda FTW. Reliability, economy, hold their value more than most cars.


I agree, however the Civic is horrible now, and the CR-Z doesnt get the best reviews (plus its so new I'd be worried about how long it lasts in terms of availability of parts etc)
#7
Shark Girl
Audi for customer care, build quality, re-sale value and reliability without a doubt


Only thing in my affordability scale is A3, and even then its pushing it. Although certainly its part of my consideration
#8
carmichaelj
Shark Girl
Audi for customer care, build quality, re-sale value and reliability without a doubt


Only thing in my affordability scale is A3, and even then its pushing it. Although certainly its part of my consideration


Worth looking at dealer 2nd hand too, some Audi customers trade in and change cars so quickly they are like new, how the other half lives :)
#9
Shark Girl
Audi for customer care, build quality, re-sale value and reliability without a doubt, wouldn't touch Mazda with a barge pole o/h has Mazda 6 from brand new (company car) and it's always got niggly little problems, latest of which is phone pairing not working on Nokia. He's had Mazda twice now thinking it would be better 2nd time around, no chance. Infact he's taking it in this morning for the latest problem and NO they don't do the collect and return service that both Audi and Ford do in our area, you have to get the car to them and if you are honoured enough they will give you a lift back home but you still have to find your way back to pick it up again, grrrr, and yes we have asked and yes this is his 2nd brand new one from the same dealer. My friends got locked in their compound over night despite arranging with them to collect after hours after a service and they wouldn't even compensate her cab fares for the wasted journey. Audi and Ford on the other hand would jump through a hoop backwards if you asked and Audi always wash the car before returning it too.



Thats a pity, as the Mazda 2 was pretty high on my list. 12k for a sport brand new, and the car gets pretty good reviews, holding its own against the likes of the fiesta. My only concerns with the Mazda 2 are that they may be a little small, and they are very very common on the road
#10
Seat Leon FR TDI
#11
ChrisUK
Seat Leon FR TDI


I havnt really looked at the Leon, however I do like the Ibiza (I passed my test in a 10 plate 1.6 Ibiza sport).

Whats the main differences between models?
#12
Mazda 2 and Fiesta come off the same line don't they?
#13
#14
My parents bought a 10 plate Ibiza Ecomotive for just under 10k last month. I was surprised at what a solid car it was, looks nice too. Plus £0 road tax for them.
#15
Got a 09 plate fiesta zetec s can only say it's very nice to drive and gives a average of 40mpg but they also come in 1.6 diesel which would give up to 60mg. Despite how good the car is fords customer service sucks!
#16
carmichaelj
ChrisUK
Seat Leon FR TDI


I havnt really looked at the Leon, however I do like the Ibiza (I passed my test in a 10 plate 1.6 Ibiza sport).

Whats the main differences between models?


The Leon is larger (as in a Focus to a fiesta). Excellent cars, part of the VAG group & much cheaper than the VA/Audi's, but essentially the same cars with a different shell.

Very powerful, easy to map (if thats your thing) & will come under budget !
#17
ChrisUK
carmichaelj
ChrisUK
Seat Leon FR TDI


I havnt really looked at the Leon, however I do like the Ibiza (I passed my test in a 10 plate 1.6 Ibiza sport).

Whats the main differences between models?


The Leon is larger (as in a Focus to a fiesta). Excellent cars, part of the VAG group & much cheaper than the VA/Audi's, but essentially the same cars with a different shell.

Very powerful, easy to map (if thats your thing) & will come under budget !


Might be a bit big. I do really like the Ibiza. I've been eyeing the Bocanegra, looks pretty sweet
#18
astra vxr vroom vroom
#19
I've had two mazdas - an MX5 and now a Mazda 3 Sport - it's a lovely car with gadgets
:o) Motors very nicely when required and a good size all round.
Love it.
#20
KrispiiDuck
I've had two mazdas - an MX5 and now a Mazda 3 Sport - it's a lovely car with gadgets
:o) Motors very nicely when required and a good size all round.
Love it.


Yea I would say Mazda 2 Sport may be the forerunner.

Not heard too much about the Astra, anyone got any opinion?
#21
carmichaelj
KrispiiDuck
I've had two mazdas - an MX5 and now a Mazda 3 Sport - it's a lovely car with gadgets
:o) Motors very nicely when required and a good size all round.
Love it.


Yea I would say Mazda 2 Sport may be the forerunner.

Not heard too much about the Astra, anyone got any opinion?

What about my suggestion? Are you ignoring me? :(
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/skoda-fabia-vrs-now-vat-free-saving/843503?page=1
#22
Buy my Mini Convertible if you want.... It's Buuuuuuuuutiful!
#23
deek72
carmichaelj
KrispiiDuck
I've had two mazdas - an MX5 and now a Mazda 3 Sport - it's a lovely car with gadgets
:o) Motors very nicely when required and a good size all round.
Love it.


Yea I would say Mazda 2 Sport may be the forerunner.

Not heard too much about the Astra, anyone got any opinion?

What about my suggestion? Are you ignoring me? :(
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/skoda-fabia-vrs-now-vat-free-saving/843503?page=1


Sorry missed your post. Decent deal, not a big fan of the car though :S
#24
carmichaelj
deek72
carmichaelj
KrispiiDuck
I've had two mazdas - an MX5 and now a Mazda 3 Sport - it's a lovely car with gadgets
:o) Motors very nicely when required and a good size all round.
Love it.


Yea I would say Mazda 2 Sport may be the forerunner.

Not heard too much about the Astra, anyone got any opinion?

What about my suggestion? Are you ignoring me? :(
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/skoda-fabia-vrs-now-vat-free-saving/843503?page=1


Sorry missed your post. Decent deal, not a big fan of the car though :S


K. Fairy fluff. :D
#25
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#26
Mazda3 no good?
I used to like the A3 as well

Edited By: Joey Bloggsy on Jan 07, 2011 21:00
banned#27
VOLVO C30
#28
Update for you camichaelj, remember my husband took his car back yesterday? Well they fixed the bluetooth connection problem ... until he called me on the way home and it wasn't working again, so it's going back again. Oh and they advised him that he needed new brake discs on an 08 car because rust has formed on them (I'm not too technical about these things but you get the jist) as it had been "sitting around for a time" ... errrr he's a rep. bet his boss would be pleased to hear that! Don't go the Mazda route would be my advice.
#29
I've been looking at the Fiesta Titanium 3 door, think it may be the one to go for
#30
carmichaelj
I've been looking at the Fiesta Titanium 3 door, think it may be the one to go for


I had that in pink, was a fun car to drive and looked great with all the extras on it and the 17" alloys.

Great choice :)

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