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Which 1st time car should i get? ISOFIX for car seats a must

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Hi Well I have finally passed my driving test! About time too at 28!!! I have a budget of £2500 for a car (not inc insurance), the only requirement is that it can fit a puschair in the boot, an… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Hi

Well I have finally passed my driving test! About time too at 28!!!

I have a budget of £2500 for a car (not inc insurance), the only requirement is that it can fit a puschair in the boot, and it MUST have the ability to fit isofix car seats. It would be handy if it was a 5 door too, to make loading the kids easier, but its not essential.

I got the carseats from my ex when we split, and at the time they were almost brand new (we had only been using them for a couple of months, and they have no been sat in the garage for the last 8m!). When we bought them we spent nearly £250 on them so i really dont want to have to spend more on another set of car seats.


any ideas
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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Congratulations on passing your test!

I've got a Renault Scenic Megane - its 5 doors with a large boot. Its great for growing kids - lots of leg and head room. Don't know if it will fit your car seats though.
#2
Anything but a Renault Scenic Megane...!!!

Ford Focus
[mod] 1 Like #3
Congratulations on passing your test. :) Test drive a few cars and see what you are comfortable with and enjoy the freedom of going where you want when you want.
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Just a bit of info i found looking to see what this is:
"All new car models introduced since early 2006 have been required by law to be fitted with ‘Universal’ ISOFIX anchorages for a minimum of two seating positions. To be ‘Universal’ ISOFIX requires three anchorage points – two sockets where the car seat cushion meets the back and one behind the seat that connects to the top of the child restraint to stop it rotating forwards.

Many cars built before 2006 were fitted with two-point ISOFIX i.e. they have the two sockets at the back of the car seat cushion but not the third anchorage point to hold the top of the child seat. Child seats with two-point ISOFIX will have been tested and approved for use in specific car models and will come with a model application list.

ISOFIX anchorages where fitted will be labelled clearly – check along the gap at the back of the back seat cushion and in the boot floor behind the back seat."
1 Like #5
Mondeo diesel - sounds boring but they're excellent value at the moment and actually pretty good cars, good MPG from the diesel and reasonable insurance.
1 Like #6
chrishill
Mondeo diesel - sounds boring but they're excellent value at the moment and actually pretty good cars, good MPG from the diesel and reasonable insurance.


i'm not worried about boring lol, so long as it gets me and the kids from a 2 b. I'm afraid a car to me is just a box with wheels that will help me get to places! i'm not bothered about colour, style make or model. Just so long as it has the isofix, is reasonable to run, and cheapish on the insurance!

Naturally my daughter (4.5) would like it to be [COLOR="Magenta"][SIZE="4"]PINK![/SIZE][/COLOR] :whistling: :-D
1 Like #7
i have got a 52 vectra its got a big boot and it has got isofix in the back
#8
chrishill
Mondeo diesel - sounds boring but they're excellent value at the moment and actually pretty good cars, good MPG from the diesel and reasonable insurance.


no isofix tho
#9
These are awful big cars you guys are suggesting for a lady with two children...
#10
louloo
These are awful big cars you guys are suggesting for a lady with two children...


dont ladies drive awful big cars ???? :thinking:
#11
my first car was a fiat stilo cause you get a 53 plate for less than your budget and its a good car for the children and loads of hidy holes its comfy too but i have made a mistake i bought a Renault laguna oh no
#12
ding
dont ladies drive awful big cars ???? :thinking:


yeh they do(mine is) but most probably wouldnt if it was just for them and two kids? Given the credit crunch, cost of fuel, road tax and insurance for a first time car owner just passed her test smaller and more economical makes sense surely?
#13
louloo
yeh they do(mine is) but most probably wouldnt if it was just for them and two kids? Given the credit crunch, cost of fuel, road tax and insurance for a first time car owner just passed her test smaller and more economical makes sense surely?


i get your point but smaller cars wrap around lamp posts better than big cars therefore big cars seem safer to me, and my 2.0l dti car is the same on fuel if not better than the wifes 206 1.4 petrol.
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ding
i get your point but smaller cars wrap around lamp posts better than big cars therefore big cars seem safer to me, and my 2.0l dti car is the same on fuel if not better than the wifes 206 1.4 petrol.


yeh point taken, but i would go for a smaller car that has good crashs test result-that way i win all round:p
1 Like #15
louloo
yeh point taken, but i would go for a smaller car that has good crashs test result-that way i win all round:p

i give up you win,been on nights, cant be botherd arguing, should of known better than to go head to head with a woman. xx :thumbsup::oops:
#16
The best advice I can give you is to check reviews online of any cars you have got your eye on.They will usually tell you of common problems with that year,make and model and also things to check on the car before buying it.I have just bought a renault megane after having one ****** car after another.Hope this helps
#17
Avoid anything French, it WILL fall apart, Peugeot, Renault and Citroen are all no no's. Likewise, although not French, avoid Fiat. And Rover.

In your budget, or maybe just over, you can get an early one of the new shape Astra's which are better than the older one's.

This one is a 55 Astra Estate for just under £3000 http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VAUXHALL+ASTRA/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-14-240-4294966635-4294966969/advert.action?R=200903326967632&distance=70&postcode=B30+3BS&channel=CARS&make=VAUXHALL&model=ASTRA&min_pr=&max_pr=3000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2005&vehicleRegLetter=55
#18
ding - i get your point but smaller cars wrap around lamp posts better than big cars therefore big cars seem safer to me, and my 2.0l dti car is the same on fuel if not better than the wifes 206 1.4 petrol.

your fuel consumption would be better your wife's your driving a diesel!
#19
We have a scenic, but old style (w-reg), be careful of these with tax etc.. - MPG so higher tax.
THey are much better for space etc..
My next door neighbour has a Ford Focus, with an 18month old, and she seems to manage fine, but not sure about a buggy going in the boot though.
I've had 2 fords in the past and both useless, one the engine was cutting out, stopping the brakes from working. Not good when doing 60 miles an hour, and coming to a roundabout!!. The other was't much use either.
#20
I got a 2003 1.3l yaris, it has isofix points and fits my daughters travel system praam in the boot just about and our pram is huge! Insurance dirt cheap and tax is 130 for the year - you can easily get a 03-05 model for about £1500!
1 Like #21
Whoops - DID NOT REALISE this was almost 7 years old *facepalm*
#22
would be interesting if o.p's from years ago came back and shared their outcome!

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