Advice needed, which car to buy?

26 replies
Found 10th Nov 2008
Got a bit of an issue. My wife has a Smart car and we have a 7 month old baby (not the dilemma).

We cannot get a child seat to go in the smart car as we cannot disable the airbag.

We are therefore now looking for a new car.

3 options I have are:

A ford fiesta 1.2/1.4 about 2004
A 2004 54 plate VW Polo 1.2 for which they would do me a straight swap (marked up at £3595)
and lastly a 2005 05 plate renault Clio 1.2 16v for which I would have to put £100 towards.

Just wondering if anyone can advise which they feel in terms of relaibility/ build quality would be the best option. I have my own opinion but want other peoples input to show my wife.

Thanks all

Forgot to say my wife car is a Smart ForTwo passion on a 53 plate with 25000 on the clock.

26 Comments

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mmm get a car with loads of room for prams and stuff like that a small car now might be ideal but later on you might need the extra room .. me I would get a Astra sri 2.0turbo 170bhp estate... oh I have one:w00t:

can you do a search for insurance quotes and road tax prices and get the one which comes out cheaper

Well with a young baby, over the next few years you are going to be going out with the child a lot, and you will find that you need to take more and more out with you (pushchair for example).

The boots in those cars are very small so I would consider getting a car with a slightly bigger boot, such as a Focus or something like that.

If you get a Fiesta, Clio or similar I think you will regret it in a year or so time.

peugeot 206 and they are only £35 per year to tax.

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guilbert53;3422066

Well with a young baby, over the next few years you are going to be going … Well with a young baby, over the next few years you are going to be going out with the child a lot, and you will find that you need to take more and more out with you (pushchair for example).The boots in those cars are very small so I would consider getting a car with a slightly bigger boot, such as a Focus or something like that. If you get a Fiesta, Clio or similar I think you will regret it in a year or so time.


pah you read my post

Polo will hold it's price & will be more reliable than the others

definately peugeot 206 you want to buy one hint hint ((*_*))

id say the polo out of the 3 but personally i would go for a bigger car an astra or a focus ..

tracymac;3422148

Polo will hold it's price & will be more reliable than the others



seconded
and also a better drive than thr fiesta tho prob slightly less than the clio, but the clio will go wrong, alot! and the interior take hours for some french guy to put together can be decimated by a 3yo within mins!! :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Thanks for the responses so far. Should have pointed out I have a Laguna as well so plenty of space there.

Thats why I am a bit unsure about the clio, not too impressed with French build qulity TBH honest but wondered if anyone had any decent comments about Clios.

IMO I would prefer the Polo.

Go for the VW you wont regret it, DH is big time into cars, collecting ect we only ever have VWs or Audi, BTW have you thought of an Audi A2, lovely cars, mases of space ect

How about a Skoda Fabia?

I have a Clio - there ok but I've found small things can go wrong with them - I've lost count the amount of bulbs i've had to change and the engine problems i;ve had - but mines an 02 reg so its expectant

Sorry forgot to add a link to a review:
uk.cars.yahoo.com/car…tml

I have just bought a Skoda Felicia (Under £700!) as a small runaround car without using the main family car and very impressed. Yes very basic but that is all I want. Safe reliable car and room for my boys should they need a lift!

As for the Fabia, a good write up and plenty of owners forums to read. Try Briskoda.co.uk!

i had a clio myself, clio sport. And it was a nice car, and i'll say that they are well built inside, i did like being in it. That said i had major problems with electrics and its expensive if it needs sorting. Im sorry to say, i wouldn't recommend one i've now got a toyota and its been so reliable, touch wood. Have u considered a yaris? They get very good reviews. After that i would choose the polo as they are well built and vw hold their value well, however u will pay more for it. Bfm

I've got a 51 plate Clio, I have had things go wrong a couple of times but I only paid 2 grand for it a year ago so I'd think that's to be expected lol!
But, I always wanted a Clio and finally got one and I do like it. It's good to drive and overall a nice little car.
Saying that, I am wanting to swap it but only because I want cheap road tax etc- £125 per year because it's only a 51 plate.
I think you could do a lot worse.
Hope this helps :thumbsup:

spider1986;3422938

I've got a 51 plate Clio, I have had things go wrong a couple of times … I've got a 51 plate Clio, I have had things go wrong a couple of times but I only paid 2 grand for it a year ago so I'd think that's to be expected lol!I think you could do a lot worse. :



So people on here have Clio's, they go wrong and they expect them to go wrong, then give them the thumbs up.:whistling:

Strange.
:thinking:

The VW Polo is definatley your best bet. Any German or Japanese car will give you the reliability you will need with your family. No car is faultless however your risk is significantly lower than purchasing a French, Italian or English car as these are more reknown for looks as apossed to the technology under the bonnet.

Good luck :thumbsup:

** Just noticed this survey is from 2005, but will leave my append in anyway ""

Funny thing is, most people THINK the VWs are very reliable, but they are living on past reputation and are only averagely reliable.

In this list of the top 100 most reliable cars the VW Polo (years 94-00) comes at 39, while the Renault Clio (98 onwards) is at number 40, so almost the same. The Polo for years 00-02 is at 25.

The Peugeot 206 is at number 11

whatcar.co.uk/new…817

And if you look below at overall brand reliability, out of the list of 30 companies VW are at 15 and Peugot are at 16 (Renault are low at 25), so VW are only average in this chart.

Most reliable are of course Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi (what do they have in common?).

Skoda is 9th, six places above VW (who own Skoda)

whatcar.com/Non…jpg

** Just noticed this survey is from 2005, but will leave my append in anyway ""

In fact if you read the reliability of VW on the What Car site it says:

Despite Volkswagen’s long-standing reputation for building reliable cars, the company
finishes up mid-table for the second year running.

While there is one fewer claim for every 100 cars compared with last year’s results, there
is little to indicate that things are getting better. For example, the Golf built between 1992
and 1997 sits in 27th place, while its replacement, the Golf built between 1997 and 2004,
is way down in 72nd place. The Sharan (1995-2000) resides in 81st place.

Average repair costs and times have altered slightly since last year – costs have crept up
by £4, while the time it takes to fix a VW has dropped by nearly half an hour.

Verdict: *** A disappointing result for a company with a reputation for reliable cars.

whatcar.co.uk/new…816

guilbert53;3423253

Most reliable are of course Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Hyundai, … Most reliable are of course Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi (what do they have in common?).]



Apart from Hyundai ...they are all Japanese brands.


Yet still people will buy other stuff in preference .. :whistling:

Funny old world.:-D

Sebas111;3422348

Thanks for the responses so far. Should have pointed out I have a Laguna … Thanks for the responses so far. Should have pointed out I have a Laguna as well so plenty of space there.My sympathy is with you!! Thats why I am a bit unsure about the clio, not too impressed with French build qulity TBH honest but wondered if anyone had any decent comments about Clios.IMO I would prefer the Polo.



red_dwarfer;3422535

I have a Clio - there ok but I've found small things can go wrong with … I have a Clio - there ok but I've found small things can go wrong with them - I've lost count the amount of bulbs i've had to change and the engine problems i;ve had - but mines an 02 reg so its expectant



You expect engine problems on a 6yo car!!?? now if you had said i have bought a renault i expect engine problems than i may have been with you!!!

BurningFeetMan;3422802

i had a clio myself, clio sport. And it was a nice car, and i'll say that … i had a clio myself, clio sport. And it was a nice car, and i'll say that they are well built inside, i did like being in it. That said i had major problems with electrics and its expensive if it needs sorting. Im sorry to say, i wouldn't recommend one i've now got a toyota and its been so reliable, touch wood. Have u considered a yaris? They get very good reviews. After that i would choose the polo as they are well built and vw hold their value well, however u will pay more for it. Bfm



WOT!!??!!!???!!!????!!!! :? renault and well built interiors is like saying i went to the moon and there was and atmosphere to breath it aint ever going to happen!!

renaults get you with a comfy ride then sting you in the garage!! i would never ever buy another one!! Go with the VW!!!

Actually i think you will find the Clio Sport is quite well build inside, however we are each entitled to our own opinion.

Like i mentioned before i think you would do well to look at a yaris or similar as you can expect a lot for your money from Toyota

BFM

i have a honda civic 53 reg (not the newest flashy shape) its the perfect car, so so misleadingly spacious, great sized boot and the gearstick is attached to the front dash, and not on the car floor.. never had a problem with it ever. i just love it. and easily fits in loadza baby stuff..has isofix bars too..id recommend it.

edit: i had a yaris (t reg - trip-tronic) before the honda- boot is restrictive and its a horrid thing to drive. like a mini-big van..if you know whatta mean. urgghh... give me the shudders thinking about the ghastly thing. so glad i got rid after 6months of use..

If your wife is happy with the smart car size, I'd say VW polo though with a child I'd say go for a VW golf as the extra space will definately come in handy as your child (and the amount of stuff they need) grows.

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anything is better than buying french!
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