Best Starter cars to get

Well my dad says i shouldnt get a mini to start with he says i should get a car to dent which is great confidence boost for me

Anyways im making a list of possible cheap starter cars

Criteria

3 doors max
Made in black
Automatic transmission
Good fuel efficiency
min 1.2 l
city or supermini no bigger

Ive picked these already as a guideline

Peugeot 106
Suzuki alto
Proton Compact
Mitsubishi colt
Daihatsu Charade
Austin Mini Mayfair
Toyota Starlet
Ford Fiesta
Citroen Saxo

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Punto... i had one... it was a tank! Had 2 pretty bad accidents in it, survived both... most expensive bit was getting a tow truck to get me out of the ditch/field!

The other one was car park ice skating and i broke a wheel / suspension - cost me bout £150 for the total fix!

Peugeot or the Mini - cheapest for parts if you ever need any

Suzuki's are also pretty easy to work on if you ever need to relpace anything.

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Any particular models though

dont really want a punto as my sister has that and frankly i hate it

I'd go for the cheapest car you can find. At least if you wreck an old banger, you wont be much out of pocket. Not a great status symbol I know, but, sorry to say this, new drivers are probably the likliest to have and cause accidents. I thought I knew everything when I got my first car, until I did not see the bollards blocking a road!

Citroen C 2 my daughter has one with the 1.1 engine and as it has just had a face lift should be quite good value on the second hand market,generally a good car with no major problems since she has had it ( 3 years):thumbsup:

Corsa, Fiesta or.... Kia Pride (if you want to go retro :lol:)

dandoc2;2496181

Any particular models thoughdont really want a punto as my sister has … Any particular models thoughdont really want a punto as my sister has that and frankly i hate it



reviewcentre.com/rev…tml

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twinks;2496193

Mini's are great starter cars, but if your dad thinks you are going to … Mini's are great starter cars, but if your dad thinks you are going to dent it you'd probably be better off with an old fiesta, cheap parts and easy to get hold of. :thumbsup:



He says he will only pay for it if he likes it which is peeing me off as all i ever wanted was a black austin mini but he says im too tall for it im only 5"10


http://www.ayrshireminis.com/mini/images/gallery/BLMC-Mini-Black-400.jpg

Do not get a peugeot. Unreliable cars, don't have the best reputation.
Suzuki should be alright.
Protons and Daihatsu have good reputations for build quality and reliability, but not the best looks wise.
Mitsubishi and Toyota definitely reliable cars.

Don't get a corsa.

What about
vw polo
Toyota corolla

Shengis;2496209

Corsa, Fiesta or.... Kia Pride (if you want to go retro :lol:)



No. Retro is a Robin Reliant!

dandoc2;2496228

He says he will only pay for it if he likes it which is peeing me off as … He says he will only pay for it if he likes it which is peeing me off as all i ever wanted was a black austin mini but he says im too tall for it im only 5"10



If you crash that you are gonna die!

Get something with ABS and Airbags!

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gary_rip;2496227

http://www.reviewcentre.com/review190420.html



reviewcentre.com/rev…tml

gary_rip;2496238

If you crash that you are gonna die!Get something with ABS and Airbags!




Lol lifes short

parkers.co.uk/ins…ce/

wisebuyers.co.uk/mot…18/
This site is quite useful, you can select the group and then find what cars are available in that group.
useful if you run a few online insurance quotes and find which group you'll be limited to

i had a saxo 1.1i years ago and i had nothing but problems with it go carefull i had a 1.4i rover metro that was a very good car relyable very cheap to run compfy and the insurance was very cheap i would recomend the metro for first car

dandoc2;2496239

Lol lifes short



It is, but ABS would of saved one of my accidents - i sold a car just because it didnt have this after i had a near miss!

I used to have a Mini 30 in black with full black leather interior...was reallllly nice, but just too dangerous. My mate from uni used to open the door to it with his locker key...

Look into how easy they are to source parts, suzuki daihatsu etc may be cheap but you can wait weeks for dealers to get hold of parts for you, and there are not that many in scrap yards to salvage parts from them, if you stick to the ford, peugeots etc there are loads of dealers around and the parts arrive fairly quickly, failing that there are loads of them in scrap yards everywhere you can salvage parts from.

I'm 6'4'' and 20 stone :oops: I usually take out my girlfriend's Daewoo Matiz instead of my accord. I love it! Great we car and it is massive inside! A wee mini tardis. Goes about 100 miles on £10 and her insurance is less than £10 a month! I thoroughly recommend it :thumbsup:

I'm 6' tall and almost as wiiiiiiiiiiide, and I fitted in my Mini no problems.

In my opinion, Mini's have bags of character, but being over 40 years old ( as a design ) they are a real liability, all sorts of things go wrong with them, first sign of rain and they don't start, the brakes seize and they rust while u wait, and seeing as they are becomming collectable you'll get less and less for your money when you try to buy one.

You will be safer and more comfortable in something a bit more modern, and like one of the previous posters I'd say a Metro/Rover 100 would be a good bet, it will have everything you need and will be reliable and a decent one will cost peanuts.

AND!!!!!, your dad's right, you will need sommat you won't mind denting, because you will believe me, and best to dent sommat you don't really care about.

If you've got more dosh to spend then my next choice would be a Saxo, even more modern and pretty fun too.

Good luck :thumbsup:

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kidcat;2496297

Look into how easy they are to source parts, suzuki daihatsu etc may be … Look into how easy they are to source parts, suzuki daihatsu etc may be cheap but you can wait weeks for dealers to get hold of parts for you, and there are not that many in scrap yards to salvage parts from them, if you stick to the ford, peugeots etc there are loads of dealers around and the parts arrive fairly quickly, failing that there are loads of them in scrap yards everywhere you can salvage parts from.



Definitely best advice. I do my own car maintenance. First thing I do before buying any car is check for availablity of spares and availability of a Haynes repair manual. Places like Eurocarparts and GSF Car parts stock loads of brand new spares at much, much less than a main dealer. I have had many VW and Peugeots, they are dirt cheap for spares and dead easy to work on. Ford also would be a good safe bet.

Corsa's are good! I've had mine for 5 years now without any faults whatsoever!

Its an 02 Corsa Comfort 1.0 12v. - a good starter car

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MrGrumpyman;2496402

I'm 6' tall and almost as wiiiiiiiiiiide, and I fitted in my Mini no … I'm 6' tall and almost as wiiiiiiiiiiide, and I fitted in my Mini no problems.In my opinion, Mini's have bags of character, but being over 40 years old ( as a design ) they are a real liability, all sorts of things go wrong with them, first sign of rain and they don't start, the brakes seize and they rust while u wait, and seeing as they are becomming collectable you'll get less and less for your money when you try to buy one.You will be safer and more comfortable in something a bit more modern, and like one of the previous posters I'd say a Metro/Rover 100 would be a good bet, it will have everything you need and will be reliable and a decent one will cost peanuts.AND!!!!!, your dad's right, you will need sommat you won't mind denting, because you will believe me, and best to dent sommat you don't really care about.If you've got more dosh to spend then my next choice would be a Saxo, even more modern and pretty fun too.Good luck :thumbsup:



I know its just minis a retro

I will have insurance is anyone steals it plus i will put an alarm in it or do a mr bean and screw a lock on the side

I just really want a mini all the other cars liek fiestas and puntos are for boy racers and chavs ( no offence but its true for ppl my age)
mini beats any car hands down well obv not a ferrari or something

youtube.com/wat…d-Q
plus everyone says mini are the best to drive

lol this guys got a v8 mini
youtube.com/wat…ibY

one question tho will old automatics act differently to modern day ones ??

dandoc2;2496574

I know its just minis a retroI will have insurance is anyone steals it … I know its just minis a retroI will have insurance is anyone steals it plus i will put an alarm in it or do a mr bean and screw a lock on the side I just really want a mini all the other cars liek fiestas and puntos are for boy racers and chavs ( no offence but its true for ppl my age) mini beats any car hands down well obv not a ferrari or somethinghttp://youtube.com/watch?v=3WNaVN8gd-Qplus everyone says mini are the best to drive one question tho will old automatics act differently to modern day ones ??



So, basically.......................you want a Mini, nothing else will do, so what you askin' us lot for, go tell ya dad :-D

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MrGrumpyman;2496612

So, basically.......................you want a Mini, nothing else will … So, basically.......................you want a Mini, nothing else will do, so what you askin' us lot for, go tell ya dad :-D



No i was just saying can someone suggest me a list which ive taken note of but i think i wil just get a mini making this thread pointless my bad :-D

Jeremy clarkson reviweing a mini

youtube.com/wat…vLQ

The thing is, you only want a car that looks the car, despite cost, practicality and safety...

Now I love the Mini as much as the next person (still on the miniscene scotland), but they are not 'first car' material these days, you need to carry a toolkit with you at all times

dandoc2;2496633

No i was just saying can someone suggest me a list which ive taken note … No i was just saying can someone suggest me a list which ive taken note of but i think i wil just get a mini making this thread pointless my bad :-DJeremy clarkson reviweing a minihttp://youtube.com/watch?v=4q5ZHU8yvLQ



LOL, hope you get what you want :-D

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twinks;2496590

Half the kids at the sixthform in my sons school have … Half the kids at the sixthform in my sons school have minis..seriously..may not be chavy where you are but it seems to be where i am lol What's your budget by the way?



Dont say that nooooo - i live in wallington near sutton and croydon - i never see anyone my age in minis

dandoc2;2496228

He says he will only pay for it if he likes it which is peeing me off as … He says he will only pay for it if he likes it which is peeing me off as all i ever wanted was a black austin mini but he says im too tall for it im only 5"10



i want a mini and the day i pass my test im going to try and buy one

i am 6"1

twinks;2496730

haha, im serious, i'll try and get my son to take a pic on his phone and … haha, im serious, i'll try and get my son to take a pic on his phone and send it to you :-DThey mod them up as well, really look stupid :roll: i know Wallington well though, think they are a bit different to the kids round here so you should be ok ;-)



heres mine
http://www.autofashion.co.uk/images/Mini%20Lambo%20Image%202.jpg

Original Poster

twinks;2496730

haha, im serious, i'll try and get my son to take a pic on his phone and … haha, im serious, i'll try and get my son to take a pic on his phone and send it to you :-DThey mod them up as well, really look stupid :roll: i know Wallington well though, think they are a bit different to the kids round here so you should be ok ;-)


They do the minis up?? lol what with new rims and loud exhausts
lol where do you live?

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bigbob909;2496767

heres mine



Murder :x

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I will let you lot know what i get as i gotta get a car soon so i can start driving

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twinks;2496798

Isle of Wight, dont worry, they're of the six finger variety where I live … Isle of Wight, dont worry, they're of the six finger variety where I live at the moment..will be heading back to Surrey as soon as finances permit :roll:



good luck with that you can even get a 2 bed house for £190k

I had a banged up fiesta on an old N reg that I used to both learn in and the drove it for a year (worst luck) before I got myself a sportier model,over my dead body would i ever drive a fiesta again lol

Good luck with whatever you choose,i ripped the fiestas wing mirror off the day I passed my test so be prepared!

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The fact of the matter is the mini is so light and small it would beat any car off the line ( any car under 10k)
My dad wanted me to buy the new mini cooper but although i learnt in it i dont want it as its not a mini its too fat
youtube.com/wat…FtM

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micra? reliable and cheap to insure

dandoc2;2496948

The fact of the matter is the mini is so light and small it would beat … The fact of the matter is the mini is so light and small it would beat any car off the line ( any car under 10k) My dad wanted me to buy the new mini cooper but although i learnt in it i dont want it as its not a mini its too fathttp://youtube.com/watch?v=BqCeoKTHFtM

Ah didn't realise you had £7k to spend...

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bazzaric;2497078

Ah didn't realise you had £7k to spend...



£2000 maximum

Jerry786;2496996

micra? reliable and cheap to insure



granny car

you should tell your Dad then...he must be thinking you have more!
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