Found 27th May 2008
Looking for family sized car 2-3 yrs old (5 door). Still on university removal services for next few yrs so boot capacity has to be good.

Don't understand MPG on diesel v petrol. Have been told today that diesel is far more economical. Motorway driving once per month, mainly town use. Don't need or want anything above 1.8. Also confused re insurance groupings, apparently there are differences and advantages if diesel.

Hate garages, looked at Ebay but don't know what model to go for yet. Any advice on economical, good looking, good insurance grouping, reliable cars. Grateful for any suggestions please

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for efficiency you should a (citroen c1, c2, peugeot 107 or a toyota aygo) diesel versions of these easily get over 60mpg and only cost £35/year to tax

Depending on how many miles you do it may or may not be worth going for diesel as they do fetch quite a bit more than a petrol model. You will save this back in the long run if you do lots of miles as although diesel costs more you will actually get more miles per gallon. parkers.co.uk is a good site to compare model for model mpg and insurance groups etc. Let me know your mileage and budget and Ill suggest a few :thumbsup:

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ctuk;2188680

for efficiency you should a (citroen c1, c2, peugeot 107 or a toyota … for efficiency you should a (citroen c1, c2, peugeot 107 or a toyota aygo) diesel versions of these easily get over 60mpg and only cost £35/year to tax



thanx but aren't these cars very small.....family size car but a bit of luxury as well would be nice

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jtx;2188786

Depending on how many miles you do it may or may not be worth going for … Depending on how many miles you do it may or may not be worth going for diesel as they do fetch quite a bit more than a petrol model. You will save this back in the long run if you do lots of miles as although diesel costs more you will actually get more miles per gallon. parkers.co.uk is a good site to compare model for model mpg and insurance groups etc. Let me know your mileage and budget and Ill suggest a few :thumbsup:



Very average mileage, ? 11.000 per year. Only monthly longer weekend journeys camping trips

If you can i would go for one that can run off LPG these are very efficient you can buy LPG for between 45p and 60p per litre the MPG is around the same per gallon as petrol

11,000 per year is still quite a few miles. Focus tdci (diesel) is a good car, Renault megane 1.5 dci (diesel) is cheap to buy, tax, insure, and you get good mpg, but they are not the most reliable of cars. If it was me id buy a petrol honda civic (latest model) because it will not let you down. hold its value well, It looks fresh and I much prefer driving a petrol car to a diesel. Go to a garage that has a good selection and look at a few cars, see what you like, test drive a few but remember to go home afterwards and think about it, read some reviews etc. Dont let them sell you anything as you would get a much better deal on a private sale or at an auction.

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imortal;2188896

If you can i would go for one that can run off LPG these are very … If you can i would go for one that can run off LPG these are very efficient you can buy LPG for between 45p and 60p per litre the MPG is around the same per gallon as petrol



Looking for used car. Probably unlikely to get one second hand. AND not sure I could afford the cost. I think they need a couple more years to get established

From recent experience (installing and removing daughter into and out of university, plus camping trips) you couldn't do much better for an economical motor than a Citroen Berlingo Multispace.

It's a huge car for not an awful lot of money.

I run a 2 litre HDi and it's amost as big inside as my old Espace, with almost the same armchair comfort, as opposed to laying down in an enclosed rollerskate.

Being a van derfived motor it has some useful: good big door mirrors you can actually see clearly with and sliding back passenger doors - great if you have excitable kids who are liable to open the door without too much care for what is alongside, though the catches need a bit of getting used to, plus absolutely miles of headroom and legroom in the back and in the front.

I'm looking to replace soon and wondered about a Ford Fusion (probably too small after the B'lingo) Hyundai Matrix (Interesting, especially a 5 year warranty) or a Kia Ceed SW (ditto, but 7 year warranty) or a Fiat Doblo (Similar to the B'lingo but possibly interesting in the 120 horsepower variant).

Mind you, I have just discovered I could get a lowish mileage 56 plate 2.0 diesel Jag estate for the same money as a new B'lingo: 45-50 mpg and wood on the dash.

Dear Daddy Christmas: Want one!

I can recommend the Mazda 5 2.0 diesel :thumbsup:

If your 'haulage' trips are small in number then you could always buy almost anything and fit a removable or fixed towbar (depending on your aestehtics) and then tow a trailer with all the gear. I have a FIAT Bravo sport 150 diesel which gives 50mpg, nice cruising but has plenty of torque for towing. Although trailer/towbar looks complex at first remember the larger the motor the greater the weight and hence the more the fuel consumption. If most of your motoring is one or two people then factor for this and allow for the exception.

good luck

iglimpse;2189071

Looking for used car. Probably unlikely to get one second hand. AND not … Looking for used car. Probably unlikely to get one second hand. AND not sure I could afford the cost. I think they need a couple more years to get established



i got my used vectra 1.8 02 plate 3 years ago for £4795 and i am contemplating selling it now as i now go to work on a 125cc motorbike to save a little more money i havent driven the vectra in for around 6 months now, It did save me a fortune in the first couple of years almost paying for itself

take a look on auto trader loads on there whats your budget
(might wait until petrol price to rise more then cash in on the sale of my car LOL)

nice thread topic. petrol and diseal is so important but not talked about much on this website.

from what i think... in genrel diseal is expensive but does more miles and hence cheaper for value

dont know if anyone agrees with me here or not

Ive got a 2 litre - Diesel - Citreon Picasso
Its cheap road tax (I think £115 pound for year - its always worthwhile to see what emissions are on a car - to find out how much your road tax will be each year) and I get plenty of miles to the gallon - Im happy with it!

I recently bought a vectra 1.9cdti sri, its 150 bhp, massive boot, fully loaded (sat nav etc) as was only six months old, cose me £11,500, book price was close t o£20,000. £140 to tax, approx 45mpg, and i do tend t oput my foot down so not the most economical driver but a very nice car

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laltufan;2190776

Ive got a 2 litre - Diesel - Citreon Picasso Its cheap road tax (I think … Ive got a 2 litre - Diesel - Citreon Picasso Its cheap road tax (I think £115 pound for year - its always worthwhile to see what emissions are on a car - to find out how much your road tax will be each year) and I get plenty of miles to the gallon - Im happy with it!



Good. Tooooo small for me.

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MANJ_007;2190887

I recently bought a vectra 1.9cdti sri, its 150 bhp, massive boot, fully … I recently bought a vectra 1.9cdti sri, its 150 bhp, massive boot, fully loaded (sat nav etc) as was only six months old, cose me £11,500, book price was close t o£20,000. £140 to tax, approx 45mpg, and i do tend t oput my foot down so not the most economical driver but a very nice car



So where can I get one for that price please :whistling:

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Auto trader seems to be the best place to find what I want, excellent search facility unlike E Bay which I have now given up on

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