Economical, reliable small automatic car - Which one? :)

Found 8th Oct 2009
As per title.


Marina's rep available for good advice

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Original Poster

Come on guys, I haven't got all day :lol:

Sinclair C5

Original Poster

Alfonse;6514524

Sinclair C5


This one??
http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/images/c5_1.jpg


mm....Not suitable for the school run.:?

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/12_02/wallacegromit1512_468x397.jpg
will this do for the school run?

Marina;6514544

mm....Not suitable for the school run.:?



Economical, reliable small automatic car ticks the needs

whats your budget?

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kippy;6514554

will this do for the school run?



Seems good, there are even hooks for hanging their satchels.:) Any cars???:p

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RobInBrentwood;6514561

whats your budget?


Budget - upto 5 grand.

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Alfonse;6514559

Economical, reliable small automatic car ticks the needs


My bad, I forgot the kids.:p

you looking for new or second hand.. A VW polo would be a good cheap option!!

Have a look at the Nissan Note and Renault Modus.

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unileeds;6514612

you looking for new or second hand.. A VW polo would be a good cheap … you looking for new or second hand.. A VW polo would be a good cheap option!!


Second hand. I wouldn't trust myself with a new car.....yet.:-D

Will check out Polo. Catch that rep from me.:p

something like this? good cars, cheap to run/service/repair

autotrader.co.uk/cla…e=p

a micra and im not joking

Honda Jazz

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RobInBrentwood;6514625

something like this? good cars, cheap to run/service/repair



Ford fiesta... Will keep an eye.:thumbsup: Thanks.

cribert;6514627

a micra and im not joking



I've driven a micra (manual) before. Good one. Thanks.

holdav;6514649

Honda Jazz



I'm really liking the look of it.:thumbsup: Thanks.

Original Poster

So far...
VW Polo
Nissan Note
Renault Modus.
Ford Fiesta
Nissan Micra
Honda Jazz

holdav;6514649

Honda Jazz



Second most reliable car in the world according to a mirror poll in last weeks Saturday paper. Think it was second to the Toyota Yaris.

Avoid Renualt.

renault clio
vauxhall corsa

probably the 2 most popular small reliable cars
and if you buy a brand new corsa u get a years free insurance, might blow your bidget out the water though

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cribert;6514835

renault cliovauxhall corsaprobably the 2 most popular small reliable … renault cliovauxhall corsaprobably the 2 most popular small reliable carsand if you buy a brand new corsa u get a years free insurance, might blow your bidget out the water though



I'm driving an automatic corsa now (courtesy car) it seems to take a lot of petrol. I drive within about 1-1.5 mile radius (home, train station, school, home) I put £15 petrol and I have used for 2 and half days (2 trips to station and 5 trips to school ) and all petrol gone now. Is it me or is that about right?:?

Marina;6514879

I'm driving an automatic corsa now (courtesy car) it seems to take a lot … I'm driving an automatic corsa now (courtesy car) it seems to take a lot of petrol. I drive within about 1-1.5 mile radius (home, train station, school, home) I put £15 petrol and I have used for 2 and half days (2 trips to station and 5 trips to school ) and all petrol gone now. Is it me or is that about right?:?



damn the fuel consumption on automatic cars is usually worse, but not that bad! my 1.8 does about 35-40mpg!

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cribert;6514913

damn the fuel consumption on automatic cars is usually worse, but not … damn the fuel consumption on automatic cars is usually worse, but not that bad! my 1.8 does about 35-40mpg!


I know, I drive a merc A140 (is in hopsital recovering from the dent I made:-D)and hubby puts petrol each weekend and I was fine for the whole week and more. Could there be a con with the courtesy car.:p

Marina;6514940

I know, I drive a merc A140 (is in hopsital recovering from the dent I … I know, I drive a merc A140 (is in hopsital recovering from the dent I made:-D)and hubby puts petrol each weekend and I was fine for the whole week and more. Could there be a con with the courtesy car.:p



Also depends how your driving the other car.

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holdav;6514905

I do hope you like to read :PRenault … I do hope you like to read :PRenault Modus:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/renault/modus-2004.aspx?Nissan Note:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/nissan/note-2006.aspx?Honda Jazz:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/honda/jazz-2002.aspx?VW Polo:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/volkswagen/polo-hatchback-2002.aspx?Toyota Yaris:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/toyota/yaris-1999.aspxFord Fiesta:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/ford/fiesta-2002.aspxAudi A2:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/audi/a2-2000.aspxNissan Micra:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/nissan/micra-hatchback-2003.aspxSeat Ibiza:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/seat/ibiza-2002.aspxSkoda Fabia:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/skoda/fabia-hatchback-2000.aspxVauxhall Corsa 06 and on:http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/vauxhall/corsa-2006.aspx




Aww, thats really sweet. :friends: Will defo read, even email it to hubby.

Banned

Apparently you shouldn't buy a Clio (or anything French). I'm sure I read that advise someone on here today.

I take delivery of my new car on the 20th October. Looking forward to £35 road tax and 69mpg.

daewoo matiz?

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Adam2050;6514954

Also depends how your driving the other car.



[COLOR=white]Hubby says that too.[/COLOR]

But I drive the courtesy car same as how I'd drive my other car.:p

guv;6514961

Apparently you shouldn't buy a Clio (or anything French). I'm sure I read … Apparently you shouldn't buy a Clio (or anything French). I'm sure I read that advise someone on here today.I take delivery of my new car on the 20th October. Looking forward to £35 road tax and 69mpg.



Nothing wrong with the engines Guv.

I have had two earlier model clios.

Older car was better build and solid.

But the newer one was 1.6i 110Bhp (if I remember rightly) That had so many problems with electrical faults. Had an electronic power steering instead of PSP. That had a fault and led to me having a crash. Which I could never proove.

But its hit a miss with a lot of cars, just theres a greater number of faults on that car.

I still want a Clio Sport V6. Just a pocket rocket.

It was a fun car when working don't get me wrong.

Marina;6514978

[COLOR=white]Hubby says that too.[/COLOR]But I drive the courtesy car … [COLOR=white]Hubby says that too.[/COLOR]But I drive the courtesy car same as how I'd drive my other car.:p



[COLOR=white]LOL[/COLOR]

+1 to the Skoda Fabia. VW build quality and quite nice to drive. Skoda near the top of every car survey these days as well.

Jazz and Yaris Most Reliable Used Small Cars. Ibiza and Fabia Least Reliable
source
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guv;6514961

Apparently you shouldn't buy a Clio (or anything French). I'm sure I read … Apparently you shouldn't buy a Clio (or anything French). I'm sure I read that advise someone on here today.I take delivery of my new car on the 20th October. Looking forward to £35 road tax and 69mpg.



I would say this is part true. I am not a fan of French cars, but there are some French cars that are made with other countries, the reason i said the modus is because is its near enough the same as the Nissan Note.

And Adam has already said, they can make engines, especially diesel engines.

Daves Review

Renault Modus:
Easy to drive, safe, get 55-60mpg without trying, cheap to buy being french. I have one :P

Nissan Note:
Mostly see Modus, Better styling imo, but paying more for it.

Honda Jazz:
Not driven, but they reliable good cars. Well worth a look at.

VW Polo:
Friend owned one. Firmer than the Modus, but still a good drive, no body roll being lower.

Toyota Yaris:
Again friend owned one. A great car and another that should be on your final list to look at.

Ford Fiesta:
I can't really say much about the Fiesta, I'm not a fan but they must be doing something right.

Audi A2:
This is only in to give more options. Sorry >_>

Nissan Micra:
See Fiesta.

Seat Ibiza:
See Polo. + Cheaper

Skoda Fabia:
See Polo. + Cheaper

Vauxhall Corsa 06 and on:
See Fiesta.

Yeah, i really dont want to work

Banned

Adam2050;6515000

Nothing wrong with the engines Guv.I have had two earlier model clios.



Dont shoot the messenger! I was just quoting one of the forum trolls. I should have realised it was more BS. It usually is! :whistling:

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martinhb;6515065

+1 to the Skoda Fabia. VW build quality and quite nice to drive. Skoda … +1 to the Skoda Fabia. VW build quality and quite nice to drive. Skoda near the top of every car survey these days as well.


:thumbsup: Thanks.
doberman;6515097

Jazz and Yaris Most Reliable Used Small Cars. Ibiza and Fabia Least … Jazz and Yaris Most Reliable Used Small Cars. Ibiza and Fabia Least Reliablesourcehttp://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/item.htm?id=19048



I like Jazz and Yaris option. Thanks.:)

holdav;6515107

I would say this is part true. I am not a fan of French cars, but there … I would say this is part true. I am not a fan of French cars, but there are some French cars that are made with other countries, the reason i said the modus is because is its near enough the same as the Nissan Note.And Adam has already said, they can make engines, especially diesel engines.Daves Review :DRenault Modus:...Yeah, i really dont want to work



Its amazing, the time you spend helping a stranger.:santa:
[SIZE=7]Thanks.:)[/SIZE]


guv;6515110

Dont shoot the messenger! I was just quoting one of the forum trolls. I … Dont shoot the messenger! I was just quoting one of the forum trolls. I should have realised it was more BS. It usually is!


:giggle:

Marina;6514787

So far...VW PoloNissan NoteRenault Modus.Ford FiestaNissan MicraHonda Jazz



out of that list babe the honda is the best xx

guv;6515110

Dont shoot the messenger! I was just quoting one of the forum trolls. I … Dont shoot the messenger! I was just quoting one of the forum trolls. I should have realised it was more BS. It usually is! :whistling:



No gun :-D

I own a french car currently.

Hdi 2.0 litre engines great.

Replaced the good part of all the front suspension.

Clutch has fault (clutch judder as well)
Need to replace the arm passenger side.
Back bushes.
Diesel pump has play. (Cambelt had to be adjusted to run flush - mechanic says this)
Seals are going in places
Back window wippers bust.
Uneven tyre wear due to arms.

What I already done.

Shocks
Bushes on top of the arms and bottoms.
Cambelt including idler and tension pullies due to an ongoing fault with them. 3 different types due to the french messing this up.
Brake discs and pads
Driver side arm
Oil leak from the top of engine (simple tightning).

Speaker plastics vibrating.

Don't get me started on the plastics in this car. Must of been built in a sweat shop vibrates all the time in low revs.

Probably faults I missed. Questions should be asked to why I am keeping the car. But I refuse to get rid of its faulty livable charm.

Engines great everthing around it is trash.

Clio 1.4 I replaced the aux belt and powersteering belt as they snapped once. Normal wear and tear on brakes and tyres.

Hyundai Getz, any model newer than 05 plate, has Air Con as standard, is highly reliable, small size and came new with 5 year warranty, so will still have makers warranty on it.



Avoid Renaults at all costs, I read a report of a 59 reg Clio breaking down with just 600 miles on the clock last week.:x

Ok .. one thing I might want to add... and this is specific to your request. Like me you have asked for an auto!! Good choice, but be very careful as to the auto you buy.
Let me explain, Auto gearboxes come in a variety of flavours. Ive driven a CVT, a STD AUTO, DSG and what my peugeot at the moment. The best for a small car is the CVT in my opinion. Stay away from the traditional auto gearboxes. They have huge lag, and are oil guzzlers. I would suggest, if possible go to a big second hand car place, like cargiant or carmart or whatever. Try and drive the autos that you have your eye on. You will then know which is for you.

Inactive;6515780

Hyundai Getz, any model newer than 05 plate, has Air Con as standard, is … Hyundai Getz, any model newer than 05 plate, has Air Con as standard, is highly reliable, small size and came new with 5 year warranty, so will still have makers warranty on it.Avoid Renaults at all costs, I read a report of a 59 reg Clio breaking down with just 600 miles on the clock last week.:x



My Granddad has a Hyundai old getz from new. Not had one problem with it. Its 6 years old now.
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