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    hi there, after some help, not a car sort of person.... i need a car as my currentl little mg zr is dyinga death everyweek it seems to be somethign else and its not a few pouns, it shead gaskets, water pumps etc etc ..

    i was hoping to pay about £200.00 a month for a new car if possible... something small to medium doesnt have to be a ST or turbo but something nice looking...

    i like SEAT and ive been looking at the ibiza or the leon.

    plus the new astra is quite a affordable, or perhaps the fiat punto.

    never had a new car so this is all new to me and dont know how to go about it....

    thanks

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    To be honest as you are buying new pick what you want as you will have at least yr warranty.I like the ford focus but the new astra looks a nice car and has a good warranty.

    If you are wanting new I would sort a deal with a garage quick before the new VAT rate comes in? Makes quite a difference when you are talking cars, also if you are wanting to pay £200 a month I would consider personal lease hire?

    Vauxhall offer lifetime warranties now so if you like them that's what i would choose.

    Carley

    Vauxhall offer lifetime warranties now so if you like them that's what i … Vauxhall offer lifetime warranties now so if you like them that's what i would choose.



    Given the current GM/Vauxhall performance, this 'lifetime' could be very limted by the lifetime of the company.....

    i think seat are offering a deal with no vat ....tbh any vag group of car ie seat volks audi you cant go wrong in my opinion.....

    Fiat 500, can't recommend it enough! Love it!!! Only £35 road tax for the year is also a bonus.

    MINI of any kind - fantastic to drive, nippy etc. Not as practical as the MG though, so if it's a hatchback you're after then the entry level Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a great drive (and a bit different from the usual stuff in the hatchback market) for 200 quid a month.

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    i'm liking the Alfa Romeo Giulietta... will definatley look at that in more detail, and see how that compares with the SEAT

    how are alfa nowadays i was looking at a second hand one a year or two ago and alot of people were saying that they werent not reliable. are the new models better?

    thanks
    Edited by: "essexgangsta" 19th Dec 2010

    Giulietta is a lovely car but too early to tell anything about reliability. But the predecessor - 147 was in the later years a very good car with few problems, certainly not any more than your average Golf etc.
    And tons more style and character!
    The reliability comments still go back to the old Alfa days, people have a hard time to forgive and change their minds...
    Edited by: "MarvinHC" 19th Dec 2010

    The new(ish) MiTo has excellent reliability and the cabin is a really nice place to be (friend has had one since launch). I think Alfa has sorted most things out now, probably due to the fact that it is the premium-consumer strand of Fiat who have also improved greatly over the past 4 or 5 years. I think the handling of the Giulietta isn't quite as accurate as the Ford Focus, but it is much more interesting to drive and to look at!

    OP- If your ZR has had a HGF or water pump failure, and you've now fixed it properly, it may be worth keeping it as they are not bad cars. If other stuff is going or looks as though it will then I would consider getting rid of it.

    IMHO,
    SEAT or Skoda are a good choice.
    Astra and Fiat - I would reconsider.
    Alfa - Lovely cars but Marvin is bang on the money and, until people do forget and forgive, owners will feel it in depreciation.

    Have you considered the Kia C'eed? I know, it is not a go-to badge for a 'gangsta', but with a 7 year warranty (read the clauses on the so-called GM 'lifetime' warranty), and 0% finance, it may be worth a closer examination: kia.co.uk/New…spx

    Perhaps the Pro_C'eed would be more 'down your street' though

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    Chocka

    OP- If your ZR has had a HGF or water pump failure, and you've now fixed … OP- If your ZR has had a HGF or water pump failure, and you've now fixed it properly, it may be worth keeping it as they are not bad cars. If other stuff is going or looks as though it will then I would consider getting rid of it.IMHO,SEAT or Skoda are a good choice.Astra and Fiat - I would reconsider.Alfa - Lovely cars but Marvin is bang on the money and, until people do forget and forgive, owners will feel it in depreciation.Have you considered the Kia C'eed? I know, it is not a go-to badge for a 'gangsta', but with a 7 year warranty (read the clauses on the so-called GM 'lifetime' warranty), and 0% finance, it may be worth a closer examination: http://www.kia.co.uk/New-Cars/Range/Mid-Sized/Ceed/Offers/0-percent-finance-offers.aspxPerhaps the Pro_C'eed would be more 'down your street' though





    sorry i didnt reply to you for some reason the reply didnt show on my phone...

    over the last couple of days i've been looking at cars and finance etc. I reckon i can go to 12k , about 2.5k of this will be a deposit (my money) the rest will come by way of car loan finance etc.

    Spent 3 hours on autotrader and pistonheads last nght trying to dwindle it down to a few cars so i can book test drives etc....

    Seat leon. (actually prefer the older version leon to the new one unless its the K1 edition!!!!!)

    Golf, like the R32! yeah i know cant get a decent one for that sort of money, so maybe a a lower edition, saw a nice 2006 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF PLUS 1.6 LUNA FSI 5DR + VW FSH for £6400.00, it has 40000 miles on the clock.
    Or a GT sport.
    Like the look of the Golf. theres some good prices on a 1.4s which has realy low mileage at 11000mies at 10.5k

    Alfa guiletta love the look of these, but as they are new i cant get that car for the sort of money i want to spend.

    Ford Fiesta, was pricing up on ford option a new fiesta which would be about 13k

    Volvo - C30just seen this, and looks ok aswell imo, although only 2 seats in the back which isnt a major problem (i have 3 young kids) because i we have a people carrier, but it might cause some issues...

    S40 - like this alot....


    trying to get on the KIA website now and see if there are any sporty looking examples about.... th pro cee'd VR-7 maybe!!

    looks nice in cream... reminds me of a audi A3

    http://b.imagehost.org/view/0824/kia_pro_ceed_niot_net][img]http://b.imagehost.org/0824/kia_pro_ceed_niot_net.jpg[/url][/img]



    Also i keep looking at mileage as that always seemed years ago to be a deciding factor, if something has FSH and has 40k on the clock is that such a bad thing? I cover about 10k miles a year and will use the car to and from work.








    Edited by: "essexgangsta" 28th Dec 2010

    A Hyundai is worth considering as it comes with a 5 year warranty. If you are buying one second hand try and get one with a couple of years warranty left on it. hyundai.co.uk/ You get some great second hand deals.

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    JBJANEYB

    A Hyundai is worth considering as it comes with a 5 year warranty. If you … A Hyundai is worth considering as it comes with a 5 year warranty. If you are buying one second hand try and get one with a couple of years warranty left on it. http://www.hyundai.co.uk/ You get some great second hand deals.



    will have a look now, the i30 did come up on my list if i remember when i first started looking...

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    ok after two days of solidly looking its doing my head in...... i liked the volvo s40 but they have cars with milage around 40k + for my budget, dont know why but thats putting me off and i know it shouldnt as they are FSH.
    i really like the Golf gti mk5 can see to get a one with leather in with about 30k miles for about 13k. not sure if thats good or not.

    kia and hyundai are the best at the moment, the most reliable cars as well.

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    loulouben

    kia and hyundai are the best at the moment, the most reliable cars as … kia and hyundai are the best at the moment, the most reliable cars as well.



    keep looking at them but cant get excited about them though.... its not being a badge snob as I already drive a little MG!!!, the golf to me has the edge on looks. like the mazda 3 mps aswell
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