Which car to get? Mini One, Fiat Punto (new shape) and Fiesta (old shape)?

My sister is looking for a car as she has her driving test last month.
She really wants a MINI one but can probably only afford around 2003/2004 models. Otherwise, a Fiesta (around 2005/2006) or a Punto (2006/2007).
Can anyone who has got one of these advise if they have any problems or if there are any known problems?
Thanks

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Whats her budget?

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MarzBarz

Whats her budget?


Around £4000 to £5000

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Check insurance, if she can only afford 2003 models she probably can't afford the insurance.

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lumoruk

Check insurance, if she can only afford 2003 models she probably can't … Check insurance, if she can only afford 2003 models she probably can't afford the insurance.



Well actually she needs business insurance as she looks after kids in the community. 2003 models cheapest we found is £5000 and insurance is £838 full comp but £1400 business

Have you looked into a vw polo?

Mini. Minininininininini.

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MarzBarz

Have you looked into a vw polo?



No, do you think it would be a good car for her?

gemmyw

No, do you think it would be a good car for her?



Well id choose the polo over the punto any day. You can pick a 2006 plate i think within that budget or if she doesnt mind a skoda fabia which is basically has the same engine as a vw.
Edited by: "MarzBarz" 31st Jan 2011

minis are brilliant but difficult to get kids out the back if they need car seats !

The mini will hold its value best...

OP, Just out of curiosity, why is there 1 piece of stray hair down the middle of your face?

how old is ur sis?

quotes of 2k plus for me on any kind of small car.

(22 y/o male can pm for pics :p)
Edited by: "numptyj" 31st Jan 2011

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numptyj

how old is ur sis?quotes of 2k plus for me on any kind of small car. how old is ur sis?quotes of 2k plus for me on any kind of small car. (22 y/o male can pm for pics :p)



LOL she is 22. I think it's less if you're a 22 year old girl as I guess the insurance compancy's think 22yr old boys speed.
She is following her older sis into the big bad world of Nursing so anything to get her through 3 years of uni will be great.

OI, You changed the pic, thats cheating!!!:|

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transit

OI, You changed the pic, thats cheating!!!:|



I know ha ha my fringe had gone a bit mad and split in that one lol.

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tomwatts

The mini will hold its value best...



Do you know if there are any known faults please?

gemmyw

I know ha ha my fringe had gone a bit mad and split in that one lol.



I prefer the 1 you've got now

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transit

I prefer the 1 you've got now



Pished in this one ha ha hence the half opened eyes

gemmyw

Pished in this one ha ha hence the half opened eyes



Oh i see, i thought that was your come to bed eyes pose.

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transit

Oh i see, i thought that was your come to bed eyes pose.



just.been.sick.and.got.carrot.stuck.between.my.spacebar

buy my car please, honda civic 2004 plate 64k - £3000
Oh i want a new car :(:(

I have had about 7 minis in total, superb little cars. But at that age I would make sure its 100% perfect because they can be very expensive to fix. Gearbox issues are common also and these are £1000 plus to repair!! When you find a good one you will love it for ever!!

Punto!! cracking little car, had no problems with mine xx (get more extras for your money too)

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aircanman

I have had about 7 minis in total, superb little cars. But at that age I … I have had about 7 minis in total, superb little cars. But at that age I would make sure its 100% perfect because they can be very expensive to fix. Gearbox issues are common also and these are £1000 plus to repair!! When you find a good one you will love it for ever!!



Ooh thanks for that!I will look into it......so cute

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Boom123

buy my car please, honda civic 2004 plate 64k - £3000Oh i want a new car … buy my car please, honda civic 2004 plate 64k - £3000Oh i want a new car :(:(



Where are you?

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loll1es

Punto!! cracking little car, had no problems with mine xx (get more … Punto!! cracking little car, had no problems with mine xx (get more extras for your money too)



OOOh I noticed that they are well equipped. What we have decided to do is wait for a little bargain to come along and she will decided what to do then

numptyj

how old is ur sis?quotes of 2k plus for me on any kind of small car. how old is ur sis?quotes of 2k plus for me on any kind of small car. (22 y/o male can pm for pics :p)


I had a quote of 26k first party insurance on an car

My sister has a mini and can only fit 2 of my kids in the back. Not the best car to choose if your sister looks after kids.

looking for a car myself looked at a mini and as people have said they are great little cars but very expensive to repair

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i have a cooper works mini and love it, was going to buy a fiesta st but they're a bit common and slow for me

Buy a Lupo, they're better than all the above.

darkstryder360

Buy a Lupo, they're better than all the above.



Lol, the mini will wee wee all over the Lupo.
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