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3k to spend on a car... suggestions??

Discussion in 'General Automotive Chat' started by jdas03, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. jdas03

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    Hi Guys,

    Up until a year ago I had a 8L S3 which i loved!
    Due to age i swapped it in and got an Abarth 500 on finance, now looking to get a house so need to get rid of the finance and buy outright!

    I have been looking around and found a couple of things:
    Mazda MX5
    VAG Diesel
    Both of which work for different reasons, but what have I missed??

    Criteria as follows:

    - Fun
    - Reasonably eco (32mpg plus on motorway)
    - Reliable

    I dont have kids so seats dont matter neither does age really so long as its reliable!

    Any suggestions on something VAG or NON-VAG would be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Artimus

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    You chopped in your S3 for a jet powered roller skate??? :jester:

    Seriously, for 3k you might find yourself paying out just as much in corrective maintenance over the next 6 months as you are for your finance now! Are you sure you've thought this through?

    If Yes: The MX5.
     
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    not sure if you would get 32MPG but a B5 1.8TQS would be around the 2K mark, that would leave a few quid for any repair bills, and a remap...
     
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    If it was me, I'd go right out and buy another crx sir ef8, a civic ef9 . Or a vtec civic vti ek4

    Without doubt, the crx is the only car I'd buy again inch drop of a hat. Only got rid as gf was pregnant.

    There is nothing like vtec yo!

    After working on, and driving them, I'd never have an mx5. Unless it was free.
     
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    Merc SLK
     
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    The Jet powered rollerskate was actually really good fun! I honestly never thought I would trade an Audi in for essentially a Fiat either but you have to try the car to see how good it is.

    And cupra r... thats an interesting one, can you get one of these for 3K?? I thought prices were on the up for these! Is reliability good on these? I know its basically an S3 underneath!

    Corrado also a really good suggestion though I am not sure I would get over 30mpg on the motorway? any experience of these? Whats relliability like?
     
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    mk2 MX5 (with LSD) gets a vote from me. Do it now while you don't have kids. The 1800 is quick enough, just get a smaller steering wheel if you have long legs.

    A CRX would be cool but after an S3 I think you'd find them really dated even though there is electric everything. A Integra DC2 can just about be picked up for £3k.

    A 328ci would only get 32mpg on a motorway but are very cheap now (1999-2002) and are packed with goodies. Round town the mpg is **** though.
     

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