£1000 - runaround or deathtrap?

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  1. Croker

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    I'm thinking of getting rid of my car (costing me too much a month), and I want a runaround to get me to and from work, the shops, and suchlike. Now, I reckon that I can get something reasonably suited to those purposes for around £1000. It doesn't have to be anything amazing, just not on the brink of collapse!

    My dad, with whom I had a pointless (and currently unfinished) argument last night, claims that cars are "being run into the ground", ones that cost £1000 will be "dangerous", and will cost so much to keep running in terms of maintenance that my hand will never be out of my pocket (apparently).

    I condemned this as melodrama and a load of old ********, and have set about proving him wrong.

    What I need are suggestions from anyone here as to what cars I can pick up around this price range, and which will prove to be reliable.

    My mate reckons a Mark III Polo might be a goer at or around this budget, and would be very reliable. Is this true?

    Any ideas gratefully received! I could probably go as high as £1500 (but would rather not). Still, if something is particularly decent at that price point, I'd consider it.

    Let's hear your ideas, then! :D
     
  2. mhuk05

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    £1K will get you a BMW. Something like a 1994 525i? Suit you sir?

    Running costs are OK and they're so reliable you'll only need petrol, air, water and oil to run it :)
     
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    I bought my 97R Fiesta for £1k which has been excellent, goes from A-B without any problems and sailed through its last service (just needed a new battery, it was on its original still :eek: )

    Will hit 100,000 miles in the next month or two and still going strong

    If insurance isn't a problem (it was for me), old Mazda's, Toyota's etc. would be worth looking at (Mazda 626, Toyota Corolla, Carina etc.)
     
  4. Croker

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    Brilliant suggestions, lads. Keep 'em coming!
     
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    You have not said how large a car you need:
    Hatchback,or whatever.
    What were you running before?
    Might help with suggestions.
     
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    95' pug 106?
     
  7. Croker

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    I'm currently running a Fiesta (one of the new shape ones).

    Should have been more specific, though, I admit.

    Car size isn't important - 99% of the time, it's just me in the car, so a small car is not a problem. Now and again I cram a total of 5 people into the car when going to the match...a small car that could do the same would be what I wanted, I suppose.

    What I really need more than a particular size car, however, is one that meets this kind of budget, and will be reliable and not cost the earth to run.

    I've only owned Fords previously, but have an open mind.
     
  8. mhuk05

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    Well my old BMW goes up and down the M4, M5. M6 etc in comfort, safety and speed :) But if you'd rather buy a Fiesta or 106 that's your choice :)

    And I sold a newer car to get an older bm and the quality speaks for itself...

    :thumbsup:
     
  9. Croker

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    No, a Beamer would be most appreciated by my good self. I just never thought I could get one in that price range! What's the insurance like on a '94 525i, though?

    Still...blimey!

    Still open to other ideas, mind you. :D
     
  10. mhuk05

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    Mine is £270 protected NCB.

    bmw5.co.uk

    you know you want one :D
     
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    mmm, superbangers!

    At this price, you can't be choosy about image: condition is everything. Having said that, you also need to consider costs of parts and insurance.

    Family saloons tend to be the pick of the crop. I was in the same situation a few years ago, and ran a 2.0l Sierra for about 50,000 miles, at an overall depreciation and parts cost of less than £500. Bargain. And it even had comfy seats.

    Auctions can be a good place to look, but you're more likely to find a bargain in the local rag.

    What you basically need is a mate who knows his way around cars, who can divert you away from the money pits.

    But a MK 3 Fiesta, or early Vectra or late Cavalier, or a Mk1 Mondeo, are all good choices.
     
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    for a grand you should be able to get a tidy mk4 polo... alot more modern and well made...even mk3 golfs around that price...

    dont buy an old bmw...will cost a fortune if they do go wrong

    and it goes without saying dont touch anything italian or french...
     
  13. mhuk05

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    In 2 years it's needed nothing :)
     
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    Mk3 polo or mk2/mk3 golf :)
     
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    My '98 Scorpio has 122k under its wheels and is probably worth about your target price of £1k.

    In the 3 years i've owned it it has only required tyres, brake pads, an exhaust and one new front suspension ball joint for the MOT last year (£82, fitted).

    Comes standard with aircon,leather & CD changer; gives steady 28ish mpg (2.3 engine); uses no oil; major service at a main dealer is £150; no cam belt to worry about breaking and it's the cheapest to run and most reliable car i've owned.
    Obviously it's ugly, but you can't have everything....;)

    I would respectfully suggest your father might possibly be something of a silly sausage.................:hiya: :D
     
  16. SeanT

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    And they do a 207 BHP version that's still cheap to run and insure and costs the same :D
     
  17. Solomon Grundy

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    I buy and sell cars as a kind of hobby. You can get all sorts of decent stuff for that price.
     
  18. stealther

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    Well I think it all depends on luck at the end of the day.

    About 4 years ago I bought a 90k 18 year old Golf Gti for £500 did over 30k mile in it in nearly 2 years before the engine let go whilst doing about 110 mph down the M5 one night :blush: The car had been maintenance free for 2 years.
    The mrs car was condemned a week later as well so we raised £1300 and bought a 10 year old Mk3 Astra. In a year we spent over £1k keeping it on the road before the engine finally let go. Desperate for a car to get us to work and having no money I bought a Golf diesel of my mate which although had done 110,000 miles was supposedly in mint condition so I paid him £130 and drove it home. It lasted 3 weeks before the head gasket went.

    Roll on a year and we still had no car as we couldn’t afford anything.
    My Dad offers us his wifes 1991 H reg Golf with only 54k original miles on the clock in absolute mint condition. We took it with the hope of a few years trouble free motoring. About a month ago the mrs took the car to London and something happened on the way back and another head gasket. Fortunately by this time I had become quite chummy with a mechanic and he sorted out the parts and assisted me in changing the head gasket. The car is now running better than it has before tho its leaking a little oil these days.

    The point of my story is you could spend £500 and get 30,000 trouble free miles or spend £1300 + £1000 in maintenance and only get 12,000 miles. It doesn’t matter what you buy its all down to luck

    Sore a brand new Audi A3 which is a good car by all accounts at the side of the road last week with the bonnet up in the air and a huge patch of oil seeping out from underneath it! The owner was one very unhappy chappy.:)
     
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    97/98 Primera with about 75k on the clock, just watch out for clocked minicabs.

    Ultra Ultra reliable and nice and cheap to run
     
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    I would disagree that a £1000 would be dangerous, there are a lot of good cars out there for a lot less, this example (which is my everyday car) cost me £375 I added the alloys for £150 complete with nearly new tyres, it was taxed and tested too. the only other expense was a better stereo

    [​IMG]

    Mick

    Oh forgot to mention 115,000 miles with service history to 104,000
     
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    For £1,300 I could probably get you a 98/99 reg Nissan Micra with 30k miles on the clock with CD player and electric windows....
     
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    I like that :smashin:
     
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    [​IMG]

    £1k 2 years ago; FSH. Water, petrol, oil, a few bulbs, plugs & filters.

    :D

    Best buy a Micra or a Fiesta ;) :devil:
     
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    if you ever want to be let out of side roads yes :smashin:
     
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    :D :D What you trying to say? :rotfl:
     
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    Have you looked at a Ford Mondeo?

    Cheap to run and insure, servicing is cheap and you will be able to pick up a ghia or if you shop around a ghia x for that price
     
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    Still driving around in my 1990 " G " Volvo 740 Turbo Estate, admittedly only covers around 5000 miles annually, has never broken down, except once when left at the airport for five weeks in winter - flat battery.
    Change the oil & filter, air filter and spark plugs myself, other than that has cost just petrol and road tax and insurance. :cool:
     
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    whats your annual mileage? I know one forum member has started a £300 ebay experiment with an omega he bough on ebay for £300! if its that cheap with 6months MOT and lasts 18 months with no maintenance even if it drinks fuel if your mileage is low its cheap as chips, very very Safe (ABS, discs alround, airbags all over the shop may have traction control too) and Comfy!
    Just spied a 98 520 tourer and 318 tourer BMW on ebay both under £1500 with 7 hours to go! and a 94 520 Auto still at £499 no bids!
    Obviously you need to be careful but a 5 series is ideal as long as it doesnt go wrong and very nice to go to a match in with 5 people (better than a feista)
    SAAB 9000 is another one to consider
     
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    520s (never get a 518) will always go for good prices (as a buyer) as many people go for the 525 - more power, same mpg.
     
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    Ive got a pug 106 94 plate works well and i was able to get it for around 500 of my uncle, runs well and its at about 90k miles and hasnt caused me any trouble
     

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