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    (Original post by wibletg)
    1.2 litre engine, 75k on the clock
    Most things on that car is fine, except the electric power steering which is prone to failure at that type of mileage, would definitely cost more than the car to replace.

    The other thing with that car is the wiring loom is prone to faults and while it is easy to rectify or just live with it does get annoying... but as a cheap first car then it is fine.... though I'd probably get something else as the last time I drove one in 2003 I found it too bouncy on UK roads.
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    Hi everyone

    Soo i passed my driving test last month *yayy* and am looking for a 5 door manual car, only problem is my budget is £600. Any reccomendations?

    Thanks

    P.S quote me when you reply please
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    (Original post by pinky_pwincess)
    Hi everyone

    Soo i passed my driving test last month *yayy* and am looking for a 5 door manual car, only problem is my budget is £600. Any reccomendations?

    Thanks

    P.S quote me when you reply please
    How much do you have for insurance? Whack a few random cars from autotrader in and see what you get quoted
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    (Original post by pinky_pwincess)
    Hi everyone

    Soo i passed my driving test last month *yayy* and am looking for a 5 door manual car, only problem is my budget is £600. Any reccomendations?

    Thanks

    P.S quote me when you reply please
    1.6L petrol Focus would be a good bet.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    1.6L petrol Focus would be a good bet.
    1.6 is a bit much, maximum for me would be 1.3L
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    (Original post by Hanvyj)
    How much do you have for insurance? Whack a few random cars from autotrader in and see what you get quoted
    Insurance on a 2000 1.2L ford fiesta was just over a grand.
    The problem is i am not too keen on a fiesta but not sure which other one to get, I wouldnt mind a punto but apparently they cause too much trouble.
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    (Original post by pinky_pwincess)
    1.6 is a bit much, maximum for me would be 1.3L
    Why's that? If you think the 1.6L is going to be too fast, it won't be. You'll struggle to get a 5 door car that's a 1.3L and under £500 because I think all engines that small on a normal sized car are relatively new and so, won't be cheap.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Why's that? If you think the 1.6L is going to be too fast, it won't be. You'll struggle to get a 5 door car that's a 1.3L and under £500 because I think all engines that small on a normal sized car are relatively new and so, won't be cheap.
    You'd be surprised. Just have to look at older cars. My very first car was a 1991 Ford Fiesta 1.1lx. 5 doors. 28,000 on the clock when we sold it for £450 (it was my Granny's old car, not clocked at all, she just never went anywhere!)

    Wibletg - I had a W reg Punto. RUST. Cambelt. Thermostat getting stuck.. :/
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    (Original post by her0n)
    You'd be surprised. Just have to look at older cars. My very first car was a 1991 Ford Fiesta 1.1lx. 5 doors. 28,000 on the clock when we sold it for £450 (it was my Granny's old car, not clocked at all, she just never went anywhere!)

    Wibletg - I had a W reg Punto. RUST. Cambelt. Thermostat getting stuck.. :/
    Yeah, but the old Fiesta is tiny, it might have 5 doors but it's not really a decent size. The fact she's wanting a 5 doors leads me to think she needs a practical, decent sized car, and the Fiesta is quite tiny, even with 5 doors.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Yeah, but the old Fiesta is tiny, it might have 5 doors but it's not really a decent size. The fact she's wanting a 5 doors leads me to think she needs a practical, decent sized car, and the Fiesta is quite tiny, even with 5 doors.
    With a £500 budget I think they're expecting to get whatever's going, so long as it's fairly sound. I don't imagine they'll be too fussy.

    Let's see if this works -

    Searched Nationally (distance is from the centre of Winchester, Hampshire just fyi, not that it matters), 5 doors, 1.1-1.3, £500 max.

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/u...ity-of-doors/5

    Fiestas, Puntos, Micras.. take your pick.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Yeah, but the old Fiesta is tiny, it might have 5 doors but it's not really a decent size. [B]The fact she's wanting a 5 doors leads me to think she needs a practical, decent sized car and the Fiesta is quite tiny, even with 5 doors.
    You have hit the nail on the head there really
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    (Original post by her0n)
    With a £500 budget I think they're expecting to get whatever's going, so long as it's fairly sound. I don't imagine they'll be too fussy.

    Let's see if this works -

    Searched Nationally (distance is from the centre of Winchester, Hampshire just fyi, not that it matters), 5 doors, 1.1-1.3, £500 max.

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/u...ity-of-doors/5

    Fiestas, Puntos, Micras.. take your pick.
    Very true


    Puntos are fairly cheap, has anyone had one at all?
    I hear they are trouble which is why im steering away from them tbh
    How about a clio? Haven't heard much about them.
    Bleughhh i hate micras (no offence to anyone who has one)

    Btw when do autotrader list more cars?
    At he moment i have been using gumtree and bargain pages,is there any other sites i could use?
    I am from birmingham if that matters at all "/
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    Thanks for your help btw
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    I got the new Ford Focus Zetec 1.6, it's a great car.

    I was a little scared driving it last week when I got it, it's weird not having the instructor there. However, a week later, I'm really enjoying being on the road on my own.
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    (Original post by Herr)
    My gf had one until very recently, hers' was very reliable just regular maintenance work only for 180k km, no real issues till then when it needed a new steering rack, balljoints, engine mounts and shocks all round. Other than that everything else worked well with it.

    My family had an 04 206 CC 2.0l , it was nothing but pure troublesome french crap. 3 days after the car arrived the passenger side airbag deployed for no reason, the car would just shutoff for no reason, warning lights would go on for no reason especially the ABS lamp, power windows 3 of the 4 motors had to be replaced before the car had it's first tax renewal which it never had because the last straw came when the roof wouldn't close, there we were trying to close the roof with an approaching storm the system blew a fuse and we replaced the fuse and it blew the fuse again, we didn't bother closing the roof drove it straight to a Peugeot garage and told them to sort it out and we wanted the car returned clean and dry. After that we traded it in.

    Kinda of a lottery whether you get a good one, but having said that most parts for it are quite cheap in UK since it was once produced in UK.
    Hey there
    Thanks for the reply

    Just as you replied I returned home after placing a deposit on a used 206 LX 2003 3DR with 60K miles. Its in spotless condition xD Picking it up on wednesday
    Im getting the timing belt and water pump changed just to be safe

    Sorry to hear about your bad luck with them. Hopefully I've struck a good deal here

    Thanks again
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    (Original post by pinky_pwincess)
    Very true


    Puntos are fairly cheap, has anyone had one at all?
    I hear they are trouble which is why im steering away from them tbh
    How about a clio? Haven't heard much about them.
    Bleughhh i hate micras (no offence to anyone who has one)

    Btw when do autotrader list more cars?
    At he moment i have been using gumtree and bargain pages,is there any other sites i could use?
    I am from birmingham if that matters at all "/
    I had a 2000 (W reg) Punto and it lasted me 3 years. Sold it on for something more exciting, and from what I know, it's still on the road today. It behaved itself for the most part, but required some welding of rusted spots at the last MOT I took it in for. It'll depend entirely on the car you get though. Find a well looked after one, with little rust, and you're good to go. I used to get 400 miles from each full tank of fuel.

    You could also try ebay motors? Be careful with gumtree though, it's scam central.
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    Hi all,

    Looking to buy my first car this month having been passed for just shy of a year.

    My budget is about £800.

    I want a small car with a maximum engine size of 1.2ltr.

    It needs to be reliable as I won't have much money left for repairs once I've paid for the car and insurance.

    Any suggestions?
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    I've got a brand new Citroën DS3 1.6 DStyle+; and I'd encourage anyone else to do the exact same thing I did for a first car! (18+)

    Get it on a PCP, try different dealerships for different deals; but I put £999 down, then it's £199/Month for 2 years. Cracking car with lots of kit, and my insurance was £1.6k!
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    (Original post by TheBritishBloke)
    I've got a brand new Citroën DS3 1.6 DStyle+; and I'd encourage anyone else to do the exact same thing I did for a first car! (18+)

    Get it on a PCP, try different dealerships for different deals; but I put £999 down, then it's £199/Month for 2 years. Cracking car with lots of kit, and my insurance was £1.6k!
    How old are you?

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