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    What is your budget?
    What is going to be the main use of the car?
    Travelling to uni/visiting girlfriend
    How many passenger will you usually be carrying?
    How big a boot do you need?
    Enough to fit a couple of suitcases
    Specific tasks you will be doing?
    Any brands you would prefer? Any brands you hate?
    Not a massive fan of Vauxhall Corsa's
    What features in the car are important to you?
    A reasonably modern radio would be nice (ability to at least upgrade to DAB, iPod control or tape deck)
    What gearbox do you want?
    Are aesthetics of the car important?
    Special requirements?
    I'm hoping the car will be relatively cheap to run and easy to maintain over the next 3 years
    What is the minimum fuel consumption you require?

    Hi, I'm looking for a used car to run me around whilst studying for a PhD. The reason I'm after my own transport is that I'll be based at 3 different sites across 2 cities, and also be living with my parents to save some money.

    I'm expecting to probably do 15,000 miles a year, which is my weekly commute plus two trips to visit my girlfriend in Sheffield. Based on an mpg of around 50, I'm expecting fuel to cost around £150 a month.

    At the moment, I've been looking at the Fiat Grande Punto (2006 onwards), as they are coming up around £3-4k second hand for a diesel model.

    Any other suggestions or ideas are welcome, and feel free to tell me that I'm wrong to chase a Punto!


    Grande Punto = Vauxhall Corsa

    Only differences are the engine and gearbox.

    I'd probably look into a Ford Focus 1.6TDCI instead.
    • Thread Starter

    Cheers for the reply

    I've got a garage near home with a Focus (1.8 diesel), Fiesta and Polo in stock so might try and get a drive in them all. I guess the 1.8 will be excessive but at least I can try a few cars side by side. I've not even been able to see inside a car yet in 3 times of heading to a garage, so I'm still quite unsure as to what I want!
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