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    What is your budget?
    2000
    What is going to be the main use of the car?
    50 miles home-work-home
    How many passenger will you usually be carrying?
    0
    How big a boot do you need?
    not too big
    Specific tasks you will be doing?
    work and social use
    Any brands you would prefer? Any brands you hate?
    prefer VW
    What gearbox do you want?
    Manual
    Are aesthetics of the car important?
    Yes
    Special requirements?
    diesel


    I'm considering:
    VW Golf
    VW Polo
    Audi A3
    Skoda Fabia

    Any other cars I should consider? Looking to spend max £1500 on the car.
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    Defo consider a ford focus , honda jazz or ford ka
    They r all reliable and can be picked up cheaply
    However, I dont think you will find a vw golf or a a3 with bluetooth under 1500
    But anyway,good luck

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    (Original post by Gladiatorsword)
    Defo consider a ford focus , honda jazz or ford ka
    They r all reliable and can be picked up cheaply
    However, I dont think you will find a vw golf or a a3 with bluetooth under 1500
    But anyway,good luck

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    Any reason why you suggest a ford focus
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    If you can, you should focus on the audi a3. One of the more recent models over the others, although audi is under VW their cars are damn smooth having to drive 50 miles pretty much each day! aesthetically the audi a3 is a great looking car for its class too.

    From my personally experience, i learnt in an audi a3 for over 40 hours and it was great!
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    You're not going to find one with native bluetooth support. You'll have to get an aftermarket stereo.
    Also £1500 is quite a small budget for a diesel Golf let alone an Audi A3...
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    You're not going to find one with native bluetooth support. You'll have to get an aftermarket stereo.
    Also £1500 is quite a small budget for a diesel Golf let alone an Audi A3...
    You could definitely pick up an MOT'd mk4 Golf TDI for that kind of money.
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    (Original post by Nuffles)
    You could definitely pick up an MOT'd mk4 Golf TDI for that kind of money.
    You can but they tend to be around 01 plate and have 150K+ on the clock.
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    I'd be bias but suggest a Clio Sport 172 or 182


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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    You can but they tend to be around 01 plate and have 150K+ on the clock.
    Well, here's an 02 GT TDI (nice trim level, 130bhp), 112k miles, £1150:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-VW-Go...item20e8e15ddd

    Another 130bhp GT TDI, similar mileage, bidding at a grand:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vw-golf-mk...item41839b0ee1

    Another good looking one:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vw-golf-td...item2ed3f6c1a2

    There's definitely some good ones out there, and 150k is nothing for these engines. My '97 TDI has 140k on it and still starts on the key, doesn't smoke unless I boot it, and pulls hard.
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    Ignore the iphone/bluetooth support. I'll probably end up buying a stereo for that.

    I'm slightly biased towards the VW Golf since I've been driving in that as my brother owns one but I need to check out the Audi A3 and test drive some. I've seen one for £1300 (2001, 1.9 TDi).

    Regarding milage, what figures should I avoid?
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    (Original post by bhav777)
    Ignore the iphone/bluetooth support. I'll probably end up buying a stereo for that.

    I'm slightly biased towards the VW Golf since I've been driving in that as my brother owns one but I need to check out the Audi A3 and test drive some. I've seen one for £1300 (2001, 1.9 TDi).

    Regarding milage, what figures should I avoid?
    These cars are good for 200k+, I personally wouldn't get one above 160k.
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    (Original post by bhav777)
    Ignore the iphone/bluetooth support. I'll probably end up buying a stereo for that.

    I'm slightly biased towards the VW Golf since I've been driving in that as my brother owns one but I need to check out the Audi A3 and test drive some. I've seen one for £1300 (2001, 1.9 TDi).

    Regarding milage, what figures should I avoid?
    The only issue I see is that German cars tend to be pricer when it comes to maintenance and repairs, though can be found cheaper if you find a specialist garage.

    Considering you budget, any mileage should be fine as long as the owner of the car has regularly looked after the car, done the service, etc on time and so forth and isn't treated like crap. Also I would think there would be a need for another major service inbetween 120k-130k area.
    Make sure the timing belts been changed in the higher mileage areas, etc
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    Should I consider an Golf SDI 1999 plate or are they really weak and should I avoid them as I will be driving on the motorway regularly?
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    (Original post by bhav777)
    Should I consider an STi 1999 plate or are they really weak and should I avoid them as I will be driving on the motorway regularly?
    As in a Subaru Imprezza WRX STi?

    I had one of those, they are not cheap to insure even for a 30-something bloke with excellent driving record. Surprisingly for all the cars I once owned briefly or otherwise this was the only car that was cheaper to insure in a Central London post code than it was for a rural Oxfordshire location.

    I probably wouldn't buy one on a 2k budget unless it was a project car. These cars do tend to get thrashed about and while the engine and drivetrain in it for the most part is good for 250k everything else in it isn't. Suspension parts can be pricey to replace and do get worn very quickly. Tyres on it will wear out twice as quickly as most other cars even if you drive it sensibly. I wouldn't buy one as a novice driver as these are cars you do need to know how to drive rather well before buying one as it is prone to lift-off oversteer and not easy to recover from it. Using it on motorways can be fatigue inducing as it isn't geared for long motorway journeys and the suspension setup in it isn't the most comfortable especially for British roads. Interior isn't all that refined and I didn't particularly like the seats in it as the one I had came with the rather hard and uncomfortable seats.

    If you want to buy one then buy a good one rather than a fixer-upper as the parts on it aren't cheap.
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    (Original post by Alfissti)
    As in a Subaru Imprezza WRX STi?

    I had one of those, they are not cheap to insure even for a 30-something bloke with excellent driving record. Surprisingly for all the cars I once owned briefly or otherwise this was the only car that was cheaper to insure in a Central London post code than it was for a rural Oxfordshire location.

    I probably wouldn't buy one on a 2k budget unless it was a project car. These cars do tend to get thrashed about and while the engine and drivetrain in it for the most part is good for 250k everything else in it isn't. Suspension parts can be pricey to replace and do get worn very quickly. Tyres on it will wear out twice as quickly as most other cars even if you drive it sensibly. I wouldn't buy one as a novice driver as these are cars you do need to know how to drive rather well before buying one as it is prone to lift-off oversteer and not easy to recover from it. Using it on motorways can be fatigue inducing as it isn't geared for long motorway journeys and the suspension setup in it isn't the most comfortable especially for British roads. Interior isn't all that refined and I didn't particularly like the seats in it as the one I had came with the rather hard and uncomfortable seats.

    If you want to buy one then buy a good one rather than a fixer-upper as the parts on it aren't cheap.
    Doh, typo. I was referring to a VW Golf SDI.
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    (Original post by bhav777)
    Doh, typo. I was referring to a VW Golf SDI.

    Don't bother with that one, you are better off buying the Golf 1.4 or 1.6 as the SDI engine in a Golf is very underpowered.

    I seriously doubt that SDI is that much cheaper than an equivalent TDI version which is still the one to get.
 
 
 
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