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Hyundai Coupe 2.0 (auto) 2004+ Watch

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    Thinking of upgrading my 2002 Honda Civic, which was my first car. It's served me very well and is super reliable, but it looks a bit like an old mans car and it has a bump and a scratch on the side(only the scratch was done by me).

    Want something that looks a bit fancier that I can keep for a good few years and not feel embarrassed about. Still needs to be reliable though.

    The Hyundai Coupe 2.0(2004) goes for around £1400 on auto trader with a good mileage so well within my budget. I would also consider the 1.6 version if I can find it for sale in automatic.

    Anyone used this car? Also feel free to to suggest alternate cars in the same price range, just no crappy unreliable french cars please or Volkswagen(not a fan)

    I'd recommend a Toyota Celica, BMW 320 CD, Mercedes C220 CDI coupe or Mercedes CLK220 CDI coupe.

    What's wrong with VW? I'm on my third and they've all been great cars.

    I've heard the Hyundai Coupes are meant to be pretty good and it'd probably be alright to drive with a slushbox if it's attached to a 2 litre. I wouldn't bother with the 1.6/auto combo though, I imagine it'd be pretty slow. I'd stick with Japanese if you want ultimate reliability, how about a Honda Accord? It'll be difficult to find hatchbacks with an automatic, whereas saloons tend to have them more often.

    Toyota MR2 (any version that tickles your fancy) or Mazda MX-5 (NB (2nd gen)) with a hardtop.
    Both are solid, reliable cars, MR2 especially (1st gens can have cosmetic rust issues though).

    If you've never driven a RWD car before, be aware that you have to be more careful with your throttle control (can't just floor it around a corner) to prevent oversteer, especially in a Mid-Rear Engine car like the MR2.
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