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Good reliable family car.
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traveller
Old 31-12-2007, 7:23 PM
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Default Good reliable family car.

Hi, I'm due to have my 4th child in may,so have decided to get back behind the wheel again!I know nothing much about cars and was wondering if anyone can recommend a decent reliable car, for family of five.I'll hopefully have around 3,500-4000 to play with.Only requirements are manual,petrol and as small a model as I could realistically get away with,preferably not a saloon,as my parking isn't the best .Thanks.
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Old 31-12-2007, 7:35 PM
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Ford Focus? A very safe bet. Not the trendiest car on the road but good for the family.
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Old 31-12-2007, 7:39 PM
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[quote=balsingh;7557895]Ford Focus? A very safe bet. Not the trendiest car on the road but good for the family.[/quot
I agree.Bought the missus a diesel one from auction to go to work in and was very suprised at how well it drove and the fuel economy is good.It is not however a thing of beauty but it does what it says on the tin and they are cheap used
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Old 31-12-2007, 7:40 PM
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Honda Jazz - and the seats fold flat at the back. Failing that a second-hand toyota yaris - good for the family, economical to run, comfortable drive, easy to park. Plus you can buy some additional parking sensors to help you park safely especially if you are in the habit of bumping into things.
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Old 31-12-2007, 7:43 PM
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a focus again here. ive had 2.
a petrol and my present diesel tdi. 60mpg!
very hard to beat for the money.
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my daughter has a new 1.4 yaris and she loves it.
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yep,focus again,it should meet all you requirements,and i tend to disagree,i think it is a good looking car,and a nice dash board aswell.
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i was going to suggest mondeo, until you said you want something small..
i'll back up the other choices for the focus.

why petrol though?
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Old 31-12-2007, 9:25 PM
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Hi, thanks to everyone that has replied! I specified petrol as that's all I was familiar with before.Is there any great difference or advantage of either?
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Old 31-12-2007, 9:34 PM
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Previous model Astra 1.6 Club - the 8valve engine.

No street cred, low running costs, easy to fix, well within your budget & only bad thing, the seats are uncomfortable & not only me saying that, lots others do, so sit in it & take a reasonable test drive.

As for Focus, it is popular, but means more £$£$ & if you park it next to Astra, it's MUCH bigger, too.

& I find them totally impossible to feel 'comfortable' when driving them.

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if you're getting a newer cleaner diesel car, say a focus with a TDCi Engine, you could benefit from better fuel consumption, thus reducing your running costs.... it is something to look into ..
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Mazda 323, purchased one new in May 2000, never had anything go wrong at all, still has original battery and exhaust, nearly 8 years old.

Cheap to run, plenty of room inside.
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I myself am considering a brand new Focus - with the new model out any day now I am hoping to perhaps find an excellent price on the outgoing model. On the DrivetheDeal website there are some quite keen prices (albeit they were only valid up to the end of December), but really I want to buy from a local main dealer. Has anyone been able to get any good deals from their local dealer?
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:03 AM
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Hi, thanks to everyone that has replied! I specified petrol as that's all I was familiar with before.Is there any great difference or advantage of either?

To decide between Petrol or Diesel you really need to do your sums. Additional cost of purchasing the car versus your annual mileage and the higher cost of diesel over petrol all in conjunction with the mpg of both.

My other concern is that with a family of five the favourite suggestion on here might prove a little small especially if you are travelling any distance or going on holiday or have dogs etc I think you really want to think long and hard what you are going to be doing before buying your car. An MPV or a slightly larger estate might be more appropriate.

I would take your time on this you don't mention how many cars the family will have and assuming you will have more than one what the other is and if it will do the longer trips.
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Hi, there will only be one car in the family.The kids ages are 15, 11, 8 and a newborn in may.We don't holiday in England, but I would want it to drive to the airport when we go away.In the main, the car will be for shopping trips,dropping kids off at various clubs ect and any other social events.We don't have any dogs ect to factor in.
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maybe look at the focus estate to give yourself a bit more room...
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as above the focus estate or even the focus saloon with the larger boot to fit all the cases in.
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As much as the Toyota Yaris is a good car, the boot would be far too small for you! There isn't room for a pushchair or any of the 'clobber' that kids need - also it wouldn't be big enough inside for everyone!

Try the Toyota Corolla instead - very reliable.
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With 4 children I would certainly go for an MPV. I dont know which one to recommend though because I am in the process of choosing one myself.
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We've had Renault Scenics from when my children were aged 13, 11 and 9 - we drove all over Europe and have never had any problems in eleven years (touch wood ). Plenty of space for luggage too. We chose the Scenic as each child had his own "separate" seat and that makes it even more versatile with the folding down combinations.

However, with 4 children you will need something a bit bigger to give seats for 6 - maybe a Zafira or the recent Scenic Grand both of which can seat 7 people (Scenic Grand may still be out of your price range)

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A 4x4 off-road vehicle simply for the pure fact of that it is a big, spacious and 100% safe for all your family.

No car is 100% safe, if it is driven badly, what a silly statement to make.. :rolleyes:
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