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kia ceed or ford focus

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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DONZERELLADONZERELLA Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
hubbies fiat brava has died and we want to replace it with a family car - 5 door, petrol , manual. We are looking at spending about £4000 - I know this isn't much - and were looking at the ford focus or the fiat ceed. We are after something functional and practical, reliable and cheap to repair. Suggestions and advice please.

Thanks in advance!!

Donna

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  • forgotmynameforgotmyname Forumite
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    Spend half that on a 2006 or 2007 MK3 Mondeo.

    Keep £2000 in the bank to sort any repairs that need doing. If it doesnt need any you have cheap motoring.

    2L petrol is the most reliable. Diesels are OK is they are one owner or come from a fleet. But wary of cheap 2nd hand diesels the previous owner may has sold it because it needs work.
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  • oliverroliverr Forumite
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    I presume you mean the Kia Cee'd, not the Fiat Cee'd. Both cars have good reviews, but if it were my money I would choose the Focus. It's got good engines and should be more reliable than the Kia, although Korean cars reliability is getting better now.

    Parts are also on the cheaper side and are more common. It's also lost most of it's value by then and when you come to sell it, a Ford badge is probably better than a Kia's.

    Both are of a similar size and build inside, but I would choose the focus. Hope this helps a bit... :)
  • zartubzartub Forumite
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    I have had 2 kia`s from new and do about 6000 miles a month & have not had any issues at all with both of my ceed`s if that helps ( and only £30 a year road tax too )
  • wallbashwallbash
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    They sell more Focus's then Kia here in UK , Why??

    People have chosen with their wallets , you should also buy the focus.
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    wallbash wrote: »
    They sell more Focus's then Kia here in UK , Why??

    People have chosen with their wallets , you should also buy the focus.

    Best-selling doesn't always mean 'best' in any area of life in my experience?!

    You'd probably get a newer C'eed for your money, but depreciation is higher, (but if you're going to run it for a few years, that becomes less important over time).

    Ford should be cheaper to look after due to cost/availability of parts and service centres.

    I've got the C'eed's 'sister' car, Hyundai i30, and although it's not very exciting (not sure the Focus is either?), I got a newer car with more kit than I would have buying a Ford. So far, the Hyundai's been great.....
  • wallbash wrote: »
    They sell more Focus's then Kia here in UK , Why??

    People have chosen with their wallets , you should also buy the focus.

    Ford give big discounts to fleets and that's why they sell - to companies and not to people.

    When there were figures during the scrapage scheme for what people bought with their own money Hyundai was the top seller and Kia not so far behind.

    I'd vote Cee'd, it's a well made car and you'll get a few years warranty left on a 2008 car which you'd get for 4k. As for depreciation, they all drop like a stone, by the time you come to part ex they'll all be worthless anyway!
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