I love my car because ....

MikeJXE
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It's the one luxury I have and can afford 

It suits my lifestyle of being able to go anywhere on a whim, 50 miles or 500 miles whenever the fit takes me I can just get in and go. 

I love to drive, it's my 4th anniversary

29th December 2019. I bought a Jaguar approved used, immaculate condition.

3 year old 1 owner 2016 66 plate 22,000 miles on the clock 

I had been looking for weeks for this spec, colour, price and low milage and spotted this online at Stratstone Stockton, 100 miles from home, booked a viewing and paid a holding fee, test drove it and made the deal, they gave me more for my Fiesta eco boost Titanium  than I expected.  I took it home the same day.

Jaguar XE Portfolio auto  diesel in Firenze red, beige leather interior on sale at £16,000 

A 4 year old similar milage would cost £20,000 today

I have logged all cost for the last 4 years 

My longest return journey in one day was 622 miles on a full tank to Perranporth Cornwall 19/05/2020 during relaxed rules on Covid, 3am start, the roads were almost empty, plenty of commercial but only a dozen or so cars. 

My longest single journey with 1 coffee stop (from a flask 10 min). was 455 miles to north Scotland in September this year, 4am start 7.5 hours. It took me 13.5 hours to get back due to milk lorry accident closed the M6. 

Highest milage on a full tank was 721 giving 69 mpg. My lowest mpg on a full tank was 41. The cheapest diesel was in May 2020 at £1.06 Ltr and the most expensive was July 2022 at £1.96 Ltr 


Purchase price £16,000.

My total miles to date 20,020

Total fuel litre   1,924


Total fuel cost 2,693.00


Services 2, Jaguar approved 564.00

Air-con gas refill 130.00

Tyres 2 280.00

Car tax x4 120,00

MOT 4 x3 125.00

Parts 1 ABS sensor fitted 130.00


Total running costs = £4.042 not including Insurance 

The car is as thrilling to drive now as the day I bought it. 

I have no doubt this could be my last car. 



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  • Brie
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    I've got a tiddler VW up which I love.  Found for me second hand at the local dealership by my OH.

    I love that it's peppy, small so easy to park, but with just me in it can hold loads of carp which is good for me trekking to the tip or whatever.  I don't go far - it's meant for here to work and back and toodling to the shops - so in 5 years I've only done about 15k miles.  My OH can just about squeeze in to it so doesn't drive it preferring his monster truck (Volvo SUV) which is nice but not as perky as an up.  He complains about the fact I have never cleaned the interior and that moss is growing around the windows (I do scrape this off every few months and have been know to take it through the car wash.)

    I've not logged anything really about mileage or how much I've spent on it.  I did realise a couple of months back that I haven't done anything beyond an MOT for 3 or 4 years so really need to get an oil change etc next time.  
    "Never retract, never explain, never apologise; get things done and let them howl.”
  • MikeJXE
    MikeJXE Posts: 3,033
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    Brie said:
    I've got a tiddler VW up which I love.  Found for me second hand at the local dealership by my OH.

    I love that it's peppy, small so easy to park, but with just me in it can hold loads of carp which is good for me trekking to the tip or whatever.  I don't go far - it's meant for here to work and back and toodling to the shops - so in 5 years I've only done about 15k miles.  My OH can just about squeeze in to it so doesn't drive it preferring his monster truck (Volvo SUV) which is nice but not as perky as an up.  He complains about the fact I have never cleaned the interior and that moss is growing around the windows (I do scrape this off every few months and have been know to take it through the car wash.)

    I've not logged anything really about mileage or how much I've spent on it.  I did realise a couple of months back that I haven't done anything beyond an MOT for 3 or 4 years so really need to get an oil change etc next time.  
    Lol you remind me of my niece she had a golf and never cleaned it inside or out 

     A pub landlady by trade. 

    It was locally know as THE SKIP 
  • Car_54
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    Brie said:
    I love that it's peppy, small so easy to park, but with just me in it can hold loads of carp  next time.  
    Sounds a bit fishy ...
  • Krakkkers
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    Had my Focus ST diesel for 6 years now and had it chipped to around 235 bhp, can do 60 mpg on a run and only £20 a year road tax. Range is around 600+ miles.
  • Car_54
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    Krakkkers said:
    Had my Focus ST diesel for 6 years now and had it chipped to around 235 bhp, can do 60 mpg on a run and only £20 a year told them road tax. Range is around 600+ miles.
    And how much did your insurance premiums increase when you told them about the chipping.
  • Krakkkers
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    Only £12.50p
  • Just thinking about the cars that stood out...

    Ford Puma 1.7.  Great chassis - picked the car up at 4pm and covered over 200 miles in that first evening together...  Sold for a sensible family Mercedes after three years and 80,000 miles.  Had a habit of eating front tyres in 8,000 miles, so the 'all-in' maintenance service plan proved incredible value.

    Fiat Maria Weekend 1.9JTD.  Picked up with a mere 173,000km on the clock (engine had just been replaced because the cam belt hadn't been changed and had snapped).  Only had one key - ran it for five years before selling to my tame mechanic for €1,000 with just under 400,000km on the clock.  Just run in.

    Skoda Fabia 1.2 'HTP'.  Bought new through the Spanish scrappage scheme for €7,000.  The 3 cylinder engine released just 60 horses at full pelt, yet it regularly took four of us from the south of Spain to the north of Scotland without any issue.

    Dacia Logan 1.5dCi.  Bought for buttons as an ex-demo with 3k miles on the clock - sold three years later with 90k on the clock having lost no more than £2.50 in value.  Averaged 60mpg and never went wrong.

    Renault Zoe.  Barely sat-in ex-ONTO subscription car with 2k miles on the clock bought for 60% off.  Even in winter we're getting over 300mpg in old money, insurance was an extra £22 a year and it hasn't caught fire once ;)
  • Ganga
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    Just thinking about the cars that stood out...

    Ford Puma 1.7.  Great chassis - picked the car up at 4pm and covered over 200 miles in that first evening together...  Sold for a sensible family Mercedes after three years and 80,000 miles.  Had a habit of eating front tyres in 8,000 miles, so the 'all-in' maintenance service plan proved incredible value.

    Fiat Maria Weekend 1.9JTD.  Picked up with a mere 173,000km on the clock (engine had just been replaced because the cam belt hadn't been changed and had snapped).  Only had one key - ran it for five years before selling to my tame mechanic for €1,000 with just under 400,000km on the clock.  Just run in.

    Skoda Fabia 1.2 'HTP'.  Bought new through the Spanish scrappage scheme for €7,000.  The 3 cylinder engine released just 60 horses at full pelt, yet it regularly took four of us from the south of Spain to the north of Scotland without any issue.

    Dacia Logan 1.5dCi.  Bought for buttons as an ex-demo with 3k miles on the clock - sold three years later with 90k on the clock having lost no more than £2.50 in value.  Averaged 60mpg and never went wrong.

    Renault Zoe.  Barely sat-in ex-ONTO subscription car with 2k miles on the clock bought for 60% off.  Even in winter we're getting over 300mpg in old money, insurance was an extra £22 a year and it hasn't caught fire once ;)
    Can you explain please.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
  • Ditzy_Mitzy
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    It does what I want it to and it was free!  Money saving at its finest.  Being an old Focus, it's also good to drive.  
  • Ganga said:
    Just thinking about the cars that stood out...

    Ford Puma 1.7.  Great chassis - picked the car up at 4pm and covered over 200 miles in that first evening together...  Sold for a sensible family Mercedes after three years and 80,000 miles.  Had a habit of eating front tyres in 8,000 miles, so the 'all-in' maintenance service plan proved incredible value.

    Fiat Maria Weekend 1.9JTD.  Picked up with a mere 173,000km on the clock (engine had just been replaced because the cam belt hadn't been changed and had snapped).  Only had one key - ran it for five years before selling to my tame mechanic for €1,000 with just under 400,000km on the clock.  Just run in.

    Skoda Fabia 1.2 'HTP'.  Bought new through the Spanish scrappage scheme for €7,000.  The 3 cylinder engine released just 60 horses at full pelt, yet it regularly took four of us from the south of Spain to the north of Scotland without any issue.

    Dacia Logan 1.5dCi.  Bought for buttons as an ex-demo with 3k miles on the clock - sold three years later with 90k on the clock having lost no more than £2.50 in value.  Averaged 60mpg and never went wrong.

    Renault Zoe.  Barely sat-in ex-ONTO subscription car with 2k miles on the clock bought for 60% off.  Even in winter we're getting over 300mpg in old money, insurance was an extra £22 a year and it hasn't caught fire once ;)
    Can you explain please.
    A gallon of petrol, bought locally, costs the same amount as the quantity of electrons needed to motivate said electric vehicle for 308 miles.  In summer this will likely be north of 350.
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