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    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 20th Jun 19, 4:46 PM
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    Recommendations for my next car
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    • 20th Jun 19, 4:46 PM
    Recommendations for my next car 20th Jun 19 at 4:46 PM
    Hello


    I have a petrol Astra that I bought when it was 3 years old with 30,000 on the clock.


    It's been a great car, but it's time to trade it in for something newer. I'm thinking of another car around 3 years old.


    My last car was also an Astra, and I'm thinking of getting an Astra for my next car. However, I have a little time to think about it, and would like alternative suggestions.


    I would like something about the same size as an Astra. I usually get a 1.6 litre engine, but I've noticed many of the ones currently for sale have 1.4l engines. Are the current 1.4l similar to the older 1.6l?


    I would also consider other brands, but am not up-to-date with these. I'm looking for something that's reasonable to insure, easy to get spare parts for, and nothing too fancy.


    Any suggestions?
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    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 20th Jun 19, 5:15 PM
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    Merc A35, thread closed, keep it 6 years instead of 3.
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 20th Jun 19, 5:23 PM
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    Merc A35, thread closed, keep it 6 years instead of 3.
    Originally posted by DUTR



    Just done a search. The only negative is that it's twice the price, so not for me!
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 20th Jun 19, 5:29 PM
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    • 20th Jun 19, 5:29 PM
    As this is MSE....

    Keep your current car til it is no longer viable.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 20th Jun 19, 5:36 PM
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    • 20th Jun 19, 5:36 PM
    Fiat Tipo: one-size-up* motoring for those who are are not bothered about the fine details of rear suspension.

    Peugeot 3008: probably the best balance of quality, looks, practicality and price in the segment.

    Citroen C3 Aircross: if you value ride comfort.

    Vauxhall GrandlandX: it's a Peugeot 3008 with all the style removed and a Vauxhall badge added.



    * C-segment car for a B-segment price.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 20th Jun 19, 6:15 PM
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    Fiat Tipo: one-size-up* motoring for those who are are not bothered about the fine details of rear suspension.

    Peugeot 3008: probably the best balance of quality, looks, practicality and price in the segment.

    Citroen C3 Aircross: if you value ride comfort.

    Vauxhall GrandlandX: it's a Peugeot 3008 with all the style removed and a Vauxhall badge added.



    * C-segment car for a B-segment price.
    Originally posted by jimbo6977
    3-year-old French and Italian cars are probably fighting for bottom place in the reliability league.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 20th Jun 19, 6:22 PM
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    • 20th Jun 19, 6:22 PM
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    • 20th Jun 19, 6:22 PM
    3 year-old French and Italian cars are probably fighting for bottom place in the reliability league
    3008 came 5th in 2018 reliability survey
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 20th Jun 19, 6:43 PM
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    I'm definitely interested in reliability.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 20th Jun 19, 7:57 PM
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    • 20th Jun 19, 7:57 PM
    I'm definitely interested in reliability.
    Originally posted by Annie1960
    No need to look any further than a Toyota.

    I saw a vid yesterday of a US 200,000 mile Prius. The engine was bone dry, no drips or evidence of leaks anywhere on the engine. The batteries still worked as they should, suspension hadn't been touched, climate control worked, no play in any of the key components, original exhaust.

    The mechanic reviewing it can't understand how Toyota do it and keep doing it decade after decade, no other manufacturer comes close.
    • Clive Woody
    • By Clive Woody 21st Jun 19, 3:25 PM
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    Skoda Octavia 1.4l petrol - there are a host of different spec models to choose from depending on budget. Well equipped car that is spacious, reliable and cheap to service.
    "We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about” – Albert Einstein
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 21st Jun 19, 4:37 PM
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    Skoda Octavia 1.4l petrol - there are a host of different spec models to choose from depending on budget. Well equipped car that is spacious, reliable and cheap to service.
    Originally posted by Clive Woody



    It's interesting that many cars now seem to be 1.4l, whereas in the past it seems to me that 1.6l was more common.


    Am I imagining this?
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 21st Jun 19, 4:46 PM
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    It's interesting that many cars now seem to be 1.4l, whereas in the past it seems to me that 1.6l was more common.


    Am I imagining this?
    Originally posted by Annie1960
    Turbo charging means a smaller engine can be used with more power. Current Mercedes 2.0L engines are kicking out more than their 5.0L V8's from 15 years ago.
    "Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe"
    Albert Einstein
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 21st Jun 19, 5:13 PM
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    Skoda Octavia 1.4l petrol - there are a host of different spec models to choose from depending on budget. Well equipped car that is spacious, reliable and cheap to service.
    Originally posted by Clive Woody
    If you mean a TSi reliability isn't a word which immediately springs to mind.

    With about 5 major redesigns in 10-12 years to try and get it right it had more false starts than an amateur 100m sprinter.

    I'd avoid any petrol with a turbo if reliability is key.
    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 21st Jun 19, 5:32 PM
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    If you mean a TSi reliability isn't a word which immediately springs to mind.

    With about 5 major redesigns in 10-12 years to try and get it right it had more false starts than an amateur 100m sprinter.

    I'd avoid any petrol with a turbo if reliability is key.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    I think things have moved on since the Renault 5 Gordini.
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 21st Jun 19, 6:23 PM
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    VW golf or Honda Civic would spring to mind.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 21st Jun 19, 6:37 PM
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    I think things have moved on since the Renault 5 Gordini.
    Originally posted by DUTR
    Our last car had a turbo, it lasted 15,000 miles, it was a 17 reg.
    • BananaRepublic
    • By BananaRepublic 21st Jun 19, 7:12 PM
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    Our last car had a turbo, it lasted 15,000 miles, it was a 17 reg.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    What was the car and engine? Otherwise it’s a bit like saying “A french man committed a crime, therefore all french men are criminals”.
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 21st Jun 19, 7:18 PM
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    Our last car had a turbo, it lasted 15,000 miles, it was a 17 reg.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    My last car was a petrol turbo from 2003. Sold about a year ago and the turbo still worked perfectly.
    • jimbo6977
    • By jimbo6977 21st Jun 19, 8:14 PM
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    We have a 2002 Renault Megane converible that only comes out for the summer. Has a 1.6 non-turbo engine and goes just fine - plenty of poke.

    My regular daily driver has a Fiat 1.4 turbo from 2012. Again loads of poke no problem.

    However the other day I had a brand new Ssangyong Tivoli as a courtesy car, with a 1.6 non-turbo engine. I put my foot down to build up speed on a slip road and nothing happened. Nothing at all. The Tivoli is for very sedate drivers only!

    From what I can tell the emissions regs over the last 10-15 years have directed manufacturers to produce very efficient engines for cruising at 100km/h 60mph in nice easy conditions, but in non-turbo engines this has come at the expense of any kind of torque.
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