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    • harshitguptaiitr
    • By harshitguptaiitr 4th Nov 18, 6:41 AM
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    Automatic car buy options
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    • 4th Nov 18, 6:41 AM
    Automatic car buy options 4th Nov 18 at 6:41 AM
    Hello

    This is not a "money saving" question directly, so feel free to delete if against the rules.
    I need to buy my first car with automatic gearbox (license for automatic). Budget less than 7500.

    90% of my car use will be for me only, commuting to work. My work place is around 22 miles away and does not really require motorway unless there are road works on other routes.

    Rest will be family trips (within city Grocery shopping, school runs, GP appointments, tourism, travel and entertainment) - with 2 small kids.

    I have a few questions and will help me if you could share experience:

    - Will a body type: hatchback suffice my need - boot space for 2 child buggies and installing two child car seats?

    - What should be the minimum engine size? Will a 1.2L engine size be too small for my needs?

    - Is autotrader the only website to look for used cars?

    - Currently I don't have vehicle, does this mean my search should be limited to within 20 miles radius so that I don't massively overspend in traveling to different places for test drive of car? I don't have any family living locally who could give me lift to far areas for looking at suitable cars.
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    • facade
    • By facade 8th Nov 18, 10:07 AM
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    I wouldn't touch an ecoboost engine at all. There are too many failures and when they go it's a £6,000 repair bill. It's like playing Russian roulette.
    Originally posted by hollie.weimeraner

    Absolutely. 2000 out of 600,000 is a huge number for a failure rate, (especially a £6000 failure, we are not talking about a £50 spring breaking) and remember, there is usually a reason why a car is second hand, so your chances of picking up a problem car are a lot more than the 1 in 300 that it appears to be...
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 8th Nov 18, 11:00 AM
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    My son has an auto Quashqai and it's great although it is diesel. Nice quality car but your budget may be prohibitive.


    We have a couple of Toyota Hybrids which are great especially the Auris estate.
    Originally posted by hollie.weimeraner
    I drove an Auris Hybrid estate in Italy. It was meant to have been an upgrade by Avis from a BMW 220D. Great for space, but the car gave a great impersonation of a dying fly. It was way too whiney. I have driven other Toyota petrol autos in New Zealand - the Corolla non hybrid which is the Auris and a small camper van. Never again. No guts to it at all.
    • bigisi
    • By bigisi 8th Nov 18, 11:52 AM
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    and remember, there is usually a reason why a car is second hand
    Originally posted by facade
    Yes and it's usually that someone has used it before and decided to change.

    Jeez, talk about over exaggeration.
    Last edited by bigisi; 08-11-2018 at 12:06 PM.
    • facade
    • By facade 8th Nov 18, 11:59 AM
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    Yes and it's usually that someone has used it before and decided to change.
    Originally posted by bigisi

    Of course it is


    I assume that you haven't read many of the threads on here about the cars that people sold because they fancied a change then


    There is always something wrong with a second hand car. You hope it is just the balloon was more than it was worth, they really have been given a company car, they are too ashamed to have a 14 plate car on the drive etc., but in my experience, it isn't.
    Last edited by facade; 08-11-2018 at 12:02 PM.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 8th Nov 18, 12:26 PM
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    I drove an Auris Hybrid estate in Italy. It was meant to have been an upgrade by Avis from a BMW 220D. Great for space, but the car gave a great impersonation of a dying fly. It was way too whiney. I have driven other Toyota petrol autos in New Zealand - the Corolla non hybrid which is the Auris and a small camper van. Never again. No guts to it at all.
    Originally posted by Mercdriver

    Can't see how the Auris was an upgrade to the BM definitely a downgrade. As far as the noise is concerned that's just the CVT transmission which I find OK
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    • ratrace
    • By ratrace 8th Nov 18, 1:26 PM
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    op. mk2 Skoda fabia estate 1.6 petrol auto, my old man has one owned it 3 years without any issues with it, its the proper torque converter not the dsg which are prone to fail, it is a bit heavy on fuel i think he gets 30mpg around i was thinking to get it converted on lpg but as he only does 5,000 miles a year its not really worth it, tax is a bit high £240 a year



    Hope that helps
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    • gord115
    • By gord115 8th Nov 18, 4:45 PM
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    What about a Nissan leaf. Ideal for low mileages like yours and very reliable. Also very practical.
    • Grandad99
    • By Grandad99 10th Nov 18, 9:20 PM
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    I have always owned old second hand cars, never bought anything less than 10 years old.

    I have the chance to buy an 06 Hyundai Matrix 1.6 petrol automatic and wonder where it sits in the very detailed upthread description of the various types of automatic systems.

    Mileage is 67,000. Being retired with a wife who finds travelling difficult I do about 4,000 miles a year on just local trips. This would be my first automatic car.

    At £800 could this be a good buy for me?
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 11th Nov 18, 9:22 AM
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    Any issue with the auto box with a car valued at around £800 could make the car a write off. The 4 people I know of who owned older autos (one not so old actually) had serious auto box issues. A test drive may not reveal an auto issue that only happens after driving a longer while. Good old fashioned torque converters are thought to be the most reliable/easiest to have fixed.
    • Grandad99
    • By Grandad99 11th Nov 18, 11:17 AM
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    Thanks buglawton.

    I presume from what you say that the car has an auto box.
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