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    • shinytop
    • By shinytop 7th Jan 19, 12:50 PM
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    Giving up company car
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    • 7th Jan 19, 12:50 PM
    Giving up company car 7th Jan 19 at 12:50 PM
    I will be giving up my fully funded (including fuel) company car later this year so will for the first time in 15 years have to buy my own. Im therefore looking for suggestions. My situation/criteria:

    c. 8k
    20k miles/year, mostly long trips
    Automatic
    dont particularly want a SUV but wouldnt discount it
    needs to be at least Focus-sized, preferably bigger

    I have no ideological objection to diesel and dont care about brand/image. Id keep it for 3 years or so. Im also not bothered about age but needs to be reliable. I get my speed fix on 2 wheels so should be built for comfort rather than speed. I was looking at the normal Ford/Vauxhall offerings but would consider something left field. I have had good experiences with VW and BMW company cars and have a (maybe unfounded view) that French and (normal) Italian cars are shyte.
    Any thoughts?
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 7th Jan 19, 1:01 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:01 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:01 PM
    A diesel Insignia or Mondeo (or possibly a Passat or Octavia) may suit your needs. (Your annual mileage and usage profile suggests diesel over petrol).
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    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 7th Jan 19, 1:49 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:49 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:49 PM
    I have had good experiences with VW and BMW company cars and have a (maybe unfounded view) that French and (normal) Italian cars are shyte.
    Any thoughts?
    Originally posted by shinytop
    I have an Italian car and it's bloody amazing.
    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 7th Jan 19, 1:54 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:54 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 1:54 PM
    I have an Italian car and it's bloody amazing.
    Originally posted by robatwork
    Me too !!!!
    • loskie
    • By loskie 7th Jan 19, 2:25 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 2:25 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 2:25 PM
    Volvo S60 diesel 2.4
    https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201809280973070?radius=1500&fuel-type=Diesel&price-to=8500&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New& onesearchad=New&minimum-badge-engine-size=2.4&advertising-location=at_cars&sort=year-desc&make=VOLVO&model=S60&postcode=dg71tr&page=1


    Note the sensibly sized wheels. If you said estate also look at V60/V70
    • shinytop
    • By shinytop 7th Jan 19, 8:08 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 8:08 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 8:08 PM
    Volvo S60 looks a possibility. Any thoughts on a Jag - they seem well equipped and not as expensive as I thought. Or are they exotic money-pits?


    And I'm sure there are some v. nice Italian cars, just maybe not the kind I'm looking for...
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 7th Jan 19, 8:15 PM
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    • #7
    • 7th Jan 19, 8:15 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 8:15 PM
    Volvo S60 looks a possibility. Any thoughts on a Jag - they seem well equipped and not as expensive as I thought. Or are they exotic money-pits?


    And I'm sure there are some v. nice Italian cars, just maybe not the kind I'm looking for...
    Originally posted by shinytop
    I looked at a Jaguar XE but decided against when I found out they charge 500 just so the back seats go down... I took one on a test drive also as heard the ride was great... couldn't feel any difference between that and my ford focus!
    • edde
    • By edde 7th Jan 19, 10:26 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:26 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:26 PM
    If you can go manual that would men I'd recommend the ford or vauxhall else I'd recommend other makes.
    Vauxhall 2.0 and 1.7 engined autos gearbox are not reliable unless you take a lot of care and even then they aren't great
    Same for Ford I wouldn't trust auto gearboxes to 100k.
    • Scrapit
    • By Scrapit 12th Jan 19, 12:53 AM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 12:53 AM
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    • 12th Jan 19, 12:53 AM
    You are making a mistake if your current arrangement includes fuel
    • shinytop
    • By shinytop 12th Jan 19, 9:31 AM
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    You are making a mistake if your current arrangement includes fuel
    My employer is a good one but even they won't pay for my fuel after I resign.
    • Scrapit
    • By Scrapit 13th Jan 19, 10:35 PM
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    My employer is a good one but even they won't pay for my fuel after I resign.
    Originally posted by shinytop
    That certainly makes more sense.
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