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#31 OFFLINE   Lacquer Peel

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:40 AM

Honda FR-V?

 

The Japanese dayvans are hella thirsty, most of them use old indirect injection diesels from pickup trucks.



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:55 AM

I'm now going off on a slightly stupid tangent, but.... are there any Jap offerings that spring to mind? Like the plethora of miniature day-vans they did through the 90s and 00s, but it would ideally need to be a UKDM model with non-wallet-rapey spares. Although I'm guessing most of them were sub-30mpg so maybe not ideal? Mazda Bongos seem to come up occasionally - anyone had any experience of them?

 

Well, my Honda S-MX probably fits the bill. Compulsory auto, though spares aren't always cheap. There is one specialist in the UK. I get 34mpg on a gentle run, 25mpg if I thrash it. Bongos even worse than a K-Series for the dreaded HGF, and I think hideously expensive for what they are.

 

UK market wise, Toyota Yaris Verso? There was also a Corolla Verso. As a tangent, a Perodua Kenari might fit the bill, and they came with auto option.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:03 AM

Wouldn't a Cr-v or a rav 4 be a better idea for the ease of getting in and out, better ride than the van based cars and loads of space in the back, plenty to choose from as well.

 

If you can go bigger then my RX300 is flipping superb for bad back sufferers, you step up in to it, comfy leather seats with power adjustment and a smooth auto, thirsty to run though

 

Get her something with heated seats as well as it really helps your back stay supple when driving



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:30 AM

Regards berlingo automatics. My dad had one as a taxi with the rotary dial on the dash and flappy paddles. His was a 62 plate 1.6hdi 110. Averaged around 44mpg local but the gearbox was a bit lethargic. Remapped at around 40k on clock and strangely helped the mpg and the box was not so dire after either. He got rid of it a few weeks back now for a new one as it was just over 200k on clock.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 11:40 AM

Some top suggestions, thanks people :)

I'd completely overlooked small 4x4s like the Ignis, they could well be ideal. Might take a closer look at Moves/Wagns too, although I think they'd be much the same fit as the A-class. Diesel isn't a necessity anyway, as long as they're not too thirsty.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:11 PM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:51 PM

Some top suggestions, thanks people :)

I'd completely overlooked small 4x4s like the Ignis, they could well be ideal. Might take a closer look at Moves/Wagns too, although I think they'd be much the same fit as the A-class. Diesel isn't a necessity anyway, as long as they're not too thirsty.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

I've got a zafira "A" and if you buy well they are an excellent car, so easy to drive, easy to park as the vision is GR7 M9.

Mine being the 2.2pez is most likely one of the thirstier versions but still returns a minimum of 30mpg, that's fill to fill as well, not just the computer (which is actually very accurate).


Don't seem to rust bad and tons upon tons to choose from, I still see loads on the road everyday.

Easy enough to work on to and share most of the oily bits with an Astra g so easy to get spares for.

I find it very relaxing to drive in an inexplicable way but I think it maybe due to the nice high driving position, torquey engine and general dash layout.

Not sure on budget but a grand should see you in a really decent well looked after one, probably a 1.8 would suffice with them.

Not 100% sure but if it is the same autobox as an Astra f they last forever and are a very simple affair to use, no shitty CVT rubbish, solid 3/4spd items.

Hers had covered well over 150K and never murmured.

Yes the b version is a bit better looking etc but if budget is low then often a better example of the old shape represents better value.

Be aware though, I bought mine from auction with little service history and it was breathing/leaking a bit of oil. This turned out to be an issue with cylinder 3 compression, it was a slow starter as well. Trouble was it ticked all the boxes, one owner, good miles, good bodywork, dealer plates, nice spec in elegance, but it had clearly been driven and driven until it started breaking and never serviced causing terminal engine failure.

Saying that, I bought a whole other Astra 2.2 for £100 which is the beauty of these things, parts are pence and everywhere, but, buy well in the beginning and it will not be a bad purchase at all.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:22 PM

Yaris Verso auto - end of.

 

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The which article they reference is where I recall reading this years ago, and can't find it now but the seats are nice and high up, and flat too, so you can swivel on your bum getting out. The sills are also very low too so you don't need to raise your feet much to get out.

 

Also:

 

http://www.independe...ts-1830386.html

 

A hatchback Yaris has a small boot, though you can fold the seats in the back down to make a small van basically. The Verso is huge in the back. Should get change from £750. 1.3 vvti is a very good engine with a cam chain. easily good for 200k.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:25 PM

The early Ford Fusions are cheap now and easy to get in and out top spec Fusion 3's like mine have reasonably comfortable but slightly narrow seats for the larger gentleman. Avoid the semi auto durashift. Ride isn't great though. Not sure it's better than the a class!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:02 PM

It's a shame the Skoda Roomster is as new as it is, bet that'd have been a good option too.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:43 AM

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:31 PM

It's a shame the Skoda Roomster is as new as it is, bet that'd have been a good option too.

 

It's not new - it started in 2006.

 

I don't think it would tick the box though - the seats aren't high like a van. It's a Fabia with a stretched arse, not a van-derived car like a Berlingo.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 12:41 PM

Grand Voyager. That is all!



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:00 PM

Hr-v are a cracking motor, great value used as well.

Crv could be yours for under a grand but wouldn't suit economy as most likely a pez model although that are pretty tough so that could be a saving on repairs.

Tough one.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:48 PM

 505 Dangel ??



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:49 PM

Or a 504 pov Dangel ??



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:53 PM

The seats aren't high in a Berlingo. Very much regular car height


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:11 PM

Hr-v are a cracking motor, great value used as well.

Crv could be yours for under a grand but wouldn't suit economy as most likely a pez model although that are pretty tough so that could be a saving on repairs.

Tough one.

HRVs are mega thirsty too

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:19 PM

Voyager swb ... What my Bil has used (in lwb form)for years because of back probs ... Plentyful and cheap (the older ones)though the pez versions are thirsty obvs.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:57 PM

I'd completely overlooked small 4x4s like the Ignis, they could well be ideal.

 

Ignis-es are very easy to get into and the seats are very comfortable (could have been out of a 1980s Renault !) but the suspension is unfortunately really, really hard - I certainly wouldn't recommend them to someone with back problems.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:42 PM

hunda jizz- magic seat mean wheelchair can go in back and still have boot room for the garden centre


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:53 PM

Some galaxy have captains seats that you can spin out towards the doorway....makes getting in easy

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:21 PM

Suggestions? Here's an Idea.

 

Smoll and Toll.

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:40 AM

The lady I got my felicia from had the same issue (difficulty getting in and out), she bought a Suzuki thing... tall car.. sx4. Said it was perfect for the plant bum and swivel type motion.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:52 PM

A bit late but Ssangyong Rodius?

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:25 PM

My parents have a 1.8 C Max, it's nice to drive and they get mid 30's from it. Its a lot higher seat wise than the equivalent focus but is still mid sized footprint wise so not a massive thing to be driving around in. That does mean it has a decent but not huge boot with the seats in the normal position. I've been recovered with a snapped push bike chain in both that and a friends Zafira and the later swallowed the bike with no issues, the C Max needed a lot more jiggling. 

 

If they went to look at one I'd definitely take the wheelchair to double check it was simple to get it in / out.



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:35 PM

The OP asked the question five months ago, so hopefully they got something sorted  :-P

 

So, what did they get in the end?



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:56 PM

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 05:45 PM

...and are still driving it home, last seen doing nearly 18mph with the accelerator planted in 2nd gear


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