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#1 ONLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:05 AM

Hey folks, a really good friend of mine (one of the proper ones) is looking for a solid good reliable car for his young family.  He's been burnt a million times and had countless FTPs after buying from dealers etc.

He's a really good sort and doesn't deserve the cards he's been dealt.  He's not mechanically minded really though.

So, budget of about a grand, needs a million months MOT, solid and grand in all important ways and not sold by a twunt.  Safe for a new wee family.

We can do this, right?

Somewhere between Leeds and Notts would be good.

He's lots less weird than I.

Cheers hey,

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:48 AM

Shame my old 416 isn't still doing the rounds, not sure what Rovhunter is doing with it yet. That said I think it's a bit lacking in the airbag department, being little more than a late '80s Civic with a bit more structure.


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#3 ONLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:01 AM

Cheers anyway Max.  Still, a hook up this year, yeah?


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:10 AM

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Plenty of MoT, £500, Stockton-on-Tees.

 

I'm willing to deliver at cost providing the buyer is willing to buy it without haggling on delivery.

 

I've treated it to new brakes, radiator, head gasket (done properly), water pump, timing belt, clutch, fluids, shocks, springs, suspension bushes, and even windscreen so it's about as good as these ever get and it does drive well.  All of this is documented in the build diary linked in my signature.  I would recommend fitting a new catalytic converter for the next MoT and will be doing so myself if it doesn't sell before that's due.  There is absolutely no rot on this car.  The paint is less than perfect, as is to be expected at this price, and easily sorted, indeed it's another job for me when the weather improves.

 

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I'd drive this thing anywhere.  Regularly taken it from Stockon-on-Tees to Maidstone and back with no bother at all.  I'd prefer it to go to someone that will look after it, as I have.


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#5 ONLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:34 AM

Cheers boyo - a bit too 'out there' for Andy though - no harm to you.  I would rock it (maybe will at some point) but I think he's after a regular looking motor though.  The wife needs it too!  If you see what I mean...


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:35 AM

Comes with original wheels and trims to tone things down, original springs too if you want it sitting higher and riding a bit softer.



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 04:06 AM

Not another one of those stupid recommend me a car threads, please.

If he can't even decide on what fucking motorcar to buy, he shouldn't have shagged himself a young family.

 

If I were in his situation, I'd buy a Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon with the LT1 and a Jaaaag V12 and a hearse and be done with it once and for all. Because this is Autoshite, not a forum for the socially irresponsible.

I'm getting sick and tired of this shit.

 

Hint: This has not the potential of becoming the TOFY 2019, or some such pointless bullshit.

 

EOM.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:16 AM

An Almera should suit him.................


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:44 AM

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:56 AM

Peugeot 406. Mine was lovely, till I sold it to my brother who wrecked. Then I bought 2 407s.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:14 AM

Mazda 6 petrol ?

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:23 AM

Got to be Japanese with those requirements.
Late Corolla would fit the bill. Just tell him to check the oil level every week without fail.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:01 AM

Got to be Japanese with those requirements.
The Doctor's Corolla would fit the bill. Just tell him to check the oil level every week without fail.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:12 AM

Small car?  Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris is where I'd be looking.  Petrol versions, just make sure they're not rusty and they should last for years.

 

Medium car?  Honda Civic is my best bet, petrol again.  The spaceship ones are good but the previous generation ones will probably buy you a nicer condition car for your budget.  They're roomy inside too.

 

We've recently got a Honda CRV which is plenty big enough for the family.  You regularly see them on ebay with 150k on the clock so if you can find one with 100k (we found one with 80k) then it's a good sign it will last well.

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:17 AM

Jazz, Focus, Yaris. Get a good ANYTHING and it'll do well. Get a shit one and it won't. There's no bulletproof cars and everything has the potential to go wrong. Lengthen the odds with a 1990s Japanese car though.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:35 AM

The Astra that Pete and I are working on presently will be up for sale once it goes through the MOT. It has 4 months at present but we reckon it'd sell better with a full test.

It is a 1.4 with 103k, there isnt much history with it buton pulling the air filter, it has a recent date code and is like new, so it has obviously has some care.

It'll be in coningsby when it comes back from the MOT.

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:25 AM

you make it sound a bit like he cant be bothered to open the bonnet /maintain it at all , id be wary of helping some of those types, get them in a clean motor and they will still wreck it then be blaming you for recommending the shit car 

 

 

cleanest honda or toyota would be the best bet ....still needs care to keep going though


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:14 AM

Volvo V40.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:21 AM

I did 30'000 trouble free miles in a Reliant Rialto van. I did 1000 hateful,unreliable tortuous miles in a Fiat Panda.
Moral? It's down to the individual car,rather than make or model half the time. I've never bought from a dealer,my view is : why should I pay for his holiday,and they gave the facilities and gallons of silicone to hide anything wrong.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:36 AM

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:52 AM

Well, my heart says -  buy a pre 2000 Volvo estate/wagon(gee, i didnt see that one comin!!)...allround bloody good vesatile solid car, low on maintenance...but can be big bucks when it all goes tits up, fuel economy aint the best, parts are not cheap. But for the most part, just drive it, till it goes wrong.

 

My head says - get a Japanese small MPV type vehicle(not a full blown 7 seater) but one of those 5 seater jobs.

Take your pick...Honda/Suzuki/Toyota/Nissan/Mazda etc.

 

Avoid dealers(unless they are the rare "alright ones") most of dont tell you enough about the car/bullshit all day long, just to get you "on site", hoping your gonna buy any ole crap.

 

Note - Im not slagging all dealers off, ive bought a few cars from the trade, and been very happy with the out come :-D


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:54 AM

I would steer him towards Japanese. Toyota in particular. Cant think of anything else I would honestly describe as bulletproof, apart from Mercs over 25 years old.

I would also avoid anything French, but Im sure others will disagree.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:55 AM

If you read Junkman's posts in the way I think they're intended, as flippant humorous posts it's fine. JM is a good egg.

 

It's hard for some to parse sarcasm and humour on the internet. 

 

I would recommend a Maserati Quattroporte II in the grand tradition of flippant posts in reply to "what car should I buy" threads.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:06 PM

do what cms did - job joabed



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:10 PM

I think some of you may be reading the first post incorrectly, I don't think he is looking for recommendations rather than asking if one of us is selling or knows of a specific car being sold that fits the above brief.

 

Anyone can take pot luck on ebay/auto trader/ Scumtree etc.

 

Perhaps BH is looking for a known quantity?


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:16 PM

2.0 HDi

No DPF / FAP

 

Thread finished.

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:21 PM

There a school of thought that the best £1k car is a £400 car with the rest spent on timing belt/coolant change/discs and pads and reasonable tyres.

That way you know what has been done, and can have some certainty?

Alternatively, he could buy Vulgalour's rover, and get a car with all that done for 50%
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:38 PM

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:36 PM

Good sense there,there's no difference between a £400 car and a £1000 car,apart from mark up,buy cheap,spend the difference sorting it yourself so you know it's right.
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