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If you had 40k for a brand new car.


Barry Cade

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Today, Tesla Model Y.

And perhaps some finance.

There’s enough Teslas that have been taxied to mean I’m not worried about it doing the mileage, it needs to be EV to get through all current and future LEZ and they have the best charging network.

 

1995?

Can I get a BMW 328 for that money?

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I suppose with £40k today I would buy an electric car, although whether they can do 15 years or 250,000 miles is anyone's guess!

For £40k and avoiding bloated blobby things, a VW ID3 looks alright.  Shame they don't do an estate version.

£25k in 1995 would give you more choice than £40k today, I reckon.

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Why 250k miles in 15 years?Very few people use their cars like that.150k would do me.I would want 4 wheel drive,good towing capability,ideally seven seats,probably only use them once a year though.Decent warranty would be confidence inspiring.Ssangyong Rexton.Think you can just about get one new for £40k, certainly plenty of ex demos etc.Back to 1995,perhaps a Discovery,or a VW Caravelle.

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I think 40k on a new petrol engined car is still a viable proposition, the world isn’t suddenly going to run out of petrol supply looking at how many countries are nowhere at all down the road to zero emission. I’d probably trade my 3 series touring in for a new one if I was lucky enough to have that sort of money available. 
 

25k back in the mid nineties? That would have bought a pretty decent Volvo. 

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Just now, loserone said:

Why seven seats? Very few people need seven seats.

If you've got seven seats, you've also got a decent sized boot with a fairly upright tailgate.The antithesis of todays sportwagon type estate things.Think Volvo XC90 versus V90,Skoda Kodiaq versus Superb estate.Like I say,they do get used very occasionally.Regarding 1995,car prices went a bit silly in the mid nineties, leading to folk buying their cars in Europe where they were cheaper.and driving them home.Forcing the makers to offer better deals to keep prices competitive.

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1 hour ago, Barry Cade said:

Something I was thinking about today..

You're in a position to buy a brand new car. today . You have £40,000. It's got to do  at least 250,000 miles and you will own it for 15 years. What do you buy?

Same question but it's 1995 and you have £25,000.

https://www.vehiclerepoweringsolutions.com/new-cabs-for-sale

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and I even get a quids change to blow on 1p sweets :mrgreen:

 

@warren t claim what was the list price of an FX4 Fairway Driver in 1995? LOL

(you where a cabby then right? )

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20 minutes ago, cobblers said:

There is no new car on the market that I could dream of lasting for 15 years, other than old relics designed 20 years ago like the fiat 500 etc.

You say that, but I've just seen a 2020 Fiat 500 hybrid completely shit it's engine. Crank pulley bolt spontaneously undid itself, and that was that. 

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1 minute ago, D.E said:

The cheapest possible Dacia Sandero, and I'll spent the remaining budget on other things.

Things like petrol to complete the 250,000 miles in splendid luxury*?

Come to think of it... 250,000 miles at an optimistic 10 miles per £ only leaves £15k in the budget.

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31 minutes ago, SiC said:

Actually I would get a Lotus Evora. The engine should easily do 250k ... it's a Toyota Camry V6 lump. In the low tunes it's identical. Higher tunes have a super charger slapped on it. 

Can you get a brand new one for 40k,though?

 

37 minutes ago, cobblers said:

There is no new car on the market that I could dream of lasting for 15 years, other than old relics designed 20 years ago like the fiat 500 etc.

How many 2009 cars are still on the road,though?A Shiter'll buy one,say it's the youngest car he's ever owned and talk about it in the"Modern Shite"sub forum!

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I wouldn't buy new.  Not now; not in 1995.

In September 95 I bought a nine year old Skoda Estelle.

Now, in 2024, my car is 20 years old (but ok, it's a Jag...).

Back on topic?   I suppose a new Transit would be ok, sort of.

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I bought a car almost exactly 15 years ago, and I've driven 290,000 miles in it since.

It wasn't brand new - 2 years and 5,000 miles - but was sold by a main dealer and came with 3 years manufacturer's warranty.

It cost £16,000.

It's a Citroen C6. Possibly not what people would choose if looking for reliability and durability.

No idea what I'd buy now (one reason why I'm still driving it), but new cars terrify me with complexity and expense. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, LightBulbFun said:

https://www.vehiclerepoweringsolutions.com/new-cabs-for-sale

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and I even get a quids change to blow on 1p sweets :mrgreen:

 

@warren t claim what was the list price of an FX4 Fairway Driver in 1995? LOL

(you where a cabby then right? )

@LightBulbFuni actually had a chance to see one in the metal today. Enquired about the shells, and it turns out these are unused vehicles built in 2017! So these so called brand new cabs are now nearly 7 years old! They do sport some nice bonnet vents though. It has made me question purchasing one. They started showing signs of surface rust at around 5 years...these 'new' cabs are already beyond that.

I totally agree with your choice though

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My wife actually wants a Mini Countryman JCW which might just squeeze in with some haggling. I’m not too disagreeable.( probably go for a 2 yo one bearer £30k).The  Golf R seems to have gone way beyond that now .

1995? Can I wait until 1998 and get an Impreza 22B? I think £25k might have bought one, but you could get about 7-8% on you savings back then , so my £25k would be £31k by then.

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New Toyota Prius looks fantastic in my opinion and apparently is now coming to the UK this year, should hit 250k with no worries. £40k should just get me a plug in version.

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1995 - I probably could have got one of the last of these (though I'd have to wait 2 years to drive it and ignore the insurance costs). I'd also need to start a trust fund to pay for the 21st century welding

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Just had a look on Autotrader for new cars between £35-40k...... It doesn't get you much for all that cash! I had a Merc Cla as a courtesy car a while ago and that was quite nice (1.3 turbo auto), just comes in under budget. I would have guessed it would be nearer 30k though.

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