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#1 DanGull

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:06 PM

Right - Ford Owners' Club - it's coming up to the end of my Options period on my Mk7. I have loved this car, but have pretty much decided it's time for a change.

Speaking to the other half - we have agree that the next car we back should be something wildly impractical. We're a one car family as my wife can't/never will be able to drive - so all the eggs are going in one basket and also it'll be the last car we have before we have kids.

So, tomorrow - we have test drives booked in/plans to nose around...

Audi TT
VW Scirocco
BMW Z4
Mini Cooper S (+ Coupe)
Mazda MX-5 (folding hard top version)
Peugeot RCZ
Renaultsport Clio 200
Renaultsport Megane 250
Vauxhall Astra GTC
Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Budget is £30-40K.

We're both most excited about the coupes on this list - can anyone else think of anything similar we shouldn't overlook?

Yes - i am aware there are no Fords on this list. Having seen many new Foci on the road, I simply don't like its looks. I can't wait for the Mk7 ST either I don't think.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:35 PM

Right - Ford Owners' Club - it's coming up to the end of my Options period on my Mk7. I have loved this car, but have pretty much decided it's time for a change.

Speaking to the other half - we have agree that the next car we back should be something wildly impractical. We're a one car family as my wife can't/never will be able to drive - so all the eggs are going in one basket and also it'll be the last car we have before we have kids.

So, tomorrow - we have test drives booked in/plans to nose around...

Audi TT
VW Scirocco
BMW Z4
Mini Cooper S (+ Coupe)
Mazda MX-5 (folding hard top version)
Peugeot RCZ
Renaultsport Clio 200
Renaultsport Megane 250
Vauxhall Astra GTC
Vauxhall Corsa VXR


Budget is £30-40K.

We're both most excited about the coupes on this list - can anyone else think of anything similar we shouldn't overlook?

Yes - i am aware there are no Fords on this list. Having seen many new Foci on the road, I simply don't like its looks. I can't wait for the Mk7 ST either I don't think.


Vauxhall? (spit) - wash your mouth out and say 3 hail mary's, 2 our fathers and beat yourself with twigs. :o

#3 DanGull

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:44 PM

I get a massive discount on Vauxhalls - that's the only reason they appear, honest.

Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Hail Mary...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:42 AM

No RS??

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

30-40k Dan, ARE YOU MAD? :lol:

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:52 AM

You should be able to pick up a slightly used Porche Boxter if you dont mind a soft top or one of the numerous Mercedes Coupes.

I personnaly dont like the look of the Mini coupes. Prefer the standard hatches in the Cooper S.

#7 DanGull

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:05 PM

Stef - I know it's a lot of money.

Should have said - must be a new car, I'm self employed and buy the car through my company.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:05 PM

Of what we've been in today - I am shocked to say that my favourite so far is the Peugeot...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:56 PM

My aunt has the 11 plate mini cooper s and it is a rapid little thing(well when my uncle's driving it), it's got quite a hard ride, but they also have the huge option rims with low profile run flats. For a 1.6 it over takes brilliantly, even not down shifting a gear(bit slower than if you down shift a gear but still) thanks to the little turbo and 184 HP. I'd love to have one but I need something slightly bigger as I have a load of tall lanky friends, and short of cash. On your budget can't you look in on the John Works 211 HP

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:42 PM

From that list I would have to go for the RCZ or the Megane. The rest are too common!

You say you have to go new - is that for VAT reasons or because of the leasing arrangement you have? Could you go nearly new VAT qualifying and get the best of both worlds? Would give you an amazing choice on your budget!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:25 PM

RCZ is a bug car. You buy it and it spends more time in the garage than my Focus did...

30-40k! nice budget, im afraid to say that when the little feet come along, you will never see that some of money ever again... :P lol...

I would love to see that many pence left in my account, let alone pounds!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:15 PM

I'd have a look at the Merc SLK if I had that kind of budget. ;)

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

How about the new Nissan 370Z?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:54 PM

So Dan, which direction are you leaning at the moment?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

It's hard to say :lol:

I like -

The Peugeot RCZ
Both the Renaults
The Audi at a push (unless I get an RS...)

The wife likes -

The Peugeot RCZ
The Audi

I hadn't considered the 370Z or the SLK - and they're both good suggestions so will look at both. I like the look of the 370Z a lot, and Jap build quality would suit me nicely. Also the idea of having a gearbox with 'auto blip' sounds awesome, because I try and heel and toe where possible but have size 12 feet :lol:

The SLK is a bit hairdresser - but so is the TT.

The Pug's engine is a peach and its low slung driving position and cosy, plush cabin makes it feel even swifter than it is. But - IT'S A PEUGEOT. That being said, it's cheap - so if I got that I could also get a more sensible daily driver and keep the RCZ as a toy on relatively low miles.

Jeebo - what evidence do you have that the RCZ is a buggy car? The owners club seems full of very happy owners, and on inspection the car seems very well screwed together.

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