Ford Focus Mk2.5
Trying to find a nice 3 door is proving harder to find than i thought up in Scotland.
After searching through more than a handful of sites i only managed to find one!! A black 09 plate 1.6 zetec with a little over 40,000 miles for £6988 from Arnold Clark.. good price? Or how much cheaper are they down south?
If you can get either a Focus or another Fiesta. Failing that with the budget you have you could even get a decent Mondeo ! Dont touch the Mini, People I know that have them have had nothing but problems. (its not a proper Mini anyway ! REAL Minis are half the size of the BMW rubbish!) The Polo is good but choose carefully, The boy racer brigade seem to be picking up on them for some reason recently so it may have been thrashed. Why not look for a Puma, Fiesta running gear, great handling and slightly more exclusive looks. A StreetKa is another idea, These little cabrios are comparitively rare so you'd definately have a "stand out from the crowd" motor! You could also go retro and get yourself a usable classic. A Mk 1 Fiesta XR2 or Escort XR3 springs to mind. Again shop around carefully as many of these have been trashed, crashed and mashed. If you can by from a specialist dealer rather than private as then if you have any problems you have somewhere to go back to. The insurance may be high so that may be a problem. You could look for the less "hot" versions and here you may be surprised. many of these are cars that were garaged and looked after so mileages can be very low. Its just an idea.
Just a further thought, Avoid French or Italian stuff. They look good but are usually plagued with electrical problems. If you want reliable think Japanese, Korean (Kia have a 7 year warranty and for £7,000 you would still get something with warranty left on it!) German cars are generally the best for build quality but if you want a combination of all three then look at Skoda. The Fabia and Octavia have won the Driver Power competitions for several years running and are superb cars. The hot VRS versions are very desirable and for your budget you should be able to get a decent Mk 1 Fabia or a Mk 1 or even a Mk 2 Octavia. Dont forget that underneath these share their chassis with the VW Polo and Golf but are far better cars and great value for money.
I think a Mondeo is a bitty big for me right now, but i wouldn't mind an ST when im a bitty older and have a family. I think im going to have to drag myself away from Minis but i still think they're cute!
My sister does have a 2003 cooper s and all shes had is problems since she bought it. (Maybe its my dads way of saying "I told you not to get a blimin BMW!" he was never a fan of them
. ) I'd like to stick with something the same size or a bitty bigger than the Fiesta. As much as i love the classic fords i think i'd wait till i had the spare cash to buy one and keep it for weekends!
Don't worry their other cars i was brought up to avoid haha! I think i'll go have a good look through autotrader etc to see what catches my eye. And being a girl yes, picky can be my second name!