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#1 jnb1

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

Unfortunately, my Zetec was sent back for a refund last week, as the big end bearing was making a knocking noise. So it was decided, that I would get my money back and look for another car. Obviously a ford would be my first choice, although there seems to be a shortage of 'nice condition' modern zetec/zetec S around here.

Currently, I'm looking at a:
(If I can find one) - Zetec S
Honda Civic VTEC
Renault Megane 1.5 TDI
Seat Leon S/ Ibiza
Corsa SXI

Basically, my question is this. Obviously ford will be my first choice if a nice condition one can be found, but I just want to know what cars out of that list you would avoid. I'm looking for a car thats got a fair bit of acceleration in it as I like a fun drive (when safe to do so of course). Any suggestions/opinions would be gratefully received, as I'm going car shopping tomorrow.

Thanks

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:09 PM

I'd avoid the megane and the corsa, they're crap.
Tbh if you are looking for some poke I'd give a Seat a good look. The Cupra Is cracking.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:12 PM

Depends what year your looking for? Also how much you want to spend.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:13 PM

Depends what year the car is and your budget... For example, I think the 2009+ Megane is pretty decent but the ones before 2009 were awful.

Doesnt matter what year of Corsa you're looking at though... Avoid!

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:09 PM

I have already excluded the Megane and the corsa, as I had a feeling they weren't great. I'm interested in Seat, although trying to find a used cupra round here is hard. Any other suggestions for cars? Budget and plate wise, I don't have an enormous amount of money to spend, (a few grand). I just want something that is reliable but has poke in it.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:12 PM

VW scirocco.
I quite like the shape, sort of low, wide and punchy.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:14 PM

I would offer you my fez but im still pretty reluctant to sell it. Too attached to him! :(

Out of your list though, i would go for...
Zetec S (if i didn't already have one)
Honda Civic Type S (or Type R depending on budget)
Seat Ibiza FR.
and add on a Polo GTi. ^_^

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:02 PM

i had vw golf diesel before my fiesta and there quick and reliable, ford fiesta every time tho now, n iv had 3 vw golfs (one 1997,one 2001 and a 2005 plate), totally love my fiesta

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:30 PM

I have found a 307 1.6 Rapier (120bhp) for sale nearby. 76k miles. Whats the opinion?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:59 PM

If the Civic Tyre R is on your list, why not a MK2 Focus ST ? Can pic em up fairly reasonable.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:15 PM

Got rid of my Handa Civic as the better half did like to drive it 1.8 i-vtec 8.9 sec 0 to 62 very fast car £170 tax insurance not
bad for 140 BHP car had an EX with all the bits on it sat nav etc;.This is my choice as i still miss the go from the lights.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:07 PM

Cheers for the input everyone :). I'm looking at the VW golf or a leon, but I can't decide. The ibiza is also an option too, but they seem rather slow.....

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:03 PM

Iv'e had a Civic Type R and a Leon FR 170 as previous cars. Out of the two i would choose the Civic every time. Better handling and Honda reliability. In the 7yrs (loved it so much) of owning the Civic all it ever needed was a new battery.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:11 AM

I've always found VAG cars a bit boring. Safe, yes. Reliable, usually. Interesting, definitely not.

Have you concidered something like this:
http://www.topgearca...201223474969182
Buy a warrenty to go along with it and have miles of smiles knowing there shouldnt be any unexpected bills.
Or the next model on if budget allows:
http://www.roseisle....201211456805568

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

I wouldn't pick a SEAT, my mate has a Leon FR TDI. Great engine but the rest of it is like a biscuit tin. Very noisy with a harsh ride.

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