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In Topic: New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

10 October 2012 - 03:42 PM

Reason I said "possibly my last car" was maybe a bit of a fatalistic view but also trying to look at my situation realistically.

I'm over 62 now and assuming I hang back a bit and wait until next year, I will be approaching 63. As long as I can drive I will drive and would like to think I will still be around and physically capable at 70. So that would be seven years which isn't a long time. Believe me.....as you get older the years simply whizz by.....you wonder where they went!!

In the past i've driven long distances between Switzerland to UK, which I often did in one day, and also Germany. Often used to drive over to Belgium and back in a day. But I can't do that now. Driving down to my sons in London (170 miles) is about my 'max' for an easy drive. The last three months i've spent touring Europe in my Motorhome and the most I drove in a day was 250 miles but would try to set lesser distances. I don't want to be driving long hours any more....I don't need to.

However I would like to be able to visit my Grandson more often than I do and the first 'new' Fiesta I saw, I liked everything about it. I've never really been a fan of big cars having spent my car 'tinkering' years building and modifying Mini Coopers. So I like small cars.

The low tax and high mpg figure of the Diesel Fiesta appeals for obvious reasons. During my last tour I travelled through nine European countries and by far the most expensive fuel is right here in the UK (Austria I filled up at £1.25 a litre, Poland £1.07, Bulgaria £1.05 and so on). So 60 (or more) mpg is very appealing!

I figure if I buy 'the right model', 1) it should last me at least seven or eight years and 2) if I have to sell, i'd still get a relatively decent price. I wouldn't be buying new.....i've always bought in the used market cash outright.

Hope this has given a clearer view?

In Topic: New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

09 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for the info chaps.....excellent.

Holding off till early next year is no problem, especially as I like the prospect of "tumbling prices"!

In Topic: New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

09 October 2012 - 01:57 AM

My annual mileage is relatively low now as i'm retired plus I also run a Motorhome.

My son and grandson live in London which for me is a 350 mile round trip and as long as I remain physically capable to drive distances (just spent three months touring East Europe in my Motorhome), i'd like to be able to visit more often. My Focus returns around 38mpg driven carefully but, like me, is getting pretty old now!

I like the new shape Focus but if I go for one it will no doubt be the last car I buy. Whilst diesel fuel is a couple of pence dearer than petrol, I think it's a better choice engine should I ever find the need to sell. It's just knowing what you get with which model etc. As for this 'ecoboost'........never heard of it so what is that!!?

In Topic: New Model Fiesta....but Which To Go For??

08 October 2012 - 09:59 PM

Good point.......but what for example does the Titanium have that the others don't?

One of these caught my eye on AutoTrader recently which was in a nice metallic red colour. But a very !Removed! interior with salmon pink dashboard just wasn't for me!