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Approx £14k to spend on car what would you buy?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Ocean Breeze, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Ocean Breeze

    Hitman

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    I am looking at Mini Cooper S and Audi A3 S-Line.

    Favouring the Mini at the moment as I can get a newer car with less miles for same money.

    Any other car ideas?
     
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  2. MissChief

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    What's your intended use? Annual mileage? Seating requirements? I'd recommend a Z4 or Boxster but these may be completely, hopelessly unsuitable.
     
  3. Cleisthenes

    Soldato

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    Location: TN1

    I may be in the same position as you later in the year, and I'll be looking at a GT86 first.

    MissChief's questions are the correct ones though, we'd need to know what you need from a car.
     
  4. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    As you clearly don't want anything mega fast, hence the SLine Audi, I'd have a Mini Cooper over a Cooper S. It's still pretty quick and it'll be much newer for the money.
     
  5. Meaker

    Mobster

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    Veloster turbo ;) some cash left over to have some fun too :p

    Have you had the chance to try any of your potentials yet?
     
  6. rip-the-jacker

    Mobster

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    Astra GTC VXR. great car.
     
  7. Ocean Breeze

    Hitman

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    10-12k miles per year. 3 door preferably. Mainly commuting 34 miles everyday.
     
  8. m4rmite

    Gangster

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    2014 M135i:eek:
     
  9. Stephanie Peterson

    Hitman

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    A3 will be boring, the min much more interesting to drive.

    I would recommend a gt86 or mk4 Mx5 as my primary requirement in a car is fun.
     
  10. Mr_Sukebe

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    No mention of fun as a requirement, Nissan Leaf.
     
  11. dacads

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    370z
     
  12. ninezerofive

    Gangster

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    E46 M3, will never loose money on it.
     
  13. Nasher

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    Yea unless it gets a problem :D
     
  14. ninezerofive

    Gangster

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    I'd say there's a bigger chance of the Mini Cooper developing a problem.
     
  15. The Craig

    Soldato

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    Location: Warwickshire

    Ive been window shopping for a similae price and considering a diesel 180bhp seat leon FR.

    I assume it would be a better spec than the audi equivalent due to badge?

    Edit : ive just looked at (allbeit diesel) used minis and they seem fairly cheap for a 2l diesel 170bhp
     
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  16. Malevolence

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    Me, I'd drop £6k on an Avantime and then spend a few grand tarting it up. But then people do say that I'm not right in the head. :D
     
  17. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    What would i buy? Well i am thinking about replacing my car soon and will likely spend approx this amount.

    I am looking at BMW 730d and 730ld, as well as BMW 530d M-Sports, and also Mercedes E300 Bluetec Hyrbids.

    Very helpful to you, i am sure :p
     
  18. Stephanie Peterson

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 9, 2019

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    Been down the older beemer route before, not impressed.
    e46 330 msport coupe... was not all that reliable but the worst was that its ride was utterly shocking- something that still afflicts many german cars to this day.

    It was no sports car so why setup the suspension so rock hard it felt like it was rearranging your teeth every time you ran over a microbe.
     
  19. [TW]Fox

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    Really? All E46 are at the age now where it's a constant battle against the fact it's just really old and stuff is wearing out all the time.

    Whereas a 14 grand Mini Cooper is 12 months old.
     
  20. Hades

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    I test drove a few mini copper s recently, along with an A3 and S2. Unless getting an S3 then I would get the Cooper S over the A3.