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Need a car for the wife - suggestions please !

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Sneaky Peaky, 18 May 2006.

  1. Sneaky Peaky

    Wise Guy

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    Mrs P is going back to work and needs a run around - I think she is hitting the Female equivalent of a MLC so would like something small, fun, nippy, and preferable with a soft top type thing. Budget is £7.5k. Second hand, up to 3/4 years old, under 35k miles, 4 seats an advantage but not essential..

    Almost had a bite at a smart roadster that had been chipped and modded ;) or thinking poss a 206 cabriolet ?

    Any ideas much welcomed !
     
  2. Scottland

    Capodecina

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    MX-5, you can close the thread now ;)
     
  3. paradigm

    Caporegime

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    Agreed! End the thread now!
     
  4. Sneaky Peaky

    Wise Guy

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    Had a quick look at them but for about that money they seem to be around 5/6 years old, would prefer someting a bit newer tbh.
    Nice cars though no doubt..
     
  5. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

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    Don't get a 206 cab, they are terrible.

    Get an MX-5 and put a private plate on it if shes worried about it looking old, It's so much better even thou it's a little bit older.
     
  6. Sneaky Peaky

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    Why are they terrible ?
     
  7. Scottland

    Capodecina

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    Unless your Mrs. is an avid driver and/or a petrol head, she'll probably like it. However, it is French and it'll probably have "issues". Unfortunately however, there's little in the way of competition to it in that price range.

    My advice would be to go out with her and drive one, then go and drive an MX-5 just as a comparison.
     
  8. Confused

    Sgarrista

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    They're a car designed as a small hardtop hatchback, that's had a tin-opener taken to it.

    Therefore it'll have the driving dynamics of an opened can of peaches.


    An MX-5 is designed from the ground-up as an open top sports car, has the right engine/transmission layout (front engined rear wheel drive), and is by far the best handling car in it's class.
     
  9. Scottland

    Capodecina

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    If you could put up with LHD then you could have a newer Fiat Barchetta?

    They're supposed to be a pretty good little car, and there's not many of them about either.
     
  10. vanpeebles

    Sgarrista

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    daihatsu copen! turbo jap fun, with an auto folding metal roof :)
     
  11. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    another MX 5 vote!
     
  12. Ukadder

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    Roofs are known for being problimatic, they were designed from the normal 206 and because of this they are a normal hatchback which has been modded to be a convertable.

    Drivers position I found terrible, ride quality was poor and the sporty petrol engines seem to drink petrol. Handleing didn't feel very responsive, one of the criteria was "fun" didn't seem fun to me, seemed like driving a normal 206 but a little more cramped.

    They should have removed the 2 seats from the back and made the drivers position better imho. Back seats are next to pointless while getting in and out of them is another mission in it's self.

    Plus it's a Peugeot thus the materials they use are plasticy and cheap, probibly not that reliable and bits of trim may well fall off.

    All that said they do look ok from the outside.
     
  13. Sneaky Peaky

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks for the info :)

    Just had a quick look and could get an 03 MGTF 160 for about that money.
    I used to have one for a while early on in my MLF and thought it was quite well put together and a lot of fun. Anyone else any views and experience of these or any other suggestions..
     
  14. vanpeebles

    Sgarrista

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    checked out a copen? :)
     
  15. paradigm

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    Value for money isnt bad, but OMG ugly! Looks like a cross between a modern VW beetle, and a squished Audi TT. Hateful looks.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. vanpeebles

    Sgarrista

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    its not that bad ffs! :rolleyes:

    good choice of pic though, mmm red leather recaros, suits the silver well :)
     
  17. Sneaky Peaky

    Wise Guy

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    yeah I did have a quick look - looks fun but I'll probably get to drive it on occasion and driving in a balaclava in the summer might be a bit too warm ;)

    Thanks for the suggestion though - never even heard of them before..!
     
  18. vanpeebles

    Sgarrista

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    ppfffp you would of loved it, turbo fun and tons of jap tuning parts :)
     
  19. Sneaky Peaky

    Wise Guy

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    oooh - could stretch to an 02 Mini Cooper, not soft top but plenty of fun ?
     
  20. Scottland

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    You'd be better off with a Clio 172/182 over the Mini for the money I think.