New Car for my Old Man - 07 Plate

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Looking for help here.

My dads after a new 07 plate car, he gets a new one every 3 years.

Ive tried Mondeos, but hes not interested with the new model coming out, and no point in arguing.

Anyways:

1. Budget 16k
2. 07 New
3. Saloon
4. not Mondeo ;)


Not much to go on, but my first thought was Octavia vRS... or maybe a new Saab 9-3....

Anyone got anything to add? :confused:
 

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Octavia vRS - Mate got one of these in work, they're fantastic, so comfortable and look the part too. IMO they're much more comfortable to sit in than all of the Saabs i've been in.
 
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I think the serious contenders are:

Honda Accord
Mazda6
Mitsubishi Lancer
Peugeot 407
Saab 9-3 (May be tight price wise)
Skoda Superb
Toyota Avensis
Vauxhall Vectra
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Passat
Volvo S40

My pick of that would be the Accord, Superb, Jetta/Passat and S40.
 
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would 17k get a decent honda, the old man test drove one and the 2.2 diesel was about 22k

Also 407, reps have 1.6hdi low specced (no alloys) at work and they are £17.5k :eek:

And the passatt, one of the directors has had a 2.0tdi 140bhp with resonable spec and that was the wrong side of £20k

edit, Mazda 6 looks a good bet, one of our guys has a 2.0 petrol, spec is pretty good and it was a tid over £15k
 
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Sone said:
would 17k get a decent honda, the old man test drove one and the 2.2 diesel was about 22k
Can get a 2.0 i-VTEC SE Accord (Base model admittedly, but it's an Accord, so it won't be true poverty spec) for a shade over £16k. A 2.0 HDI 136 SE 407 and you're looking about £17.5k, a 2.0 FSI SE Passat for £16.5k and can get a 2.3 Sport Mazda6 for not much more than £17k.

Look here (http://www.broadspeed.com or http://www.carselect.com) for prices. You can actually buy these cars and the prices are very competitive.
 
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Axeboy said:
Had a look at the Saab 9-3 and he likes it...

I know its vectra based, but he isnt fussed.
The 9-3 is the real top end of the budget. To get a half decent engine (150hp+) he's going to have to sacrifice trim. I wouldn't entertain the thought of having the 1.8i petrol, btw. It's not even funny slow.

£17.5k is a 1.8t Linear, so that's sorta okay. If you'd like to pic a few cars I may be able to find the time to run a comparison/value analysis of the key items of spec for ya :)
 
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To be honest, hes not too bothered engine wise. He never needs to go quickly, and is more bothered about mpg :o

So far the top choices for him are:


Mazda 6 2.0TS2
Volvo S40 1.8S
Saab 9-3 1.8
Focus 4-dr 2.0TDCi Titanium (my idea)
 
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Axeboy said:
To be honest, hes not too bothered engine wise. He never needs to go quickly, and is more bothered about mpg :o

So far the top choices for him are:


Mazda 6 2.0TS2
Volvo S40 1.8S
Saab 9-3 1.8
Focus 4-dr 2.0TDCi Titanium (my idea)
The 9-3 1.8 really is poor - I can't stress that enough. Fair enough not going quick - not every does. But who wants to go so slow they are struggling to join motorways at a reasonable pace, or make some progress along an A road? The 9-3 1.8 is 85hp/ton - if he's used to anything with a hint of power it'll feel incredibly lethargic :(
 
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Totally...


Naa, hes driven my car a few times to work when his was being serviced... so he knows whats 'quick' and whats not...

hes just not bothered...

Crazy foo!
 
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