So car dead, need a "new" car, help!

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A while back I started a thread (since deceased) and yet again looking for some guidence. I did have a crazy idea of getting a big loan/car finance and getting a brand new vectra/mondeo type car but loosing so much money thru depreciation would kill me and to know i was paying interest on it aswell :(

So i want a car thats extremely realiable; and good mpg would be good but we only do 11k a year so no diesels me thinks. It can be old as you like but money wise Im not sure have £2k and can get a loan upto £7k with no problems.

Was looking at estates due to our 2 boys and the massive double buggy but something with a BIG boot would be okay - it just fits in a escort boot and a vectra theres a little room around it

Looking to sell it in 2 years and so the least amount of depreciation would be best.

So really erm i have no idea what to go for, remember the budget is upto £9k but spending say £3 would be best, really i just want a reliable car with good value for money

Help?! Steve.
 
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ste_bla said:
What year range would that be?

For £2-3k you should be looking at one of the last Mk2 Ghia X's on a V-Y plate. This will have climate control, traction control and side airbags/rear discs in addition to the full heated leather, electric seats, cruise, computer, etc.

I simply cannot think of a better all round car for between £2-3k than a Mondeo - decent performance, cheap to service, reliable cars.
 
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ste_bla said:
IS there anything simular with lower insurance as its an extra 50% on the current premium to go from 1.6 16v escort > 2.0 16v mondeo

Thing is if you buy something like a Focus, which is about 4 groups lower, you'll pay an extra £1500 for the car assuming same age.
 
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andy2k said:
I think your find its 1996 N until 2000 X

You are both wrong - Production for the Mk2 officially started in October 1996 and ended in October 2000, so the bulk of them are on 1996P to 2000 X plates - however there was much un-sold stock around when production ceased so Mk2 Mondeos are also common on 2001 X and Y plates. After that, you've got a small number of 51 plate white ST200's which were a cancelled police order, and a handful of Ghia X's on 02 and 52 plates, they must have been lost at the back of the factory and found somewhere.

There are about N registered cars - these are very early press demonstrators and are heavily Mk1 based. They are very rare indeed and most, if not all, are 2.5 V6 Ghia X and ST24 models.
 
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Thing is if you buy something like a Focus, which is about 4 groups lower, you'll pay an extra £1500 for the car assuming same age.

Well now im unsure as on auto trader just having a rough look and i dont see that much diffence in price £5-700 at the most

For example whats wrong with;

1999 FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDi LX 5dr Diesel Estate,
71,000 miles, Air conditioning, Electric windows, Remote central locking, Full service history, CD player, Years MOT, Tax, Very economicle 50+ mpg. £2,695


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2001 FORD FOCUS 1.6 Zetec 5dr Estate,
115,000 miles, Y reg, Metallic Silver, PAS, Rear wiper, Alloy Wheels, Cassette Player, Front Fog Lights, Drivers airbag, Passenger airbag, Remote central locking, Immobiliser. 1 Company Owner, Full FORD Service History, Last service only 500 miles ago at FORD Main Dealer. 12 Months MOT. Immaculate Throughout. May P/X w.h.y?. £2,695



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2001 51 Reg FORD Focus 1.8 TDi CL
5 Doors, Manual, Estate, Diesel, 138,000 miles, White, 2 Owners. Central locking, Driver airbag, Electric windows, Full service history, Passenger airbag, Power assisted steering, Radio/Cassette.Insurance Group:5, Full dealer facilities available, which include, finance packages to suit individual needs. Adverse credit histories overcome. 6 - 36 month warranties available. All subject to status. For further information and to view more cars visit our website by clicking on the Dealer Website button below. £2,999.


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ste_bla said:
Well now im unsure as on auto trader just having a rough look and i dont see that much diffence in price £5-700 at the most

Thats the absolute bottom of the Focus selection isn't it, some of those have 140k on it. Nothing wrong with 140k on it but a Mondeo with that on it is going to be 1500ish tops.

Plus the 1.8TDi engine is gash.
 
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ste_bla said:
Okay so what engine should i look for and whats all the LC LX Zetec stuff all about?

CL is the horrible bottom of the range 'thing' with no kit at all, do not buy. LX has the bare essentials like remote locking, electric windows and air conditioning, Ghia adds a bit more but to be honest none of the pre-facelift Focus's are very well specified - cruise control isn't available, you don't get leather, etc etc - they are very basic.

Go for an LX or a Zetec with Climate pack but you WILL pay dearly for it being a Focus. Good cars, just so much more than the same condition Mondeo that IMHO there isnt any point.

Engine wise, get a 1.8 or a 2.0 16v Zetec.
 
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So this would be a reasonable buy for the money then

1999 T Reg FORD Mondeo 1.8i LX5 Doors, Manual 5 speed, Estate, Petrol, 82,000 miles, Metallic Red, MOT-04-2007, 2 Owners. Adjustable steering column/wheel, Air conditioning, Driver airbag, Electric windows, Head restraints, Folding rear seats, Immobiliser, Power assisted steering, Remote locking, Radio/CD, Service History, Cloth upholstery, Heated screen.Insurance Group:9, Taxed,..Mobile tel no..07917 xxxxxxx.. £1,795.

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Yes? No?

Also is it me or is it VERY hard to find a estate?
 
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