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Deafjeff
28-05-2010, 06:14 AM
Hi,

So far I have hand picked three possible cars to exchange my Smart car....

1. Golf (02 plate 1.6 SE)

2. Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia or 1.6 Zetec (03)

3. Nissan Almeria 1.6 SE (03)

Any suggestions?....

keith
28-05-2010, 06:32 AM
well I still preferred the bmw idea :taunt: but out of those...

golf overrated and will command a better price than it should because of the name. It'll work though.

nissan will be reliable but boring

The ford will probably be the bargain. The focus is "just a car" in every sense. They know what theyre doing and in every area the focus just works. It's kinda plasticcy but you can tell it's the result of many years making cars so although nothing about it will likely WOW you, nothing about it should annoy you either.

So the golf will likely be the emotional choice, the focus the thoughtful choice.

Skywatcher
28-05-2010, 06:36 AM
I disagree that the focus is 'just a car' :) I think they are superbly made and have excellent hadling and a suberb chassis for the price, I think Golfs are overated, but itsa very subjective thing.

Personally I would definitely test drive them all and go with what makes you happy

keith
28-05-2010, 06:41 AM
I disagree that the focus is 'just a car' :) I think they are superbly made and have excellent hadling and a suberb chassis for the price, I think Golfs are overated, but itsa very subjective thing.

Well I kinda meant "just a car" in a bit of a positive way. I'm an admitted car snob but if I had a xK to buy a car and 5 minutes to decide, I'd choose a focus. Although none of the ones I've tried have wowed me with handling and so on, they have all been utterly robust and did exactly as I'd expect from them. I truly regard a focus as an utterly safe bet


Personally I would definitely test drive them all and go with what makes you happy

totally!

Skywatcher
28-05-2010, 06:47 AM
Ach its only cos my Dad worked for Fords so I had a long succession of them, I was genuinely impressed with the handling and grip though compared to anything else in its class

Britchick
28-05-2010, 06:52 AM
We've had loads of fords, i've got a cmax at the moment but had that shape focus before, I feel very safe in them , I was shunted in it into another car and it seemed to bounce! My next car will either be a focus or fiesta, boring maybe but very practical.

keith
28-05-2010, 06:54 AM
We've had loads of fords, i've got a cmax at the moment but had that shape focus before, I feel very safe in them , I was shunted in it into another car and it seemed to bounce! My next car will either be a focus or fiesta, boring maybe but very practical.

DW has had a line of fiestas. I've offered other cars but she won't have any of it, she wants her fiesta.

We were moving house once and I, in mega stressed mode, reversed a rather expensive bmw into her rather cheaper fiesta and as you say, the fiesta seemed to compress and expand like a cartoon car :lol: the bmw immediately had hundreds of pounds worth of damage (which is just utterly par for the course)

ukwdwnut
28-05-2010, 07:49 AM
the 3 door astra has nice sporty lines, looks like its had its roof chopped, i like those.
the golf has a superb engine, now if it were a GTi then they dont loosen up til 70k but im not so sure on the inside never seen inside a golf.
what about a 2dr sports ragtop toyota mr2?

Slowhand
28-05-2010, 09:40 AM
Another thing in favour of the Focus is that the suspension was designed by Lotus. :thumbsup:

catrancher
28-05-2010, 12:38 PM
And painted right, they can look quite spiffy! :thumbsup:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/Mikko_Hirvonen_-_2008_Rallye_Deutschland_4.jpg/800px-Mikko_Hirvonen_-_2008_Rallye_Deutschland_4.jpg

Tom (:macwave:... WRC is kinda cool!)

Skywatcher
28-05-2010, 03:37 PM
Sigh Colin McRea :sigh:

( I know thats not him BTW but he did rally drive a Focus)

Deafjeff
28-05-2010, 03:45 PM
So far it between Golf and the Focus.

Honest John gives focus better review and all three fords are on the top ten

I used to own a ford focus and I loved it. Still miss it though.

However, Golf does have the edge me think......

josh.p.
28-05-2010, 05:17 PM
Golf!! I love Golfs.

the 3 door astra has nice sporty lines, looks like its had its roof chopped, i like those.
the golf has a superb engine, now if it were a GTi then they dont loosen up til 70k but im not so sure on the inside never seen inside a golf.
what about a 2dr sports ragtop toyota mr2?
I like the astra too :yes:

ukwdwnut
28-05-2010, 07:44 PM
Golf!! I love Golfs.

I like the astra too :yes:

when i went to order my new car the old 3 door was so popular thay made the new astra 5 door look like the old 3 dr and it looks awesome, i would have had one, the sri sports, but its too small for fishing

josh.p.
28-05-2010, 08:07 PM
I'd love a corsa VXR :yes:

Deafjeff
28-05-2010, 08:51 PM
Hi,

I did some research this evening and ford focus is attracting a really strong review.

Base on this i think that I may buy focus tomorrow ho hum......

Will keep you post

Skywatcher
29-05-2010, 06:35 AM
You won't be unhappy with it mate

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 08:16 AM
I'd love a corsa VXR :yes:

have a look at the zafira vxr it looks awesome for an mpv

i could have had the sri with the body kit but chose the top of the range normal one with all the toys leather seats etc....5 weeks and counting :)

josh.p.
29-05-2010, 09:00 AM
The ultimate VXR is the insignia. Droooool

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 09:14 AM
The ultimate VXR is the insignia. Droooool

:nono::nono: see the VXR8 :wiggle:

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 09:19 AM
i prefer this one out of all of them tho :D

josh.p.
29-05-2010, 10:43 AM
I think the VXR8 is borderline chavvy :rotfl:

Deafjeff
29-05-2010, 02:53 PM
Hi,

Car shopping didnt go well :nono:

Firstly the garage who had the Golf was not very flexible the price and offered 2k for my smart car and expected me to fork out extra 2k for Golf even when I offered to pay in cash!!!!

The car feels 'a bit' old inside...

The garage with the Ford Focus, the car itself is not arriving until Tuesday at least! On the garage's website it has the information as if they got the car(!) :nono:

However, I found a Peugeot 206 (1.4 LX) seen it and it feels good but nothing 'wow' about it however, I am quite 'fussy' and I thought Smart car has the 'wow' factor but got bored after couple of weeks

:unsure:

Mega Sigh!

Skywatcher
29-05-2010, 04:12 PM
Wait till Tuesday mate - all is not lost

Britchick
29-05-2010, 04:17 PM
Wait for the focus :thumbsup: what model is it?

Deafjeff
29-05-2010, 04:27 PM
Ghia 1.6 Black auto 2003 but....car tax will be 245(!)

Which is the same for Black Golf 1.6 SE 2002

:jawdrop:

206 is 155 which is almost 100 cheaper.....

Skywatcher
29-05-2010, 04:37 PM
Wait and drive it mate, in the end you have to live with the car. If you really didn't like the 206 you will find yourself looking for a new motor soon enough and I'm pretty sure you'll lose that 100 quid pretty quick then

Deafjeff
29-05-2010, 04:40 PM
righto...

206
2003 (52 reg) 24K miles, 1.4 Petrol 40.9 mpg tax 155

Ford Focus

2003 (03 reg) 84k miles, 1.6 35.3 mpg tax 135

Golf

2002 (02 reg) 1.6 Petrol 64K 33.6 mpg Tax 145

On paper 206 offer better option... I owned similar ford focus so not sure if I want to 'go back' even if I loved the car.

Golf still have the edge but it looks 'old' inside and focus is fairly 'timeless'

decision decision!

Will go to another garage tomorrow where they sells the black golf....

Britchick
29-05-2010, 04:44 PM
I had a ghia it was very nice.

Tink
29-05-2010, 04:48 PM
I'm going to tiptoe in here and say... :sorry: Don't go with the Ford.

I'm rushing back out now. :eek:

josh.p.
29-05-2010, 04:49 PM
At the end of the day 100 will quickly be gone if you have to re-sell the car a few months down the line 'cos you're tired of it :yes: At the end of the day when you're spending this much money on something it has to be something you think is right :yes:

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 05:34 PM
The garage with the Ford Focus, the car itself is not arriving until Tuesday at least! On the garage's website it has the information as if they got the car(!):nono:

garages always get info on cars that will be arriving soon, they are from part exchanges etc and the customer is waiting to take delivery of their new car. the sooner they can get the car advertised and sold even before it arrives is great business for them as it will not take up forecourt space as it will be gone within hours of them getting it...hope that makes sense jeff

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 05:37 PM
I think the VXR8 is borderline chavvy :rotfl:

chavvy!! god knows where you get that from :lol:....i prefer the monaro to it tho

ukwdwnut
29-05-2010, 05:41 PM
I'm going to tiptoe in here and say... :sorry: Don't go with the Ford.

I'm rushing back out now. :eek:

im not a lover of them either tbh tink

Deafjeff
29-05-2010, 05:53 PM
Base on today I am thinking of going with Golf as it still have the edge for me....

I use to have focus and I think if I get another focus perhaps I will be 'going backward'....

Deafjeff
30-05-2010, 01:00 PM
Got new Car!!!!

It Ford Fiesta (very basic model - no electric window or remote lock!)

But I love it it black 2003 reg and so nice to have ford car again!

The garage offered me 2500 for my Smart Car which I could not turn down and the top up for the Fiesta was not steep so decided to go for it!

:wiggle:

Tink
30-05-2010, 01:03 PM
As long as you like it and you are pleased with the deal, that's ALL that matters! :yes:

Now then, show us, eh? :D

Deafjeff
30-05-2010, 01:09 PM
Indeed!!!

Going to wash it as the garage just started but I told them that i'll do it!!!

:wiggle:

Will upload photo later on....

josh.p.
30-05-2010, 01:11 PM
Yay! I learnt to drive in a fiesta :yes: (and then a yaris when I sacked off my original instructor)

Slowhand
30-05-2010, 02:41 PM
... :sorry: Don't go with the Ford.

I used to get some stick from my friends who used to refer to my Jaguar as a "posh Ford".
Nowadays they refer to it as an Indian car! :lol:

Deafjeff
30-05-2010, 05:06 PM
Here it is!

I have decided to call my car 'Mac' you will see why very soon!

Skywatcher
30-05-2010, 05:45 PM
Brilliant, had always wondered what do do with those stickers

Dawn
30-05-2010, 06:03 PM
Did I see Wall-E? :unsure:

Britchick
30-05-2010, 06:44 PM
Very nice!

Deafjeff
30-05-2010, 07:22 PM
Did I see Wall-E? :unsure:

Sure you did!

It was the name of my Ford Focus!

josh.p.
30-05-2010, 07:55 PM
Yay! I've got a collection of apple stickers :yes:

Tink
30-05-2010, 11:09 PM
Nice looking car! I particularly like the apple. :D :D