Town car for Mrs?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Milzy, 11 Aug 2018.

  1. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    Mrs.Milzy needs a run around town car. Budget 4K but at a push 5k max.
    Fiat 500’s are very well liked. Not sure on Fix It Again Tony though. However I’ve seen Mazda catastrophicly fail MOT’s after only a couple of years. It’s a minefield at this price point.

    Any recommendations will be welcomed. Have a great weekend!

  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Skoda Fabia :smile:

    But if it's for her and she likes the 500 then she should have one of those. They are probably fairly high priced though due to popularity so buy carefully. I don't think Fiats are any more u reliable than other marques.

    I guess a mini might be another option
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  3. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    A bit stylish: Fiat 500 like you said.
    Rather reliable: Toyota Yaris
    And a bit smaller: Toyota Aygo
    A bit nippy: Ford Fiesta
    Jap version: Mazda 2
    Blended in: Vauxhall Corsa
    A bouncy ride: Suzuki Swift
    A cut above: VW Polo
    A cut of sport: Seat Ibiza
    Czek Charm: Skoda Fabia
    Space race: Nissan Note
    More space: Honda Jazz
    Not as much space: Nissan Micra
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  4. AndyRM

    AndyRM XOXO

    Whitley Bay
    Still a Fiat, but I'd recommend a Panda. Ours is 13 years old, been all over the country and still going strong. Fun to drive, cheap to run and surprisingly spacious.
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  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider Photo Winner

    Sounds a good swap to me
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  6. BromptonChrispy

    BromptonChrispy Regular

    Chester, Earth.
    Honda jazz automatic. Ace fold down rear seats perfectly able to fit a bike into it.
  7. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Women love fiat 500s there so easy to drive and park in town
    Swift are also good as are Ibizas
  8. T.M.H.N.E.T

    T.M.H.N.E.T Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902

    Northern Ireland
    Not far off the £ of a brand new/ 1-2yr Dacia Sandero... Bland but cheap to run
  9. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guru

    Nice for running about town, good driver position, plenty of space

  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Did you used to work as a car salesman?
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  11. Don't forget there's a premium, for what is essentially a Panda

    I can't 'knock' Fiats personally, as we've had 9 (I think?), including 3 Pandas (all bought new, barring a Tempra)
    The only two we had issues with was a 'J plated' Uno, that cooked the battery (alternator went mental), but it was only a few months old, so a warranty job
    The other was the Tempra estate...…..
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    +1 for a Fabia here too (but I/m biased with having an Octavia, & previously we had a Fabia estate - best small car I'd driven at that point)
    Or a CitiGo, rather smaller (wanted daughter to have one, but she wanted something else)
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    The (low) cost of them is still astonishing!


    My last Landie was a Td5 Station Wagon, still miss it
    Mine was the 'Heritage' edition, so a bit posher than normal - yes, the seats & white dials were 'factory'
    The upgraded lighting was by me

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  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I'm rather fond of my Rallye Green Fabia VRS estate, had for 5 years. Practical and good fun.
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  13. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    To be honest I'd be spending something like £1200 for the envisaged use and not be too concerned with make and and model. If it has a year's mot, drives OK without any obvious faults and doesn't look rusty, your good to go. My current rather larger car (Saab) is worth maybe that having paid £2500 7 years ago. Big executive cars are stonking value too, but my Mrs hates parking it in town as it is too big
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  14. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    got a 10 year old Honda Jazz to replace our beloved Golf Estate after the head gasket blew and really can't speak too highly of it. 10 years old and 130,000 miles on the clock, cost barely upwards of a grand and it looks and drives like a new car. The seats are like new, everything works immaculately, not a shake or a rattle anywhere. Excellent to drive (we got the 1.3 Sport version), unbelievable amount of storage space, economical on the juice - really can't fault it or recommend it too highly.
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  15. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii are all identical bar the branding and are ace little cars. You can get a nearly new Up comfortably within the budget, so knock off the VW premium and the Seat and Skoda should be a bit less, or even more car for the money.
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