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So just before Xmas my 18 month old 15k miles 530e was stolen. Company car but still very annoying.†

Instead they of the car costing me about £500 a month in tax I have decided to take the money. Surprisingly about £500 a month take home. Want to keep most of this to pay off some debt faster and get back to the ways of saving.†

So budget is £4K for a 15 year old max below 100k miles big run around that could fit in a spare bonnet or rugby tackle bags or lots of cases for the family holiday.†

I'm thinking Nissan x trail, e class estate or maybe an x5. †

I recoup my outlay in under a year and the rest of the time the money is all mine (laughing with a villains voice 😂)

What wisdom does the best car group ever have to share on this one ? D91DFB1D-BDC9-4B89-8763-6C81BFA1ED18.jpeg

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After running a new car that shouldn't go wrong and even if it does someone else pays to get it sorted, a 15 year old 100,000 mile big german car (E Class/X5) might come as a shock to the wallet eating up some of the savings…..

See Marks experience with something like what you are looking for
https://vwgolfmk1.org.uk/forum/index.php?page=topicview&id=projects%2Fyour-other-cars-and_2%2Fvw-touran-2005-1-9-tdi

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what you need is a 49k miles golf mk4 agu gti… 36mpg   drop seats get parts in.. lol. like mine.

best car i had was 330d touring…. with electric towbar hidden.. 300bhp and 53 mpg for 63k miles  .

I do like the look of the new peugeot estates.

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T25 Diesel…sameoldblueshi£ (currently under resto)
Rocco gt2….1990 secret 2…(currently under resto)
Mk4 99 1.8t indigo blue Gti with 43k miles
Caster 93 clipper JH Green cabby
Snowy 91 GTi White cabby( sat waiting for inspiration)
Myvalver 89 GTi Grey mk2 16v
Yuppy Flu 91 GTi Flash Red Sportline


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I hear you on the running costs. Should mention I only do about 4-5000 miles a year.

I work from home normal times and when not at home I fly to different paces so mileage is really low.

The nice car which I will use for work will be the wife’s car mainly thinking GLA or Q3. She has a Fiat 500 coming to the end of pcp in March so makes sense to spend maybe 50 extra a month their and get a 2 year old merc. Low mileage.

My one is just the one used the make the run to the tip [emoji23]

Thought about a golf but want and need something bigger. Lad plays rugby and I manage the team so need to fit a lot of tackle pads, balls etc and fed up of squeezing things into corners or only taking part of what I want.

Did see a discovery and a Range Rover last night but high mileage and a bit older. Not sure they would be as reliable as a 2007/8 xtrail with about half the miles.

Line up will be.
Mk1 - my joy car
Merc - the nice car and my occasional work car
Other - the utility car, go anywhere, collect anything car.


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Leaseing can make sense if you are doing a low mileage.

Yes it's a Skoda, its a pretend SUV (Golf sized) but it's £150 quid a month with 1 month upfront , no tax, no new tyres/brakes/battery and with variable servicing will need 1 @£180 service and if you are worried a 3yr 15,000 car will fail its 1st MOT on something out of warrenty hand it back 1 week before MOT due.

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Think you'd be surprised how small boot space is in top end even older suv..  I used to lease cars when I worked for turbine company. But was getting 40p mile and set off doing 20k miles a year..  then due to plant closure and working abroad 9 months  mileage dropped to 3k so was no longer a good option. If doing such low miles.. then why not look at a Ford mondeo  st220..estate.  as with old fords going up in value yiu will gain money .. 70k miles car anything from 1400 to 8k at minute. . Tyat said I did like my focus st for cruiser in Germany and Netherlands

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T25 Diesel…sameoldblueshi£ (currently under resto)
Rocco gt2….1990 secret 2…(currently under resto)
Mk4 99 1.8t indigo blue Gti with 43k miles
Caster 93 clipper JH Green cabby
Snowy 91 GTi White cabby( sat waiting for inspiration)
Myvalver 89 GTi Grey mk2 16v
Yuppy Flu 91 GTi Flash Red Sportline


Golf mk1 owner's club on Spotify

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I'm loving the 2015 Mazda 6 estate 2.2 d SEL- NAV everything is still working as it should and nothing has gone wrong with only needed to fit new rear brake pads (£26 for the pads and simple socket set needed as I changed them )and a couple of tyres as we have done 30,000 miles in 2 years. The boot is big with the seats down I can even lie down in the back.
£20 year road tax is also a bonus †:thumbs:†Probably out your budget though as it’s best to get one from 2015 onwards as undated dash, sat nav and better camshaft as early models can suffer from a worn camshaft.

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I'd second the comment about SUV boot sizes- not that great.
A full bag of rugby balls takes up a lot of room (the joys of rugby coaching eh!). Easily half the boot of my A4 Avant, then add tackle bags, you're best with a van! Or Maybe a crewcab pickup.Auto Trader Vans logo
Thinking outside the box for you there!
If I could I'd have a van alongside the sensible family a4 and the golf, oh, and the MGB, just to use as a slag-wagon/weekend adventure vehicle.

My rebuild thread I will try and keep up to date:†here

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Probably get a reasonably new Hyundai for that money. † Anyone who warranties their cars for 7 years is going to build them well†

Here you go, estate bit over your 100k limit but in budget and you get a warranty †

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202012086900808?atmobcid=soc4

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Peugeot 508 SW Estate 2021 in-depth review - YouTube. I do like style of it .but probably breakdown

On the drive
T25 Diesel…sameoldblueshi£ (currently under resto)
Rocco gt2….1990 secret 2…(currently under resto)
Mk4 99 1.8t indigo blue Gti with 43k miles
Caster 93 clipper JH Green cabby
Snowy 91 GTi White cabby( sat waiting for inspiration)
Myvalver 89 GTi Grey mk2 16v
Yuppy Flu 91 GTi Flash Red Sportline


Golf mk1 owner's club on Spotify

Mk1 golf owners club playlist: Golf mk1 owner's club playlist - YouTube

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Hyundai is an interesting one. I have no knowledge on reliability of their electrics or mechanicals. Anyone owned one for a period of time?


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Anyone driving a SUV has lost the love of driving, they are oversized and top heavy with small boots for the size of things.

Just my thoughts and that why for a family car we brought an estate car, can you tell I don’t like SUV s? :lol:††:thumbs:

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1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 300,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Hyundai?
A pal of mine runs a vehicle delivery company and garage business and swears by them (he does not sell them!). He does 100k per year in Europe and here with a trailer pulling 3t and reckons most S. Korean cars are bullet proof -which is why Taxi firms love them. Their cheaper to buy and more reliable than European cars he says.

Original X Trail?
I run a 2006 Xtrail 2l Diesel the† made in Japan model (the proper estate car version not the current SUV rubish) and its been brilliant. Drive it like I stole it… and its used like a landrover which it replaced so it has a hard life to say the least. Owned it ten years now and apart from tyres/pads/discs† (still on original exhausts) it has only cost me 2 brake calipers, wishbones and recently the first biggish bill £400 for the Emission valve. Can be bought for £1500 or less and there are low mileage ones about. Huge load area. Cheap to run and cheap enough to bin after a few years.

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I would absolutely go Japanese/Korean, Kia are good, Toyota best.

Sadly the vorsprung Durch technic stuff iover 5 years old is woefully unreliable nowadays.

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Looked at the Shogun but really variable in asking price. Can pay £3k for anything from 99 to about 2005. Much fewer about also, probably because they are more sought after.

Xtrail pre 2007 is weird with speedo in the middle so will look at second gen version. Basically the same car with a face lift inside and out.

Decided no old merc and will look cheaper as will only be short term for a year or two before returning to nearly new motors

Quite excited to have a bit of a work horse over a more precious motor.


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Shogun? †Now you're †talking! †Hang the budget and practicalities this is the car you need in your life.
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If you would like 4x4, I would go for a Toyota Rav, or a land cruiser …

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I run an old shape passat estate as my daily. Commute to work, cart mountain bikes and equipment, tows caravan and does tip runs. Just had it 12 months and been superb. Only needed 2 tyres for mot so class it now as awinner👍

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Audi a6 avant. For 4k you will be able to pick up a last of the line C6 s line prob around a 10 or 11 plate.
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