Cheap runaround

#1
hello Car experts

I am after some advice. Basically my car is bolloxed - And I need to buy a cheap runaround for me and my family less costing than a grand. Can anyone recommend a reliable runaround but it must be estate and less than 2l as the cost of fuel is ******* expensive. Ideally a 1.6....the reason being is I am due to deploy and not willing to fork out before I go in the next few months....

I would be grateful for you opinions and reommendations that would aid me to find the car that I could drive into the ground.....


Cheers in addy
 
#4
Jag x-type 2.7 TDI estate, will cure all that ails ya. I know its a slightly bigger displacement than what you want, but, its a Jagggg.
 
#5
Surely it has to be a volvo. Can get a pretty decent V40 for under a grand. Come in various engine sizes etc. They are a pretty solid motor, aren't gonna lose you any money and the real bonus is that when it eventually does die, its big enough for your whole family to live in! This ones only £450! 2000 Volvo V40 1.6 XS 5dr Estate
 

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#6
Less than a grand? Get a family bus season ticket.
 
#8
What is your preference Manual or Automatic?

Petrol or diesel?
No pref really but the wife cn only drive automatic but she has to retake her test as her international licence has run out.
 
#9
Surely it has to be a volvo. Can get a pretty decent V40 for under a grand. Come in various engine sizes etc. They are a pretty solid motor, aren't gonna lose you any money and the real bonus is that when it eventually does die, its big enough for your whole family to live in! This ones only £450! 2000 Volvo V40 1.6 XS 5dr Estate
I had the same model that just gone tits but auto and not LPG was 2.0 but the bearings have gone in the diff, agreed good cars. But I need the boot space so LPG is no good for me!
 
#11
If you want reliable for under a grand your best bet will probably be something Japanese. How about a 10 year old 1.5 petrol Mazda 323? Cheaper car tax too.

edit: or something bigger? 1.8 Toyota Avensis estate.
 
#17
Well a quick browse through Autotrader using the specifications you require leaves you with a few clear options for under a grand. The aformentioned V40, of which there are loads, the Subaru Legacy and BMW 3 and 5 series estates. All in all not too bad, have even got me considering a change in vehicle!!
 
#19
Suzuki wagon R+ not an estate but seats fold flat etc, large boot cheap to insure and run £22 a month fully comp in SE London
 
#20
If going Volvo, do not buy the 1.8 GDI (petrol) varient. They were more fuel efficient than the standard 1.8 petrol but have issues.
 

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