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Discussion in 'General' started by Almightyrastus, 7 Sep 2017.

  1. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    Good morning everyone, I am in the market for a new (to me) car and whilst I have a couple in mind, they are proving somewhat difficult to find in a reasonable distance from Nottingham.

    I have a budget of up to £2000 and have been looking at end of production versions (late 02 to 05) Celica T Sports. Another option was a 1.8l MX5 of the same age, ideally a special edition or sport with a few extra toys such as the better interior and lsd.

    However, these are proving to be a little harder to find (the exact one that I want that is) in a sensible area so I am after some more options. I want something with a decent bit of go to it, something that is pretty good fun, not silly money for parts.

    As for other running costs, I don't do a huge amount of mileage, most just to work and back which is not far at all, and as for insurance, I am 40 but only have a single year no claims so whilst it shouldn't be too bad, the 1 years of no claims might go against me.

    Anyone with any thoughts?
     
  2. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Suzuki Swift Sport? Autotrader highlights a few within 50 miles of Nottingham, slightly newer than the cars you've been looking at as a bonus.

    It's not fast in a top trumps sort of way, but it is hilarious fun to drive.
     
  3. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    You might squeeze a not-totally crap Honda S2000 for that.
     
  4. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    If you go MX-5, either go post-facelift NB 1.8 (02-07), NA 1.8 (94-97), or, my personal recommendation and what I own, NA 1.6 (89-93). After '93 they got cat converters and lose a bunch of power because of it.

    Tone of fun, easy to maintain, plenty after market parts available, and soon to be classic (older NAs).
     
  5. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    Just a note on the suggestion of the S2000 - they're pretty small.. If you're somewhat taller (like me), you may struggle fitting.
    The NEW Mx-5 is also tiny, but it's not on your list, so no need to worry about that.
     
  6. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    This man talks truth. Lots of fun. Else, maybe a Fiesta ST which I think are a hoot too!
     
  7. Valo

    Valo Active Member

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    If you find me an s2000 for £2k I'll pick it up right away... they seem to be closer to e46 m3 money atm
     
  8. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    Just to add my voice here. Swift Sport, Fiesta ST are GREAT fun
    The Fiat Panda 100hp is also a great, chuckable thing... but it's a fiat, and even though it says "100hp" on it, it's a bit flat chested and ugly. Nowhere near as planted as the Fiesta ST
     
  9. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Bias because I own one but, Saab 9-3. A 2.0T is pretty reasonable insurance wise generally come loaded with toys and part or full leather interiors should be between 210-250BHP depending on the trim level.
     
  10. ElThomsono

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    E46 330i Sport
     
  11. Wakka

    Wakka Yo, eat this, ya?

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    For someone with only 1 years no claims? Grab a tube of Preparation H at the same time to let the insurance quotes go in a bit easier...
     
  12. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    The insurance shouldn't be too bad. My brother went from a 318i to a 350Z in a year and his insurance was only £1600 for a year. I know I said only, but compared to how much they absolutely rip you off for a boy racer Corsa... it was very reasonable for a 21yr old.

    A year later and a half, and he now has a brand new 370Z Nismo which I'm unsure on the insurance. It's probably about the same or a bit more given the car value.
     
  13. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    Mate, he's 40, it'll be fine. Just shop around. etc.
     
  14. Valo

    Valo Active Member

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    If you get an e46 that's over 15 years you can insure it as a classic for pennies. Only caveat is you'll be limited to 5k miles/year
     
  15. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Ideally when buying a 90's MX5 some sort of welder would be useful.
     
  16. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    My mate's got a '13 plate that he's had to have welded!
     
  17. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Because Mazda.
     
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    The ST's are an absolute blast!!

    Street legal go karts :D :D :D
     
  19. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    Hey guys, thank you all for the suggestions, plenty of options to be thinking about.

    Any thoughts on an early 2000s SLK?
     
  20. Arboreal

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    Wouldn't mind one myself...BUT
    Apparently 1999 to 2004 Mercs are very rust prone. They went through a bad patch when the management went on a cost/quality cutting binge and cars were the worse for it. Guy that does my Dad's 2005 E Class says to avoid them if poss.
     

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