Car AdviceBuying New Car
Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:53 PM
Looking to buy a car, I have driven company cars for the the last 20 years and last year I decided to come out of the company car scheme. There were a few reasons
1) For the last three years I almost exclusively work from home, I do not really have a need for a company car.
2) I was sick and tired of having to pick from the company list of drab uninteresting rubbish with no way of upgrading.
3) The final straw was that I had finally been promoted to a position where I could get something ok, and was looking at a new Merc A class AMG when the company decided to downgrade everyone two grades meaning the best I could get was a base model Mondeo 1.6 diesel.
So about six months ago I came out of the scheme and I have been saving the allowance, thinking of buying something in the next few months. My wife would like a MINI and I am not opposed to one, looking at possibly getting a R56 cooper s or spending the extra and getting an early JCW anyone have experience of them or could give any advice. Oh yes size should not be a problem as we have a fairly new VW Touran which we are keeping, and the children are 3 and 5.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 1:28 PM
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Donnington 2014 - "Scatty, want me to weld up your back doors"
Posted 09 January 2014 - 2:43 PM
I have been looking at the option of selling the Elise and getting an S2 Exige. And thats a distinct possibilty in the future, however i do need a four seat daily drive first.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 6:06 PM
My GF has a 2008 Mini Cooper. I really like driving it although a bit underpowered!! The S or JCW would be more fun (& costly). When we need to get 2 people in back - it's a squeeze and I have to shunt my seat forward so I'm driving like a Granny!! If it's only kids in the back - no problem!
Before buying my Elise recently I had a drive of a Mini GP. (old shape 2006 model). So glad I got the Elise!!
Posted 09 January 2014 - 6:17 PM
Both cars from a main dealer. The S was ok they are fun, but terrible on fuel. The works sounded great amd had good kit but drank fuel like mad. They are quite heavy. If u want a fun run around and not overly bothered about mpg a good shout!
Tyres were expensive 18" run flats on the works and i only got 4-5k out of a set they were about £200 a corner!
Give me a shout if u want any more info !
Oh and my exige s2 is still for sale ;-)
Edited by Chris_edeson, 09 January 2014 - 6:17 PM.
very cheap mintex pads to sell brand new rears, nearly new fronts!! want to sell quick !! inbox me
Posted 09 January 2014 - 6:54 PM
Posted 09 January 2014 - 7:52 PM
My weapon of choice will be a 335d touring. Test drove one the other day. Fantastic
Agreed - My last car was a 330D M Sport Touring. It was a brilliant all round car (until it got stolen last June!!)
Thought I'd go for something a bit more practical this time - like an Elise!!
Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:24 PM
expecting a lot of abuse for the links im gonna put up, but i have a really soft spot for these:
Winner of the FLEM most unreliable car of the year award 2014!
120bhp k series Elise - GONE
189bhp 111R Elise - GONE
S1 Elise - Now with added poke