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CAR SUGGESTIONS FOR MY FATHER..
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Yes, another one of those threads, and I make no promises that any suggestions will even reach his ears but sometimes you people come up with some leftfield ideas so its worth a try?

Current car, an ageing Passat 2.8 4Motion auto.

He prefers family sized cars, Passat or bigger, treats them like vans, doesn't service them, doesn't wash them, doesn't care much for them at all. That said, he tends to prefer a "drivers" car in so much that a bouncy barge like my Skoda would get on his t!ts quite soon, and he considers the 4Motion quite frisky if that gives you some idea of his standards. Previous cars have been, a 190 2.6 (hateful thing) Volvo 340 something or other, S Class ..amongst others.


He wants a vaguely sporty saloon/hatch/estate, must have reasonable grunt/pace, must be easy to drive (he's an active 70yr old), MUST be auto (hates stirring a box these days) and must be bullet proof as he simply ignores my pleas to service his vehicles to any kind of regular nature...

He seems to like the Euro brands, I could see him in a BMW again as it'll appeal to his rose tinted view of driving (rwd etc).

Preferably no older than 5yrs, and with 3/4 years life in it (considering lack of servicing..) and the lower the mileage the better as he does seem to rack the miles up still.

He's not mentioned budget but I doubt he'll go anywhere near £10k as its not worth his while.

I mentioned in my reply to his request for ideas email that he should consider the VED rates on newer motors as many will come in at the upper range of course, I've no idea if this is a consideration for him at this time but having been a banker for most of his working life I can't see him wanting to start throwing money around now..

Let the p!sstaking commence..

ps: My ma runs a fairly new Jazz CVT so they have a reliable little town car for local trips, if that helps steer things.

Audi A6 3.0tdi Quattro

Actually, he's yet to express an interest in Derv motors, and I'm less inclined to suggest them myself as I know how complex modern ones are, and how costly things get when they go wrong. I suspect he would prefer petrol, although he's not said as much in his email thus far..

I'll add it the list though, as I know he'd be amazed by the grunt these modern motors have. Hell, I think my Skoda would surprise him tbh and thats running an ancient VP 1.9!

Just a thought following on from what he has now.


Updated January 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

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nuttinnew said...

Just a thought following on from what he has now.

I quite like that idea, as you correctly point out its merely an evolution of his current motor.. altho DSG might scare him off.

thanks

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If I find a decent 330i I'm having it for myself Mike! :lol:

Barry said...

altho DSG might scare him off.

thanks

It shouldn't - it's fine in Auto. The Mrs never used the manual option once in the 6 months we had ours

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and from the beginning think what may be the end.

little or no servicing does not make me think German! It makes me think far east.

Is there a big Kia or Hyundai available as ex demo or 1 year old with loads of warranty and free servicing?

What about a Lexus L300? Or whatever the 4x4 one is called. THey are fairly cheap second hand and should run as long as anything without servicing?

He's 70. Politely request that he surrenders his licence ;)

This goes against the rules of internet forums, where you must recommend your own car. BUT, I don't know if the E90/1 3-series is as bullet proof as they used to be? I have several niggles on mine, little things like the rear tonneau auto-lift is temperamental, one angel eye needs changing; I don't think they're as well screwed together as they used to be.

What about Audi or Merc?

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Hmm...giffer...wants smartish 4wd petrol estate with auto box under £10k.

I give you the Jaguar X-Type 2.5 AWD Estate. This one's even got a suitably gifferish colour combo and is low mileage, but I'd want to hunt out a 3.0 example with a better spec. Not fashionable but a smart car for under £10k and they do actually drive really well - all the 2.5 and 3.0 petrol versions have 4WD:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201212194675449/sort/pricedesc/usedcars/transmission/automatic/body-type/estate/model/x-type/make/jaguar/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/keywords/v6/page/1/postcode/sw1w9nu/radius/1500?logcode=p

My brother-in-law drives one of these on a 56-plate (admittedly a 2.2 diesel with a manual box) and abuses it roundly (does 20k a year, drives like a maniac, fills it with muddy labradors etc) and has yet to have any problems with it. Saw it the other day and it looks like it has just competed in the Paris-Dakar - muddier than the average farm tractor, covered in scrapes and whiffing heavily of wet dog, yet still running well.

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Evostick said...

He's 70. Politely request that he surrenders his licence ;)

He is still a fairly active chap, his driving is "ok" for the main, just a little slower than he once was :lol:

And he does seem to favour German marques, if past history is anything to go by. Preferring larger lazy engines (understressed) rather than fizzy motors like I've had. He never understood my affection for the DC2, but then I've never driven it hard with him in it ;)

I take it a Lexus GS300 is out? Seem good value, probably more reliable than a modern German: Clicky

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201301074812671/sort/default/postcode/b476hq/radius/1500/maximum-age/up_to_5_years_old/fuel-type/diesel/transmission/automatic/onesearchad/used%2Cnearlynew%2Cnew/quantity-of-doors/4/price-to/5000/advert-type/featured-listing/dealer/26179/usedcars?logcode=flp

hopefully i have won some sort of prize. if he could deal with another passat then this maybe?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201212114586460/sort/default/usedcars/maximum-age/up_to_5_years_old/fuel-type/diesel/transmission/automatic/quantity-of-doors/4/price-to/5000/onesearchad/used/onesearchad/nearlynew/onesearchad/new/postcode/b476hq/page/1/radius/1500?logcode=p

also, if hes one of those old guys which has a decent car but drives everywhere at 15mph set his car on fire.

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I'll check em all at lunch when I have "official" permission to use the net, and pass on any suggestions, cheers.

nuttinnew said...

Just a thought following on from what he has now.

This is amazing, I have the strong urge to travel the 15 miles and buy it! Q car

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My Dad's not quite 70, only 67, and he seems very content with his Merc E500 estate. It's big and smooth and reasonably quick. Not sure you'll get <5 years for <£10k though.

Edit: his is exactly the same as THIS. They're less blurry in real life.

Updated January 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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Barry said...

If I find a decent 330i I'm having it for myself Mike! :lol:

There's quite a few saloons on AT for well under £10k Barry. Might have to go over 5yrs old but not by very much. As for Gav's point as to whether the E9x is that bulletproof or not - are many of the issues actually relatively minor?

I have a temperamental tonneau cover as well, one of the headlight washer jets doesn't fully retract sometimes, and the o/s rear door pin doesn't seem to drop (still locks though). Front control arms aside (which I think have taken a hit from a pothole) they're all things that on a day-day basis aren't worth worrying about imo.

Consensus from the local specialist was that the E9x's are reasonably good on chassis bits that previous generations weren't, and that the N52 is lump is solid.

Swervin_Mervin said...

Barry said...

If I find a decent 330i I'm having it for myself Mike! :lol:

There's quite a few saloons on AT for well under £10k Barry. Might have to go over 5yrs old but not by very much. As for Gav's point as to whether the E9x is that bulletproof or not - are many of the issues actually relatively minor?

I have a temperamental tonneau cover as well, one of the headlight washer jets doesn't fully retract sometimes, and the o/s rear door pin doesn't seem to drop (still locks though). Front control arms aside (which I think have taken a hit from a pothole) they're all things that on a day-day basis aren't worth worrying about imo.

Consensus from the local specialist was that the E9x's are reasonably good on chassis bits that previous generations weren't, and that the N52 is lump is solid.

THought you had a coupe, not a vert? What am I missing?

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