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Car shopping
« on: 07 September 2018, 18:53:17 »

Looking to replace the Zafira.

Had a wander around the local car supermarket today, and cam up with the following ideas, in choice order....

Skoda Superb
Mazda 6
Toyata Avensis

Any thoughts, or pearls of wisdom on any of these?  Not got as far as researching them in depth yet, or even driving them.
All under 3 years old, and latest shapes of each.

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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #1 on: 07 September 2018, 19:14:25 »

If you must give up, at least consider an Avensis Verso. In brown.

Joking aside, a three year old Superb was probably a taxi... Scottish reg will be a big clue and will be a risk out of warranty.

The Mazda will look shiny but don't expect to get three years out of it before it needs welding.

The Avensis is probably the only sane choice of the three.

Alternatively, buy something nice for less.
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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #2 on: 07 September 2018, 19:45:48 »

Avoid the Mazda , I had one from new a few years back terrible rust problems after a short while shame because mechanically 100 percent reliable.
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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #3 on: 07 September 2018, 19:49:30 »

Avoid the Mazda , I had one from new a few years back terrible rust problems after a short while shame because mechanically 100 percent reliable.
I'm surprised at that. Back in the day, Japanese cars like Datsuns were not known to rust.  ;D
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« Reply #4 on: 07 September 2018, 19:54:40 »

Avoid the Mazda , I had one from new a few years back terrible rust problems after a short while shame because mechanically 100 percent reliable.
I'm surprised at that. Back in the day, Japanese cars like Datsuns were not known to rust.  ;D
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When I had my Terracan rustproofed at Rustbusters in Spalding I asked in their opinion what were the best & worst cars for rust best were VW worst were Land Rover & Mazda they reckon Mazda we worse than Lancia , who had terrible problems a few years back.
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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #5 on: 07 September 2018, 20:47:17 »

Jury's well and truely out on what to go for.

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Decent size
Decent comfort
Decent performance
Decent economy
Decent reliability
Decent Age & Mileage

Searching £10-15K, but wanting to spend in the middle of that bracket

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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #6 on: 07 September 2018, 20:56:54 »

Not considering Zafira Tourer?
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« Reply #7 on: 07 September 2018, 20:58:56 »

Or one of the last old shape Insignia, with whisper engine and upgraded leather?
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« Reply #8 on: 07 September 2018, 21:02:29 »

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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #9 on: 07 September 2018, 21:15:41 »

Not keen on Insignia's  old or new to be honest.

Dont want or need 7 seats anymore, and the interior of most of them is too 'buttoney'  saw one with a decent nav screen which was less cluttered, but no, going back to car shape now really.

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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #10 on: 07 September 2018, 21:17:48 »

Merc C or E class ?
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« Reply #11 on: 07 September 2018, 21:24:26 »

I actually like the Merc's

The C I sat in was too small, and also the engine sounded rough, but happy to try in an E class.
I like Merc's. but worry that I shouldnt ;D ;D ;D  Im also concerned it would have to be older and higher mileage to be in budget

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« Reply #12 on: 07 September 2018, 21:46:46 »

From the Mercs I like CLS, but for say £12k looking at 2012 era and 70k miles+
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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #13 on: 07 September 2018, 21:49:49 »

Yes, doing 20k a year I ideally want newer and less run in.

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Re: Car shopping
« Reply #14 on: 07 September 2018, 22:09:26 »

Will you DIY service? Worth considering/researching videos, Iíve been doing that.

Significant differences on just how easy they are to service and run, I initially rejected Insigniaís but after running the Zaf for a year and servicing it, I would consider one.

TD took over an hour to do pollen filter and videos suggest itís a pig of a job, sub 5 minutes on the Zaf and Insignia, including a tea break.
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