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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #30 on: 13 August 2020, 13:25:04 »

A simple daily runaround in my eyes would be something simple & cheap with good spares availability , personally I'd go for a Ford Fiesta.
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #31 on: 13 August 2020, 13:36:46 »

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However, if doing that sort of mileage, you do need to pick a car that you find comfortable.

That's a pretty key point, I don't really class 25K as high mileage as i've always done over 30K a year since I passed my test (When TV was black and white LOL!), the Omega Elite seats are excellent with the amount of adjustment and there's not many car seats that I find as comfortable and supportive.

......and the valves took ages to 'warm up'... :)
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #32 on: 13 August 2020, 14:06:45 »

The early Astra J's are around that sort of price and the 1.7 CDTi is pretty bulletproof, good mpg and zero road tax.

Astra J is A better place to be than the G or H to, just find one with the better seats
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #33 on: 13 August 2020, 15:29:34 »

Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #34 on: 13 August 2020, 16:42:36 »

Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\

I never realised how much I used the memory seats on my Omega until I bough the RClass. The seats were fully electric but no memory, which meant that it seemed to take an age to get the seat back to how you wanted it when it was moved fro whatever reason.
My ML has both electric column & seats with memory ..... but manual interior mirror!  ??? ???
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #35 on: 13 August 2020, 17:05:38 »


The C30 hatch is also worth considering if you are looking for astra size car. The D5 lump is big for a hatchback and gives them genuine poke. Here do  :y

Given that the 2.4 D5 drags my lard arsed V70 along very well, I bet that C30 goes like shit off a shovel!  :y
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #36 on: 13 August 2020, 17:13:57 »

Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\

I never realised how much I used the memory seats on my Omega until I bough the RClass. The seats were fully electric but no memory, which meant that it seemed to take an age to get the seat back to how you wanted it when it was moved fro whatever reason.
My ML has both electric column & seats with memory ..... but manual interior mirror!  ??? ???
Mercedes dropped the electrically adjustable interior mirror when the facelifted the W140 S Class in '94... Prior to that, and unlike the Omega one, it was fully adjustable from the mirror switch. Mine has fully electric seats, but no memory, but not an issue as no one else drives it ;D Easily retrofitted though, so I may yet do that...
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #37 on: 13 August 2020, 17:45:08 »

Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\

I never realised how much I used the memory seats on my Omega until I bough the RClass. The seats were fully electric but no memory, which meant that it seemed to take an age to get the seat back to how you wanted it when it was moved fro whatever reason.
My ML has both electric column & seats with memory ..... but manual interior mirror!  ??? ???
Mercedes dropped the electrically adjustable interior mirror when the facelifted the W140 S Class in '94... Prior to that, and unlike the Omega one, it was fully adjustable from the mirror switch. Mine has fully electric seats, but no memory, but not an issue as no one else drives it ;D Easily retrofitted though, so I may yet do that...
Nobody else drove my R Class but seats were moved to hoover & both front seats needed to be moved forward a little to drop the middle seat backs flat.
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #38 on: 13 August 2020, 18:45:01 »

That much is also true of the Omega :y
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #39 on: 13 August 2020, 19:01:04 »

The seats in the S Class are more adjustable than the Omega as you can set the squab length independently of the seat position...

Steering column is electrically adjustable for both reach and rake.  ;)
The standard S class seats are awful things.  You really need the upgraded massage ones for long journeys. Even if you don't use the massage function, the seats are much more comfortable than the standard shite they fit.
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #40 on: 13 August 2020, 19:52:49 »

Certainly the W140 seats are better than the W220 ones, but notwithstanding, they are still more adjustable than the Omega ones.

The later cars aren't in budget and the W140 was petrol only in the UK, so it's a moot point :P
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #43 on: 13 August 2020, 23:52:21 »

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Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« Reply #44 on: 14 August 2020, 00:10:30 »

Not quite in budget, but...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Orion-1-6-DGL-/124274158183
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