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    If you don't need 4 seats Smart cars are a hoot. The new style ones can be had for well under 6k now and belie their size - I had an older style Brabus coupe (the upright one, not the sporty go-kart one) and it was simply one of the best cars I've owned. Put more miles on it (motorway too, including a few very long drives abroad) than any car I've had. Loads of space inside, a big boot area too (far more than the Aygos of this world) and great performance. You could pick up a Pulse Cdi for around 6k and it'll cost very little to run.
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    Love mine, nippy, a load of fun and reliable to boot. Its my second one, I've hauled big chunks of hifi up and down the country as with the passenger seat down its roomier than you'd think. Including one run from Bolton to Brentwood Essex and back in one evening! Must put some oil in it!
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    Hi Chris,
    I do remember the trip to Scalford in your Smart car a couple of years ago
    Need four seats for dropping kids at the nursery etc so a smart car would not be feasible.
    hope you are keeping well.
    Regards

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    Fiat Panda is just what you need and can be got for much less than £6000.
    Just got myself a SEAT Mii, fabulous little car but just a bit above your budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.me View Post
    Fiat Panda is just what you need and can be got for much less than £6000.
    I was wondering when someone would make that suggestion. I've used one as my daily driver for four years and it's been great. Happy on motorways too: we've used it for family holidays - three people, two bikes, lotsa bags, still returns 60mpg. Recently bought an 'old' model with delivery mileage from a main dealer for my mother well within your budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by florette69 View Post
    I was wondering when someone would make that suggestion. I've used one as my daily driver for four years and it's been great. Happy on motorways too: we've used it for family holidays - three people, two bikes, lotsa bags, still returns 60mpg. Recently bought an 'old' model with delivery mileage from a main dealer for my mother well within your budget.
    a bit nervous about a Fiat Panda as I remember reading some advice against buying French/Italian cars etc, think it was a while ago on the wam - will have a look at reviews and prices. Thank you.

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    Never ever no matter what anybody says, get a VW Golf.

    I have had three and all were what can only be described as 'haunted'.

    And with the exception of the MK1 they look well shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kendun View Post
    a bit nervous about a Fiat Panda as I remember reading some advice against buying French/Italian cars etc, think it was a while ago on the wam - will have a look at reviews and prices. Thank you.
    Having owned examples of both over the years I would say there is a big difference between French and Italian cars, in favour of Fiat. Basic cars are basic cars, but the Panda is a cut above most in this sector. And of course, the old shape model was not built in Italy if that's a concern. I've driven 62000 miles in my diseasel Panda, and I don't hang about. No issues at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by florette69 View Post
    Having owned examples of both over the years I would say there is a big difference between French and Italian cars, in favour of Fiat. Basic cars are basic cars, but the Panda is a cut above most in this sector. And of course, the old shape model was not built in Italy if that's a concern. I've driven 62000 miles in my diseasel Panda, and I don't hang about. No issues at all.
    Thank you.

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    I'm looking out for a 1.5 diesel auto Smart Forfour myself.

    This after a 2 Lexus LS400s!
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    Small, fun to drive and very reliable: MINI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornucopia View Post
    I'm looking out for a 1.5 diesel auto Smart Forfour myself.

    This after a 2 Lexus LS400s!
    I've got the manual 95cdi and its a great car. Punchy engine, very reliable and economical. Make sure any auto has had the update done on the gearbox, other than that there's not a lot to go wrong with the Merc engine and Mitsubishi running gear. Mine's done 140k and I'm hoping to get to 200k with it!

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    A bit older but my Audi A2tdi is great, mines a 02 plate and just had a couple sensors and the usual running costs. Done nearly 90000 and still getting 50 plus mpg on my daily 20 mile round trip to work and driving through the horrible Metrolink works. 35 quid a year to tax. Comfy roomy and well just a good car. Well I think so away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzer View Post
    Small only on the inside, fun to drive for something so absurdly heavy and very moderately reliable: BIG GHEY MINI
    fixt

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    This years JD Power/What Car survey had the following..
    City cars...
    1 Toyota iQ
    2 VW Fox
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    5 Smart FourTwo
    6 Hyundai i10
    Ka, Alto, Matiz and Pixo brought up the rear.

    Superminis:
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    2= Nissan Note
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    in the hall of shame were the Corsa, Colt, Grande Punto and Clio.

    These are consumer-oriented results and not necessarily indicative of the best car, just the most satisfied customers. Me, I'd be looking at a Fabia or a Fiesta.

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    http://www.reliabilityindex.com/top-100

    The Fiesta rules on all fronts. Get the 1.6 though. My daughter's 1.4 could do with a bit more oomph IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMEagol View Post
    Love mine, nippy, a load of fun and reliable to boot. Its my second one, I've hauled big chunks of hifi up and down the country as with the passenger seat down its roomier than you'd think. Including one run from Bolton to Brentwood Essex and back in one evening! Must put some oil in it!
    Does it need some?

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    Thanks for the suggestions folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    fixt
    Hmm. I knew you'd say that!
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    Just got Mrs. JB a used Renault Modus 1.5 DCI Dynamique. Lots of room and sliding/folding rear seats, drove up to Edinburgh and back last week, very comfortable drive, the seats are really supportive, very quiet and averaged 64 mpg.

    I'm not crazy, my reality is just different to yours.............................

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