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    Re: next car?

    civic and corollas are only more reliable because the only ever see 5th gear and usually dont exceeed 40mph on a nsl dual carrage way..

    All im saying.. a car this age something will likely go wrong.. usually a minor small cheap part, and japanese is not cheap when it does.

    The car im looking at is a 1.0/3cyl/52hp suzuki swift. The engine bay is almost empty, and everything is purely mechanical rather than electronic. If I wanted, there is even space for me to acctually stand inside the engine bay, maybe even space for a seat
    If it breaks, the space and ease of getting to bits would be very nice. the fiesta has a lot more crap filling up the engine bay.



    I would be tempted by another cheap fiesta since mine is good for parts, except rust is a major issue with them


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    Not wanting to offend - but French cars have been notourious in the past for poor build quality compared to German and Japanese cars!
    BUT... french cars dont rust, and when they go wrong its usually electrics/sensors rather than anything mecanical. 306's make up the majority of posts in the pitstop, but I think 80% or so are about the ISCV
    I would be very tempted by a 306 is one were cheap. Also think they are one of the nicest looking hatchbacks (with 106 and 205 being the worst looking )
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    Re: next car?

    good luck! agree with japanese parts are expensive generally! also agree that at that age, something will go wrong (guess i was thinking the frequency that's all )

    general observation for me is that one bad bit for japanese are their bodies, to me they are more prone to rust ...but their electronics and engines are top notch

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    well the car im looking at, the bodywork is not tooo bad, although somehow the bonnet has THOUSANDS of small dents all over it - in a carmeggeddon sort of way . I dont really like white cars but then as I say with my current car you cant see the paintwork when your driving, cept the bonnet :/

    What are parts like from suzuki? I assume since they are a big manufactuer in bikes, that it wont be so bad, as bikes tend to need more frequent servicing.

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    Im pretty sure that susuki are not that bad, although getting some of the batterys seemed to be a pain, il ask my father as he buys and sells spares and stuff for all brands.

    And as you say most of the problems with the 306 are electrical, if you keep it serviced then the engines are very stong. And yes they are a great looking car but then im bias as i own the best looking car of the bunch (although a white rallye would be better )

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    Re: next car?

    If you fancy something a bit bigger and you don't mind the fact that it has no streett cred, then have a look on ebay for a Nissan Bluebird, you can pick up a real minter of one for £350 - £500 notes.

    General things that go on Bluebirds are bubbling paint work on the wheel arches. I had one for a year and all it ever cost me was a new battery and an Alternator. Solid cars that keep on going and going and going, and bits aren't too hard to get hold of either.

    Would be far more comfortable than a Suzuki Swift and a bit more powerful too, lowish insurance groups too, around group 5 or 6 I think for a 1.8.

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    bluebirds are ooooooooooooooooooooold, like 1980's?
    or maybe early 1990's when they stopped making them? not sure but I would think parts are very hard to get by now?

    White rallyes look horrible. I havent noticed it on many other white cars (damn now im going to notice it on this ) but I find it hard not to notice the gaps between body panels which appear huge, although they may not be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentDeath View Post
    bluebirds are ooooooooooooooooooooold, like 1980's?
    or maybe early 1990's when they stopped making them? not sure but I would think parts are very hard to get by now?

    White rallyes look horrible. I havent noticed it on many other white cars (damn now im going to notice it on this ) but I find it hard not to notice the gaps between body panels which appear huge, although they may not be.
    Quite easy to get parts for even now mate They stopped making them when they got to about H plates, basically when Nissan started making the Primera. I remeber when I had mine 4 years ago it wasn't at all hard to get the bits for them.

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    God, I thought Bluebirds were old fashioned the last time I can actually remember seeing one, and that was about 15 years ago...

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    Re: next car?

    If you can find a cheap enough Skoda since they've been taken over by VW that's not a bad plan. The new SKoda's are basically VWs and have VW reliability generally, and they are Much cheaper than the VW they are based on. I'm not sure though that you would find one in your price range. Mine is a Skoba Fabia Estate Y Reg (2001) which was bought last year for £2500 and has no problems so far. Might be worth looking at them anyway,

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    Re: next car?

    Swift's are apparently great, especially ancient GTI versions, or so an old pal kept telling me. Best place for spares and where to source them is the owners club.

    £300 might buy a battered Maxima QX. There's one in the family that must be worth about that. 3.0V6, leather, cruise control and auto. Corners are often battered due to massive overhangs and parts like the exhaust don't really exist outside Japan anymore but those can be rebuilt from sheet and a welding torch we've discovered!

    A mid-eighties Polo would also be fun. Grab a end of era H-reg Ranger with a 1.3 (1272cc 65bhp) and you'll be talking 0-60 in 12ish and no servo's to go wrong! In fact it's only rust or CV joints that matter. Ok and possibly the head gasket but I'm sure there'll still be a few good 'uns about
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