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    next car?

    The fiesta seems to be dead now was driving to work and the clutch/gearbox gave up, and seized. I coasted along the dual carrageway and parked on the grass and towed home :'(
    This will be far too expensive to fix... even diy.. it will need a near clutch/gearbox and the engine would need to come out to do it. The current engine is not worth putting back in either.


    So what should I look for next? It needs to be cheap... *if* i can sell this (as parts or scrap.. or for repair by someone with too much time..) i doubt i will get much for it..

    so......I have -£300 to spend, which is not a good place to start... so I will likely wait atleast a week or two until i have some cash (or use my card :/) even though I need some way to get to work.

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    Re: next car?

    Save a bit of cash and get yourself something Japanese from the early to mid nineties. Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla would do the trick, you might be able to get something decent for around that.

    Have a look on the trader, its all new and shiney now

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    Re: next car?

    Was it this one?
    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-automo...ew-engine.html

    Did you make the right decision?

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    Re: next car?

    Save some money.

    Or just buy another fezza while you do, lets face it no car for 300 pounds is ever going to be good and run for ever.

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    Re: next car?

    Josh - don't think he ended up changing the engine in the end?

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    Re: next car?

    nah I didnt, but if I did I would have changed the clutch (if worn, I assume you can measure the wear) and so this wouldnt have happened..........
    I would seriously consider it though, *if* it was a complete engine with all the needed bits (as it would be if i took it out of another car of the same model), but that one was just a stripped rs1800 engine with no ancillarys and not 100% known if it worked.



    the 300 pounds.. thats negative... any purchase would be with the aid of my cc or a loan from parents (again, just as i pay off the last one) :/

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    Re: next car?

    What do people thing about suizuki swifts? theres one near me for sale, £400. Not sure what model or age (somewhere 1990-1995 i think, need to check the plate) but its a 1.4.

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    Re: next car?

    i agree with someone above, for that amount of money, you need something very very reliable and the only choices are toyota corolla or honda civic

    i am not even sure if suzuki engines are good/reliable compared....

    i also recommend you try saving up...although i know it is difficult sometimes...

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    Re: next car?

    My friend bought a suzuki swift and she loves it. It's got power steering, electric windows etc, although it is an R reg. Probably very reliable, but parts aren't going to be as cheap or as easily available as Fiestas, especially as every scrap yard in town probably has some broken fiestas lying around.

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    Re: next car?

    Nissan Micra - K11

    I (still) had one for 8 years and it has no intention of giving up ever (My brother now drives it)

    Reliable as ever, only things that have had to be replaced were due to my fault.

    I would seriously recommend one as they don't seem to ever die.

    just checked Autotrader and there are plenty about for around £300

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    Re: next car?

    Agree with the Micra - as an exciting drive, forget it. They just work, and if you're after something to get you from A to B without having to use your legs, they're great. It's just a car, nowt fancy and cheap as chips to run

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    Re: next car?

    Renault Clio. Ive had mine 4 years from new and she is still purring like a kitten and never had any trouble with it.
    Go for something french!

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    Re: next car?

    Quote Originally Posted by usxhe190 View Post
    i agree with someone above, for that amount of money, you need something very very reliable and the only choices are toyota corolla or honda civic

    i am not even sure if suzuki engines are good/reliable compared....

    i also recommend you try saving up...although i know it is difficult sometimes...
    nope that is compleatly wrong. I agree with the jap reliability thing but only to a point. on a 12 year old car, all are equal, becuase many expensive things will be partly worn and it is luck whether something big fails on you in 1 year or 3. £300 of car is priced that way becuase its not going to pass its next mot or there is something wrong with it. If not it would be £800.

    Fiestas are not acctually that common in the scrapyard. Ive had a good look myself and most of them, 99% are the older 8v cvh engines. People dont scrap them, becuase they are cheap to fix and keep going

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    Re: next car?

    Fiestas are great older cars, as they are dirt cheap on parts and the availability is there.. As i have said before When i had mine and bits broke i dont think anything exceeded 30 quid, bar the alternator maybe..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentDeath View Post
    nope that is compleatly wrong. I agree with the jap reliability thing but only to a point. on a 12 year old car, all are equal, becuase many expensive things will be partly worn and it is luck whether something big fails on you in 1 year or 3. £300 of car is priced that way becuase its not going to pass its next mot or there is something wrong with it. If not it would be £800.

    Fiestas are not acctually that common in the scrapyard. Ive had a good look myself and most of them, 99% are the older 8v cvh engines. People dont scrap them, becuase they are cheap to fix and keep going
    i do agree that it might be more expensive to fix a japanese car due to parts but i still believe the overall package (electronics, clutch, engine) in a honda civic/toyota corolla is better for 12+ car years

    well at least we agree you should save a bit more £300 just isn't enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aidso View Post
    Renault Clio. Ive had mine 4 years from new and she is still purring like a kitten and never had any trouble with it.
    Go for something french!
    Not wanting to offend - but French cars have been notourious in the past for poor build quality compared to German and Japanese cars!

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