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    I have an Audi A3 3.2 Quattro 55 reg at the moment. Insurance is not to bad (£900 fully comp and I'm 23 and live in one of the dodgiest parts of Manchester)

    My target is to get something along the lines of an Aston Martin before I'm 27 though. Long way to go before I get to that!
    You want an Aston Martin yet you live in a dodgy part of Manchester?! Brave, brave man!

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    Skoda Fabia vRS - I needed something more economical than my VR6 and still be reasonably fun to drive.

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    Having spent £500 per month on repairs average and many, many man hours to keep my 200sx on the road, I decided I wanted a car that was cheaper to run, but still reasonably fast. Also it had to have air con.
    So I bought a Xsara VTS that was completely standard, and later that year in a dyno day, the completely standard car dynoed 179 BHP
    Not bad for a car that'll do over 30 MPG and a 15.7 second quarter (down the pod - got the slip to prove it!)
    I'll probably be selling it this winter but havent decided what to replace it with yet.
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    Having survived without a car for years, I went for one a year ago as I was cycling to work on a busy, narrow A-road in icy weather. Lorries would bomb down it and clip me. And twice car's would swerve in front of me seeminly to try to knock me off. Once a guy was leaning out of the window to scream at me while trying to hit me.

    Ended up going for a 3year old Mazda 323. Red, 1.6.
    Works well, holds all I need to, and should last for a long while.


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    Parents bought the one that I drive now (about 10 years agoo) because they have 4 kids and with them, thats 6 of the 7 seats in a ford Galaxy.

    Also it doubles as a delivery vechicle when buying bulky stuff for the chippy and also because the guys at Renault ket ignoring my dad when he wanted one of their cars!

    Oh and I think us (the kids!) went "I want this one........"
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    It's funny how good sales reps are at actually stopping people from buying their cars

    My dad was the same - went into a couple of dealers wanting to test and buy a car that day - the disinterest of the rep led him to go elsewhere at least 3 times.

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    I bought what I did because I couldn't find anything else that I liked that gave me the performance I wanted at a price I was prepared to pay. I looked for quite a while, tried a variety of alternatives and bought the one I loved when I tested it.

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    Mine costs £40 Tax per year, does 70+ mpg with about 420 miles to a tank, and costs £400 to insure (I'm 21) and its not a Prius.

    Reasons speak for them selves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I bought what I did because I couldn't find anything else that I liked that gave me the performance I wanted at a price I was prepared to pay. I looked for quite a while, tried a variety of alternatives and bought the one I loved when I tested it.
    That the M3? Nice cars, but I'd still be tempted more by the new 3.4 Boxster S (As far as I know, they are a similar price new)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    That the M3? Nice cars, but I'd still be tempted more by the new 3.4 Boxster S (As far as I know, they are a similar price new)
    Which, of course, wasn't an option at the time.

    But, for that matter, I've tried a few Porsches. They are certainly interesting, but I just don't like the drive. The only one I enjoyed actually driving was a 911 Turbo, and I certainly wouldn't have wanted it as an only car. And I could have had two M3s and £20k change for what it would have cost me.

    Each to his own, I guess, but to me, Porsches are just too much of a "look at me" car, especially for a bloke of my age. I'd feel like a plonker, to be honest. An M3, on the other hand, is quick when you want it, but as tame as a pet dog when you just want to potter about town. And, while those interested in cars might know what it is and what it can do, for most people it's just another common-as-muck 3-Series.

    As I say, each to his own. For me, the M3 was a practical option. A Boxster wasn't, even if I had liked them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorza View Post
    Mine costs £40 Tax per year, does 70+ mpg with about 420 miles to a tank, and costs £400 to insure (I'm 21) and its not a Prius.

    Reasons speak for them selves.
    What is it then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    What is it then?

    An Aygo black. Had a ka before it nothing special or flashy about either of them but they get the job done without any problems.

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    We've a Mazda 6 2.0 TS.

    I had always liked Mazdas, and in particular the old 323, but never had the dosh for one then. The 6 is a pretty similar shape but a wee bit bigger. Would have liked an RX-8 but the missus felt it was too much of a stretch. She's wanting kids and stuff. Bah !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorza View Post
    An Aygo black. Had a ka before it nothing special or flashy about either of them but they get the job done without any problems.
    i really enjoyed test-driving an aygo. cracking little car

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