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#1
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Hi guys, 

 

I've finally gotten round to learning to drive. I know, I'm 30.. what of it? :P

Anyway, I've got my test on Jan 30th and I plan to buy my first car shortly after. 

I've got a budget of around £1000 and I've settled on a choice of two cars:

 

2000 - 2003 Skoda Fabia or SEAT Ibiza.

My homework has educated me as far as the differences are pretty much cosmetic. 

The fabia is group 1 and ibiza is group 4.

Ibiza has better looking interior

 

They have the same engine, same MPG, same tax but the Ibiza will cost a whopping £10 a month more to run because of the insurance. 

 

My question is, has anyone driven these cars and noticed anything discernible between them?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark. 


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Not driven either, but the Seats tend to be a bit sportier, which often means a harsher ride around town.

It all depends on whether you consider the looks of the Ibiza to be worth £120 per year?

Me, I'd go for the Skoda!

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Which engine are you looking at?


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If your on a budget mate, no point spending £10 that you don't have to!



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Not driven either, but the Seats tend to be a bit sportier, which often means a harsher ride around town.

It all depends on whether you consider the looks of the Ibiza to be worth £120 per year?

Me, I'd go for the Skoda!

Ian.

 

Fair point

 

Which engine are you looking at?

 

probably the 1.4l petrol

 

If your on a budget mate, no point spending £10 that you don't have to!

 

Hehe, true. Though, it might come down to which ever is available on the day.

It's pretty much

 

this: http://goo.gl/dCwIec

 

vs

 

this: http://goo.gl/vTZVgI

 

I've got to take MOT and tax expiration into account but Looks like I might have to go for the Skoda. 
 


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Going off pictures alone and nothing else, i recon the Fabia just about takes it there..

 

Also its a 5 door and newer so you'll get more stuff/people/bodies in :)

 

Hows about throwing something else into the mix....

 

http://www.autotrade...w,new?logcode=p

 

 

http://www.autotrade...419pf?logcode=p

 

 

http://www.autotrade...419pf?logcode=p



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I do like the old 306's. They were teh s3x when I was in my late teens. I'd love one, though they are a little more expensive. The Fabia will set me back ~£283/£3400 a month/year, but the 306 will be ~£320/£3840. 

 

If we're talking Peugeot's, what I'd really love is something like this:

 

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those have a sort of older mondeo look to them..

 

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Found myself quite tempted by the Octavia over the past couple of days:

 

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It's a bit battered so I think I can negotiate down from £1k. It's super economical, 60ish mpg, so I can justify the insurance increase. 

The tax is £80 less a year, the insurance on TDi classic is up to group 11 but that's only £72 a month vs £65. The 60mpg vs 35/40 is gonna save me a packet on fuel. It's only done 150k, which is nothing for a diesel. 

 

It'd be rude not to....

 

Just have to check the servicing to make sure it'd had it's had a new cam belt at ~140k. 


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I nearly choked on my coffe then when you said it's only done 150k !

But then again Diesels go forever, its not like buying an old Mk2 escort and asking it to do 150k.. Car technology is quite long lasting these days.



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Yeah, a good diesel should happily do 250k. 


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Um, I might have fallen in love with a very pretty car that I know will be very bad for me.... 

 

Alfa 156... 

 

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Lol!

 

good on you if you can get that for a grand! :D

 

The insurance could be a bit scary!!


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Haha, IKR. 

 

The quote's not actually that bad. 

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Assuming I add both my folks to spread the risk.

 

Works out about £90 a month, if I pay monthly. 


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So, I've changed my mind again. Seems I've found the solution to needing something reliable and wanting something good looking...

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Peugeot 407 2.0 HDi. 

 

I've had to up the initial spend a little but it's more economical than the fabia and ibiza, it's only slightly more expensive to insure and the tax is about the same. 


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YEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!

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1 fault and that was because when asked to pull over I blocked a driveway :)


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Congratulations Mark,

 

 

Ian


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Thanks Ian :)


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Excellent news Mark!

Now go Drink (but not drive) your head off ;)

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hehe, thanks mate.


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