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Old 07-06-2021, 06:33 PM   #1
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What to buy for 4k

I'm thinking of returning my Octavia and buying something straight out as I'm looking to get my first mortgage.

Currently on my watch lists is bmw 525i, lexus gs, saab 93 etc, want to to be petrol and auto and don't mind engine size as it as longs at its not stupidly expensive to fill up, I do around 12k a year.

Any ideas or pitfalls of the cars I've listed, I'm going to take a peak at a 07 525i tomorrow for just shy of 4k
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Old 07-06-2021, 07:15 PM   #2
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If its the lci then injectors and nox sensors, is 250 would be a good choice too.
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Old 07-06-2021, 08:16 PM   #3
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Take a look at the KB Honda Legend. Way ahead of its time and full of toys. A bit unusual as not many on the road in the UK.
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£4k is a tricky price bracket for anything that isn't a 1.4 Yaris - as at the end of the day this isn't mums net.

we bought the VRS for £4k - then had to spend another £1k fixing it. thing is at that money you're buying someone else's problems.

anything 07 etc that's cool - such as the 525 - will need money spending on it, then it hits the savings.

buying good cars is like sex and comedy, its all about the timing. and if ur handing one car back and need another straight away it puts pressure on the dance, and we all know what happens under pressure......

id hand the car back, buy a mot'd £500 run a about - that's always guna be £500 so u can sell it - and get the feelers out for a car someone is selling due to stopping driving, death in the family, down sizing, getting a company car etc
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Lexus RX400h is a left field but good choice. Very reliable, combined power output of 265hp, very comfortable, very practical.
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I don't have a mortgage but my mate is on his second house and the first was small but solidly built (didn't know him when he bought that one). The second house bigger, newer and severely neglected. Most of the work is done now but came at some cost and has taken best part of two years to get it to an acceptable level, not to mention the countless late nights, I know a little more DIY now to say the least.

I know the BMW is tempting but my vote would be on something Japanese such as the Lexus. He had downgraded from a newish Clio to a £750 megane not long before moving. He had it about 4 years and was relatively trouble tree considering the shear abuse it got, After using a skip to turf most of the junk out of the house, the Megane was used from anything from tip runs with general rubbish to carrying doors, plasterboard and even bricks and sand. Eventually the house was mostly finished and then the megane was cleaned with some of my help as he didn't need such a large car sold on for around £400 which several years later isnt bad at all imo. His wife has a newer Focus and he got a Mini One, clean little car but did say he'd be better with a yaris as he'd be bored of not fixing it.

Other options depending on house if your likely to need a tool to help with the move easier and any future house work..... Estate car???? Volvo maybe?
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Come across a 55 plate Saab 93 aero 2.0 t with an auto box, anyone had dealings with Saab as it seems to be a good car to keep for a year or so whilst the mortgage gets sorted
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Come across a 55 plate Saab 93 aero 2.0 t with an auto box, anyone had dealings with Saab as it seems to be a good car to keep for a year or so whilst the mortgage gets sorted
Check the roadtax, some fall into the £500 plus per year, other than that the engines a pretty strong and the chassis vauxhall. I always preferred the 9-5
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Check the roadtax, some fall into the £500 plus per year, other than that the engines a pretty strong and the chassis vauxhall. I always preferred the 9-5
Cheers Steve, took a look and was ropey as hell, the 530i is rather tasty though, just need to heat back from skoda now and maybe I can sort something out
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