So my skyline is gone and i need to move on. I though i knew what i want, when i had no money, but now when i got stuff sorted i dont want anything ffs..
So anyway, i need new car to upgrade from my bangornomics Ford. i will still keep it as an emergency car. it saved me a fantastic amount of money and it has fresh nct too.
well, so here it goes, but it has a few twists:
budget 7k/8k ( ill explain )
car has to be fun or luxury, BUT no more super modified stuff with sports coilovers
car has to have at least basic comfort
4 seats, no roadsters as i have one already. reasonably practical.
car can be up to 8k eu if it stays up to 2.0l tax wise.
car can be up to 5-6k, but tax can be up to 3.0l ( so i can pay tax for a year and a bit, from the budget.
has to be reasonable mpg, 25mpg is grand.
i do very small milage. 200 miles per 3 weeks if i go only to work. add good few miles if i decide to go to cork city etc.
so far the i have looked in to this:
astra opc - a great middle ground for me. i love looks, love 240hp, love tax, but i will need to hunt down one for around 7.5k eu. not many of them out there for sale and some of them are still around 10k.
Corsa OPC - love it, same as above. price wise it is very weird. there are one for 7.5k and one for 8.9k on donedeal. i dont know if there is a point checking carzone as it became ad graveyard with cars for sale with 100 days old ads.
Subaru WRX - i always wanted a boxer engine, but if i go for one, it would have to be as standart as possible. no engine mods or scangorizing.
bmw 520/525 ( e60 ) - its a hard one. i like the looks of it, but i have no idea how to live with one. i am really afraid to buy a modern car with more electronics, then nasa computer. if anyone knows anything about them or has one, could their share their experience, running costs mpg etc?
bmw 530d ( e60 ) as above, but it has quite a twist. i could look past 3.0 tax on it, as i could buy one for 5-6k eu and pay tax for 2-3 years, before i break even with 2.0 in the same time, which will be bought 8k eu. in the end of the day it is diesel engine too, so mpg will be better then anything above, but it will have a good kick too, when i need it. biggest problem - reliability. i know jack shiet about them, how reliable turbos and electronic on these.
Volvo s80 (07 new model ) - love the looks and interior. gets huge thumbs up from misses too. 2.0turbo engine wount win any drags, but it will be more then enough for overtaking. luxury with very affordable tax. problem - i dont have a clue about about it as a car to live with. running cots and reliability. anyone know anything? feel free to share your info.
Cars that are big NO NO:
bmw 3 series
Saab ( misses dislike them )
audi a2 a3 a4 a6 a8 TT - insert any audi there.
now i will need your help on this as i am going out of my comfort zone with this next car. i always stayed up to 00' year, as those cars were simple and easy to repair. no stupid electronics. now i have to go up the years, so i am sailing in a very murky waters.