danoriordan1402 Registered User

Nissan Primera died on me today - gutted. Desperate noise from the gearbox and a pool of oil under indicates the reconditioned box fitted 12months ago is gone Cost about a grand with a new clutch at the time and since the car is only worth 2.5k approx I wont be spending on it again this time.
Dont do a lot of milage, 20miles a day maybe - something that could pull a small car trailer with a dirtbike.

simx Registered User

id say toyota avensis d4d

working fool Registered User

i recently got a skoda octavia ,,
great value diesel car ,,vw engineering ,well built

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simx said:
id say toyota avensis d4d

Why bother paying a premium for a diesel when only doing 140 miles/week? A sub €3000 D4D Avensis will have a very decent lash of miles on it.

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I was in a similar situation last Christmas.

Decided to buy a cheap 1998 Toyota Corolla 1.6 and it's reliable.

Mechanics say the pre '00 engine is bullet proof (4A-FE engine) and I think it's true. It's a bargain I think personally. Even in the event of the timing belt snapping, it won't do much damage since the spark plugs are vertically placed.

May look ugly but it's packed with Toyota reliability

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danoriordan1402 Registered User

good advice guys - thanks all.

working fool Registered User

yeah you cant beat the older toyotas ,,bullet proof


Any clean SDi VW or Skoda will do the bill as well. You can get them with tow bars as well.

vectra Registered User

You might be able to haggle for this with a wad of cash
Seller looking for a quick sale


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danoriordan1402 Registered User

Nice looking Vectra Vectra
Will prob try to offload the Primera for parts or as a decent project car for someone, shame .

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bazz26 Registered User

Mazda 6:

Honda Accord:

They probably don't come more reliable than those two.

danoriordan1402 Registered User

Am going to have a look at this tomorrow hopefully- any known issues i should look out for?


My mileage will be increasing a fair bit soon so am focusing in the diesel range


Give it a good rev. Look out for any smoke from exhaust particularly blue/black smoke.

When you arrive make sure the engine isn't warm as it might suggest it smokes a lot until it warms up.

Make sure it doesn't smell of unburned diesel.

When rev'ing the engine make sure you can hear the turbo whine.

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Matthewjohn Registered User

Not much just check the gearbox in the Passat

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