I'm in a 99 Corolla liftback with the ugly headlights and plenty of dings and scrapes. It's hideous but it goes.
For the 20k I've put on the clock and not counting the petrol, I've spent a grand total of €750 on her (including a new set of tyres and a post-passing the NCT service!).
Well 6yrs ago hubby went into a garage and signed all the paperwork for a brand new Cordoba, i walked out and said i didn't really want it as if i scratched it he'd kill me so he furiously went back and cancelled it. Went to the shop to get Sunday dinner that weekend and bought a 92 auto Micra paid €600 and i loved it, used to move the s60 to drive the micra instead even though everybody thought i was mad.
A month after i had it a tractor reversed into it causing €700 worth of damage to the front end which the guy insisted on paying. 6 yrs later we have a new car so i've just given the Micra to family and in 6 yrs its had 3 ncts and cost a total of €360 to get through all of them and i've spent another €70 in the garage. It passed its 3rd nct since i bought it last mnth so its a real bargain and i want it back
Well I think I will be on the other side of the fence here.
I got last year a 98" mondeo for 500eu. Spent 200eu to get ncted and full service with few bushings done. I jumped in to it after skyline which went offroad. It's a grand car even now. We haven't spend a penny on it so far all year. It is driven everyday and it eats up miles like a tank! Great car, but when I was driving it ( after Nissan ) the only thing I wanted to do: put a gun in to my mouth... It's bland, boring and feels like a brick, I am not evan talking about 20 horses, which left in the stables since 98... I don't like to take it if I meet new people as it looks like a scrapyard on wheels.
I was going to Carlow 2 weeks ago to pick up a puppy dachshund. I really did not wanted to take ford, as the seller would have second thoughs about us and to what sort of home will puppy go if people drive such a crap on wheels. ( i know i would second thoughts )No matter what anyone will say, but car can make opinion about you. I am not saying car has to be a top of the range merc. I am just saying that car should be nice, clean looking and tidy.
For now I still love my bargonics ford. It saved us a ton of money last year. If it will pass nct this year with no big investments, then we might squizze one more year out of it. Though I will try to talk in misses to buy something nicer this year. She was kind enough to give me back my mx5, as ford was just making me depressed as hell, but I really want her to drive something nicer.
I guess most of you will call me stupid, but hey... I am petrol head, and I do love nice cars. For me A to B cars are the biggest tourcher you can ever do to me.
Meh, I take a perverse pride in the Corolla. It's like a badge of honour in recession time Ireland. I'll buy something nice when I can afford something nice but having a family it's a fairly low priority. Would rather be able to bring the missus and kids on a family holiday than upgrade the car...
Well I would buy a better car for misses instead of holiday. Holiday is only for 1-2 weeks max, where's you will be sitting in car everyday for years. She would be safer in better car, have better quality of drive, better mood.
In fact misses was in car accsident. She crashed head on with another car after sharp ****y corner. Medics, Garda were saying in one voice: the only reason she walked out of this crash with just few bruises was that Mercedes clk. it had more airbags then then screws in it. If she would be in one of those tiny little old bangornics yoke I might have no misses shadowhearth.
Everyone has their own way of spending money. And fair play to anyone who can drive bangornics. Fair play to them, for me it's just torture.
Bringing me back Rover bringing me back! have not seen one of them since i was about 13!
Found out today that the hinge on my passenger door is broken. My sister opened the door too quickly a while back that must have done the trick.
Only a week after the window got stuck as well. Awfully embarrassing pulling up to a car park and having to get out of the car to get the ticket because you can't roll down the window at all.
I think this song will sum up most cars in this thread, including mine.
Mate there is nothing remotely embarrasing about that car. Its a BMW Touring with cool wheels
It's the whiteness of the car, if it was any other colour I wouldn't have gotten any sh*t over it!
I used to like it, it's relative uniqueness appealed to me, I only went out to get some breakfast the Saturday I bought it
(I actually bought it without test driving it such was the appeal)
I spend an awful long time mulling over the purchase of a car!!
... as we all should, quite a few times I've seen a yoke advertised and just bought it after a quick look over. All relatively cheap (very most of them) ones though.