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Looking to buy this hybrid car. Better off getting a petrol one?

  • 21-09-2021 4:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    Afternoon all,

    Just looking this car (can't paste links)

    2016 Toyota Aqua 1.5 Hybrid; €9,850; 94,216 km from "lowcostcarandvansales dot com"

    I've never used a hybrid car but the lower car tax, insurance and running costs caught my eye, since I'm also buying a house.

    I was initially thinking on this:

    OPEL ASTRA 2016 1.4 PETROL; €11,950; 78,000 from "Diamond Car Sales"

    I can't see the cons of the hybrid other than a relatively high mileage. Battery?

    You can see my budget is max 10K. Won't be really giving extensive use but don't want a 1.0L either

    Am I far off with that hybrid?

    Thanks for the time



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,977 ✭✭✭ User1998

    Toyota Aqua is a nice car but they are easily stolen and a Japanese import so check insurance before committing to one

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,747 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    It's a Japanese import, the head unit will be in Japanese and a pain in the hole to look at every day, otherwise a fine car. Easy to steal and insurance issues as mentioned too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    Thank you both! Ok, is there a way to check whether it won't be in Japanese? or is it that all Aqua are Japan imported and will face the same? in that case, should I go for a Prius if I want a "cheap-ish" hybrid?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,977 ✭✭✭ User1998

    Prius will be in Japanese as well. I never found it overly annoying in the Aqua and it might be possible to change it to English.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    Right, thanks again. I will check insurance first as ye said.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 230 ✭✭ pale rider

    A friend bought one, the seller changed the touchscreen to English at no extra charge so just ask the seller to do that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,977 ✭✭✭ User1998

    Its not just the touch screen, its the speedometer and all the stuff built into the car. Touch screen is easy to swap out

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    I'll get in touch with the insurance and if I'm happy I'll ask the seller. Maybe the previous owner already swapped it

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ marklazarcovic

    Honda fit hybrid is far superior to the aqua,aqua is very basic. Been in both , several models,when looking a year ago.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭ Notch000

    the newer astras are a miserable POS

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,536 ✭✭✭ Leonard Hofstadter

    Some of the engines in them are junk as well, the diesels should be avoided like the plague

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,977 ✭✭✭ User1998

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    ha, so I had ruled out those hybrid because of the high mileage and have found out they were taxi

    So the opel/vauxhall astras are s...e too?

    I looked into

    2016 (161) Opel Astra, SRi 1.4i 100PS, 72K Km from Murphy Doyle (although from the pics I can see is Vauxhal)

    and the previous astra I had put up here

    2016 (161) Opel Astra

    1.4 SC Hatchback Petrol Manual (100bhp), 78K Km from "Diamond Car Sales"

    Are these s...e too then? Why is so? engine?

    In that case, Maybe I should ask it the other way around? What would be good value for around 10K?

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,125 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    There is not very much in the way of good value out there now. Your 10k goes less further than it did say 12 months or 2 years ago. Used cars have gotten more expensive since Brexit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    Yeah, so I've read. But I've also read it's not getting any better either so it's like building a computer. Should I wait until the new model of X comes out or buy now? Just buy it when you need it I believe.

    So in your opinion the astras as meh?

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,125 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    Yes, there is a reason there are 2016 models within your budget. They are not very desirable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    Are they faulty? Is it specific to Astra or any 2016 car in general?

  • Registered Users Posts: 40 impop

    ok, nevermind, those 2 Astras are gone now haha. What about Corsa SE from 2016? Same old same old?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8 Gatorcar

    Just to point out if you are thinking of buying a Japanese import, 100k km in Japan will generally have a lot less wear and tear than 100k km in Ireland as the Japanese owners are pretty meticulous and the shaken (Japanese NCT) is super strict so cars are well taken care of.