If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Private profiles - please note that profiles marked as private will soon be public. This will facilitate moderation so mods can view users' warning histories. All of your posts across the site will appear on your profile page (including PI, RI). Groups posts will remain private except to users who have access to the same Groups as you. Thread here
Some important site news, please read here. Thanks!

Reliable car circa €5k

  • 11-12-2021 7:47am
    Registered Users Posts: 4,836 ✭✭✭ long_b

    Our trusted relics have both given up the ghost this year so time to move on.

    Reliability and cheap to run are the major factors for us. Seeing a fair few of these in our price range. Mostly from 2010-2012

    Any comments on general reliability of these makes /models please ?

    (I'm taking an irrational stand against Micras on principle :) )



    Hyundai I20

    Nissan Note

    Post edited by LIGHTNING on


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,382 ✭✭✭ goochy

    Can't really go wrong with Japanese or Korean it's Just important to go for one that's well looked after and not too high mileage . What mileage are u covering ? City or country driving ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,836 ✭✭✭ long_b

    Country driving, maybe 15k a year ?

    In my head over 100K miles is high - is that too low to be high ?

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Diesel Skoda Octavia with full service history. Make sure dual mass flywheel and timing belt was changed, and look out for worn/leaking shocks.

    Good luck, and good drive.

    Post edited by [Deleted User] on

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,191 ✭✭✭ Flinty997

    I think the note (while not a looker) is very overlooked multipurpose design.

    For reliability you'd have to at the various long term car surveys. I don't think the old adage of go Japanese is as true as it was in the past.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,533 ✭✭✭ iceage

    I picked up a 12 reg UK import 1.5D Nissan Note there a couple of years ago a with about 70 thousand on the clock, paid 5K for it. Great car economical on fuel, easy to park and a decent size interior and adaptable boot space. Not a lot of street cred but she serves me well.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 4,836 ✭✭✭ long_b

    Ended up going with a 2012 Skoda Fabia 1.4L.

    Thanks for the advice