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Car recommendations (likely Petrol Hybrid)

  • 06-01-2022 1:54pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭ jeffk

    Car recommendations (likely Petrol Hybrid)

    Looking at changing from a 2010 Ford Focus Diesel, after a LONG list of issues the latest one has made my mind up to change (basically I don’t drive it hard or long enough or both and DPF gives trouble so must clear error and/or drive the B out of it)

    · Petrol (obviously) but then I’m thinking petrol hybrid so one foot in the future?

    · Want to get automatic and whatever other bells and whistles I can get (USB connection in radio a MUST)

    · Mostly in around Dublin driving, hence the auto/hybrid, most big one is Navan once a week and then whatever holidays (so you can see why diesel is acting up)

    · 5 door hatchback, normal size or whatever you call it (like the corolla has a Luna version)

    · Normal sized boot, I think the ones I seen most from Toyota and Honda had tiny boots

    · Not sure on budget as I’m not sure what the ford will bring traded in (seen €3-4K on average) so maybe say €7k

    · Year again on budget I’m guessing be lucky to get a 2012 or 131/2

    Can travel within reason (don’t want to have to go hours from Dublin to be looking or to be told be ready in x weeks and go down again) from Blanch

    Thanks for any help (the last time I asked you help herself get one, which she still has)


  • Registered Users Posts: 50,137 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    I can tell you now that you won't get much in the way of a hybrid for the money you want to spend along with your Focus. Your Focus is probably worth about 2k max (less if it has issues) while even a 2012/2013 hybrid like an Auris are probably fetching above 10k unless it has mega mileage or is a shed. Hybrids are in vogue and as such they are expensive even at that age.

    The only hybrid I could possibly see within your price range is the Honda Insight:

    Most Insights are Japanese imports with the odd UK import about. Tend to be generally cheaper than the equivalent Toyota Prius and as popular with taxi drivers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭ jeffk

    Thanks for suggestion and information, I think I even looked at that before

    Petrol hybrid is an idea, not the end of the world if I ended up just at petrol

    Any issues with the car are fixed, only one now is its the wrong fuel type for how much or more little I drive

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,137 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    Will be hard enough to find a mid size automatic petrol car for reasonable money.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭ jeffk

    Any recommendations if I give up on hybrid and auto's?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭ jeffk

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  • Registered Users Posts: 50,137 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    That's a Toyota Aqua rather than Prius. The Aqua is a Japanese market car and more similar in size to a Yaris. They are also very easy to be stolen too apparently.

    If you can go manual then the likes of a petrol Hyundai i30, Kia Ceed and Mazda3 come into the picture.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭ jeffk

    When you zoom in you see is an aqua yeah, seen them before and as your said are small

    Herself has a kia ceed, don't like the gearing as very clunky and rattles at normal speeds and the engine goes mad on motorway (like you'd need another gear)

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,137 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26