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Concerning the imminent demise of my car [Jul. 20th, 2009|03:50 pm]
Douglas Spencer

My car needs a new gearbox, the old gearbox has decided to chew itself up.

What with labour and all the rest of it, a replacement gearbox would cost something like £3,000 -- which I hadn't anticipated spending just at the moment.

It's done 120,000 miles, and even if I gave it a new gearbox it's not guaranteed that I'd get another 60,000 miles out of it before something else substantial needed doing.

So it looks like I'll be getting another car in the next few days.

Times are hard and budgets are tight, so it seems likely that my next car will be quite a small one. This will have implications for things like the amounts of stuff I can take to conventions, how useful I am helping people to move stuff from point A to point B, how agile you'll need to be to get into and out of the back seat, and so on.

Ah well. I'm going to go to the dealership now, and ask them how little I can pay for a car and still have a reasonable expectation that I won't be crippled after four-hour drive.

[User Picture]From: redbrown
2009-07-20 04:49 pm (UTC)
That is sad to hear for I have fond memories of stuffing every pillar box for miles with MHs with the aid of your funky red car.

On the small car front, I would volunteer the Citroen C1 is (from experience) deceptively spacious, easy and comfortable to drive and cheap. The only draw back is the boot is really a rear glove box.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-07-20 07:41 pm (UTC)
The "funky red car" is a C3, and has served me very well and led me to feel good about the brand.

The C1 is likely to be my first choice, if I can persuade myself that the driving position isn't going to cripple me on long journeys. It's only very rarely now that I have more than two people in the car and so rear passenger doors shouldn't be an issue, and if there's lots of luggage I can fold the back seats down.

And they still do the C1 and C2 in red, unlike the C3.
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[User Picture]From: redbrown
2009-07-20 09:02 pm (UTC)
The driving position works well for me. I do long journeys without a problem. What I really liked was the room around the pedals which is lacking in a lot of small cars (I have big feet). Whether that suits your needs is only something a test drive will reveal.

The C1 can come with four doors (which I got and it was worth the extra pennies). There's plenty of room for two adults in the front. The boot holds a week's shopping. Four adults also fit well, just not with much luggage! The back seats go fairly flat so you can fit a lot in that way. Have had a (flat packed) dining table and four chairs in mine.

I went for the red. Partly because red cars always go better and mainly because I wasn't going to pay extra for metallic paint!

Car tax is £35 a year, insurance group 1 (the lowest possible) and I'm getting 54-57 mpg in the summer (that's even with the air con on). (Winter was slightly worse at 50-54 mpg but it was very cold this year!)

I am aware that I keep sounding like a C1 advert whenever someone says they're looking for a car. I promise I'm not paid by Citroen in any way.
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[User Picture]From: andrewwilde
2009-07-21 08:57 pm (UTC)
C1 is a good car - fairly safe and very economical. C3 is (from what I've heard) also not bad, but the C2 is a waste of space, being no better than the C1 yet more money, less efficient, lower crash protection, and less reliable (again, this is from not having driven any, but knowing someone who owned a C1 and seened to know his stuff).
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