Good first car? 17 yrs old in UK

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Electricblue, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Electricblue


    Feb 1, 2011
    Hi guys, I'm learning to drive at the moment and I'm looking for a car. I hopefully should pass before my 18th birthday in July 2013. I want to pass before I insure it etc.

    I'm looking at medium sized hatchbacks mainly, but not too small. A Citroen Saxo or Ford Fiesta would be too small (and chavvy).

    I don't like the cars coming out nowadays, they all look like a bloated ankle. Maybe late 90's or early 2000's would be better, I like cars around that period. I like good reliability, cheap to insure, cheap to run and reasonable chunkyness all round. And of course, space for a rig :bassist: I'm running a 4x10 and 1x15 but will soon be changing it to another 4x10.

    I'm thinking of these so far:

    Vauxhall Astra


    Peugeot 306


    Mercedes E190



    BMW 318


    Ok, maybe the last two are a bit ambitious, but you get the idea :D

    I'm not one of these idiots who think it's Tokyo Drift or treat the road like a rally course. I just need to get to work and back (about 10 miles each way) by car instead of the bus, and maybe some long roadtrips in the summer :D

    Any help would be great!
  2. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

  3. Insurance is a biggie at your age.

    Newer style Ford Fiesta or Focus models are fairly decent in size. KIA also have some nice offerings. A great deal of my friends had 206s and 306s, one had an Astra (nice car!). I'll also say the Fiesta is a lot less chavvy than a 306 ;-)

    I'll also say I've never had issue getting my 810 into a hatchback with one of the back seats down.
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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Unless you are very well off or a mechanic, I would leave the BMW and Benz alone because they will be old and very expensive to repair.
  6. 8_finger

    8_finger Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    There is a great Top Gear episode that answers that question.:bag:
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Buy whatever you can afford, and can afford to insure. Fords are alway a good bet here in the UK, in terms of running costs. Unless you're rich, you're not in a position to be too choosy.
  8. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    Damn you beat me to it.
  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    I am a mechanic and still wouldn't buy either one of those heaps.
  10. Nahguavkire


    Sep 28, 2012
    BMW E46 316 Touring. Insurance will be a little higher but they've plenty of space and they're comfortable and pretty decent reliability.
  11. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    Avoid E30's unless you have a large budget for parts and like working on your car.

    From experience (at least in the US)