£500 ish budget

This is the place for posts that don't fit into any other category.

Moderator: RichardW

ssray
Posts: 81
Joined: 10 Oct 2004, 22:41

£500 ish budget

Post by ssray » 10 Oct 2004, 22:48

i need a cheap diesel car over 10yrs old(cheaper insurance) should i go bx(poss estate),zx,xantia(at this price,a money pit?)or 405 estate.
i have a 1989 205d at the mo.
[:D]

VisaGTi16v
Posts: 829
Joined: 27 Sep 2002, 21:39

Post by VisaGTi16v » 10 Oct 2004, 23:21

309 would be another option if you want to stick to psa and at least most of it would be familiar with you due to its 205 front half

bikeboyz
Posts: 501
Joined: 21 Aug 2004, 17:26

Post by bikeboyz » 11 Oct 2004, 03:42

309 would be my suggestion, lots of private owner miles where as many 405 were fleet miles. The little Citroen AX14D for more than 60mpg or a high milage Xantia with come in to the £500 bracket. If you head out of France then you'll find loads of old Cavilier and Escorts kicking about. Staying in Europe, a late Fiat Uno 1.7D., A Mercedes 200 series diesel from about 1980, Renault 5 and 19, and the old Rover 218D and a Golf. maybe ebay calls you.......

tomsheppard
Posts: 1801
Joined: 19 Dec 2002, 15:46

Post by tomsheppard » 11 Oct 2004, 13:41

BX. Little goes wrong that needs doing NOW.Good resources, (This forum amongst others)
Economy and comfort. Cheap and plentiful.
Spend the £500 you have and spend the same over the next year. If you DIY then you'll have a car that can be expected to last for five years or more.

bxbodger
Posts: 1455
Joined: 23 May 2003, 03:34
x 1

Post by bxbodger » 11 Oct 2004, 16:36

For that sort of money you can't be choosy!!!!
Just get the best you can find for the budget, irrespective of make/model.

oilyspanner
Posts: 1246
Joined: 26 Oct 2003, 17:08

Post by oilyspanner » 11 Oct 2004, 23:18

I can supply a drivable non rotten taxed and tested BX for peanuts, see my posting in for sale!
Stewart

Dave Bamber
Posts: 627
Joined: 25 Feb 2001, 03:17

Post by Dave Bamber » 12 Oct 2004, 00:17

Another 205 might be your best bet. A few decent looking examples have gone on Ebay recently, an M reg 5 door went for about £350. I've just bought a K reg 3 door for £70, but it needs an engine. With a 205 you have the advantage of keeping your old one as a source of spares.

bxbodger
Posts: 1455
Joined: 23 May 2003, 03:34
x 1

Post by bxbodger » 12 Oct 2004, 15:52

Ebay is probably best avoided unless the car is very local- my experience of buying and selling at this end of the market is that the motors in question are seldom as described, and you don't want to spend a lot of time and money travelling to look at junk- the best place is your local paper, or auction if you know what you're doing.As I said above, don't be too choosy over badge or spec and you will be able to find a good one!!

User avatar
TomH
Posts: 267
Joined: 23 Nov 2003, 04:59

Post by TomH » 12 Oct 2004, 16:09

At that budget it is all about the condition of the car really, as bxbodger said you can't be that picky! Just look for cars that have been looked after and in good nick!

Dave Bamber
Posts: 627
Joined: 25 Feb 2001, 03:17

Post by Dave Bamber » 13 Oct 2004, 03:45

Agree with bxbodger. My Ebay purchase was only 25 miles from home, so worth the fiver in fuel for the trip. No point if you have to travel further.

tomsheppard
Posts: 1801
Joined: 19 Dec 2002, 15:46

Post by tomsheppard » 14 Oct 2004, 18:15

Stewart (Oilyspanner) has a very cheap BX in the for sale area of the forum.

User avatar
davek-uk
Posts: 447
Joined: 29 Sep 2003, 21:01

Post by davek-uk » 19 Oct 2004, 15:42

If you are running a car on a tight budget I'd seriously consider getting a small diesel so that you are in the low car tax bracket - £60-odd is easier to find that £90-odd and you'll benefit from lower insurance too. Go for a 1.5 diesel AX, 106 or other manufacturer (Corsa, Rover). Little diesels are long-life engines too; you'll get good mpg and have a simple and cheap car to maintain.

User avatar
davek-uk
Posts: 447
Joined: 29 Sep 2003, 21:01

Post by davek-uk » 19 Oct 2004, 16:40

If you are running a car on a tight budget I'd seriously consider getting a small diesel so that you are in the low car tax bracket - £60-odd is easier to find that £90-odd and you'll benefit from lower insurance too. Go for a 1.5 diesel AX, 106 or other manufacturer (Corsa, Rover). Little diesels are long-life engines too; you'll get good mpg and have a simple and cheap car to maintain.

User avatar
davek-uk
Posts: 447
Joined: 29 Sep 2003, 21:01

Post by davek-uk » 19 Oct 2004, 17:42

If you are running a car on a tight budget I'd seriously consider getting a small diesel so that you are in the low car tax bracket - £60-odd is easier to find that £90-odd and you'll benefit from lower insurance too. Go for a 1.5 diesel AX, 106 or other manufacturer (Corsa, Rover). Little diesels are long-life engines too; you'll get good mpg and have a simple and cheap car to maintain.

User avatar
uhn113x
Posts: 1161
Joined: 06 Jan 2004, 23:06
x 1

Post by uhn113x » 20 Oct 2004, 12:32

Er er, Dave Dave
You are repeating yourself
You are repeating yourself
You are repeating yourself
[:D][:D][:D]