Well i can imagine an Avantime being expensive for anyone to insure, though you seem to manage with the cars you do have. I bet your the envy of your mates, having such nice cars! Having said that they might just think your a bit odd liking such huge and luxury cars at the age of 19!
Don't worry, i was and am the same, my mates have tiny little shoe boxes, some with no suspension, some with loud exhausts. They are ok for a few minutes blast, but then id rather be driving my C5! Im 23, people think my C5 is too grown up for me, but i can think of few cars id rather have, but all would be big, comfort orientated, spec brimming, cruising cars
Ive always wanted a saloon car, as i like the shape of a saloon, but having looked at a few, ive decided that even without the dogs id struggle with the size of the boot opening next to useless. Ah, my car has to be spotless (maybe not on the outside in this weather, but on the inside it does) so you'd never tell that a dog ever goes in my car, so i dont find that a problem.
We have a couple of estates, but they too are spotless, even if i had a £200 Volvo estate to run the dogs around in (literally!) it would have to be immaculate inside!
A neighbour bought a new Laguna II Tourer, just as the Tourer came out, that told you the pressure of every tyre, so i guess it was range topping. The Lag replaced his Xantia estate, and he replaced the Renault with a C5 estate.
Ive not driven a V6 family sized auto car. Ive driven larger cars with larger engines but they are a different thing. One was a Rolls Royce Shadow, which was a very ungainly thing, reminded me of driving a 63ft narrow boat actually! A normal car with a V6 and auto box, i can see the appeal and id like to drive one, that might make up my mind. Though, im not sure if i dare let myself try one, i might end up needing one!
Well £100 isnt much to get your Megane back to full health again, at least its a fairly simple, cheap and straightforward job to fix too. Though parking it up and using the Vel does sound like a plan to me! However, with your insurance you need to be careful, as your main car should be road going, MOT etc. Im not sure if the engine management light would be a fail, possibly, however if its kicking out more emissions then it will be.
The C5 is a great car, it does everything i need and its a Citroen! I do find it hard to fault, it has niggly things occasionally but on the whole its reliable and its excellent at most things, especially long motorway drives which i frequently do and it makes them a pleasure. Though a 2.2 Vel would be ideal also.
A 2.2DCI manual VEL would be my chosen engine and box, im not a huge fan of autos and the 2.2 appeals more than the 3.0DCi. If I was on the look out for a new car id buy that off you.
I dont know how you get through your second cars so quickly
If we get another car, a spare like the 1007, Xm etc. I spend for ever getting them as close to perfect as i can, spending loads of money on getting them that way and then sell them, having had practically no use from them. Thats not exactly the right way to do it, im sure! Though the current Xm is a keeper, its quite a gem.
As for favourite cars, I dont think I dare own up to some of my earlier favourite cars. Though I will say the S1 C5 was definitely among them when i was 14! As for the early Mondeos .... I used to love Fords, most Fords but in particular the Mondeo. Ive wanted to buy a Mondeo a few times, but since looking at the more recent ones as a daily driver and finding their engines are pretty awful and they rust like old Metros, ive gone off all Fords now. I wont say what else, gets a bit embarrassing now i know a bit more about cars.