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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:43 pm 
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I had to find a small and economical car after my last car, a Citroen Berlingo, ended up in a ditch. The insurance was going to take an age to pay out and I couldn't justify the cost of another.
So I picked up a mk 4 version of the Fiesta in its most basic "endura" format, very little to go wrong, no PAS, ABS, aircon, e-windows, or any of the so called necessities.
Since then I have covered 40,000 miles in it and covered a lot of terrain, including winter driving in the Cairngorms, Pyrenees and French/Swiss Alpes. On a run I get around 45 mpg, slightly less if I force it above 70mph, it is a manual.
I think it cost me £850, I have done almost all of my own servicing and replaced consumable items such as, brake discs, drums and wheel bearings, plus odd things like a mirror and part of the front grill after I ingested a rabbit! Replacement parts cost RetroBike prices (Kona not Klein) and can be picked up off eBay or at the local factors.
It is basic and totally without any class whatsoever, but I can't fault the running costs.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:52 pm 
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Thanks for the replies, especially regarding the DSG gearbox - there are some horror stories out there! A manual 'box may be a better bet on a little car do stop-star motoring as you say. I'll keep looking.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:26 pm 
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I love autos, so I can appreciate the desire for one. I hate small engines though, unless they are attached to bikes.

The whole fun of an auto for me is relaxed driving with no drama. My driving style changes when I am in an auto, I reckon the fuel use is not so different as a result.

Driving a wee car on the moronways is scary as heck too. LGF's Doblo sounds like a great compromise.


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 Post subject: Did anyone mention?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:48 pm 
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Did anyone mention the Smart Car diesel, now they have auto gearboxes, don't they?.... I'll get my coat.


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 Post subject: Re: Did anyone mention?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:09 pm 
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PurleySquire wrote:
Did anyone mention the Smart Car diesel, now they have auto gearboxes, don't they?.... I'll get my coat.
no. They don't.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:59 pm 
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They have what most laypeople would call an automatic gearbox available with the diesel engine.


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