I'm looking to replace my Corsa (my car) with something better suited to motorway driving. I do 90 miles a day on the A1 and sometimes A19 (Doncaster to York round trip) each day. It's getting jarring in the corsa!! I got a corsa 18 months ago because:
a) It was cheap with no miles ('52 plate, 14k on the clock!)
b) It's cheap to run and insurance (had no policy before buying it)
c) Does mid 40's mpg
Now I'm turning 30 () and will be nearing 2 years no claims (fingers crossed) I'm thinking about upgrading. So I need a car that:
a) costs about £6-7k
b) isn't a vectra (before you all start!! We don't need 2 big cars, orders from SWMBO!)
c) is "funky"
e) is economical & cheap to run
f) doesn't have stupid 9k service intervals (I do 18k a year)
So far I've looked at:
a) C2 VTS '04. 1.6 engine and goes like a pocket rocket. 20k service intervals, only group 8 and 40+mpg on the motorway, but tiny fuel tank means refills every 3 days and a bit too much boy-racer perhaps!!
b) C4 VTR plus 1.6. Again 1.6 engine, but this would have comfort over performance and be a usable second car with our 5 month old. 20k service intervals, 40+ mpg and group 6, so cheap to run
c) Toyota MR2 1.8 engine, 7.7s 0-60 but still 38+mpg on a run. 20k service interval with 10k minor (e.g. £70) services. No space, but hey - it's a convertible!!
I KNOW you guys have driven just about every car on the road these days, so come on guys - any suggestions?