Currently reading: 20 great used cars for £1000
Grand machines for a grand
1 min read
2 June 2017

Don’t laugh, you really can buy a brilliant used car which is tough, reliable, practical and sometimes stylish, for less than a grand. And many are even a hoot to drive into the bargain: here’s the proof.

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pauld101 5 June 2017


Clearly, the person who wrote this has never owned one of these dreadful Dutch Volvo contraptions. A combination of the worst of Japanese with the worst of Swedish with the worst of the Netherlands...
Mine produces a random and unrepeatable set of faults that defy diagnosis. The seats are cramped, the ride manages to be both harsh and squiggy, and it's lacks of equipment would shame a mid-market Fiesta. I'd get shot of mine sooner than you could say 'now', except that the dreadful misfire at around 2,000rpm and the revving to 2,500rpm when the aircon is switch on make it unsaleable. Volvo parts are either not available or stupid prices. I was overjoyed when in the latest period of hot weather, it started producing clouds of smoke and I removed my seatbelt, ready to eject from the flaming vehicle at the next layby. Unfortunately, my euphoria was shortlived when I discovered that it was just a melted piece of the gear lever bottom boot hanging down onto the catalyst heat shield, causing clouds of smoke to come in via the centre console. Opening the windows then makes it worse by creating a chimney. Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis is clearly an unopened book within Volvo's design organisation...
bowsersheepdog 4 June 2017

The way to go

Keeping old cars running is the only truly environmentally friendly policy for personal transport. No car has ever been made, and none ever will be, which merits scrapping an old car with useful life remaining.
HoChi 4 June 2017

Irish Bangernomics

Most of these cars can be bought even cheaper in Ireland because the road tax here (cc based) can be up to E2000 on cars over 2000cc, and insurance companies here are refusing to quote for cars over 15 years old so look at Irish car dealing websites for even cheaper cars, most of them with an NCT (MOT)