Grand machines for a grand

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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3 June 2017
we always have 1 banger, useful for the station, muddy rugby games, dog walks, parking in the crappy small parking bays in town etc. Generally get a year out of them before they need money spending for an mot, when we get rid of them. I bought a V70 estate 16 months ago for £1000.. Flew through its second MOT and we have done over 12000 miles in it. Fab thing. It get used more than our two new cars!

Pick the right one and they are a god send.


4 June 2017
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)

4 June 2017
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.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left


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...

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