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After 2 and half years driving with my 1.4 Zetec Focus, I'm looking to get a different car. The Focus is getting on a bit now with over 100,000 miles on it and it's pretty sluggish. I want something that pulls away really well, doesn't cost a fortune, reliable and looks smart.

I've been looking around at these

Honda Civic Sport
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Yaris T Sport
Volkswagen Polo GTI (high insurance group putting me off and stories of VW gear box failures)
Vauxhall Corsa SRI 1.4 or 1.8

Now really the SRI 1.8 is really getting my attention. Insurance group 9, 0 - 60 in 8 secs, roughly 37mpg and I'm familiar with Corsas and know that they're decent cars and don't give too much trouble.

Have any of you come across one and what did you think?
 

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Would you be going brand new, or second hand?
Also, how old would you be willing to go if so?
 

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Can't comment on the SRI, but the SXI that I had was nippy as fuck and loads of fun to drive. Poor little car.
 

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It'll be used. My budget is £3000 but preferably lower. Around 7 years old with about a maximum of 70,000 miles on the clock.
 

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As for the SXI, they're quite nippy little things. I was surprised by them really, no wonder you see alot of them.
 

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0-60 in 8 seconds isnt fast at all.

get a big fat lardy van/estate and then spend 6-700 quid on a polo g40 mk3..... thats a 1.3 g-lada s/c'd beast.

I would go for the polo in my eyes or another ford....
 

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0-60 in 8 seconds isnt fast at all.
In a car that weighs not much more than a tonne if you're lucky, and is N/A, that nippy as fuck. The Lexus I'm looking at is 2L and 0-60 in 9.2 secs IIRC. There's alot of tuning potential in Corsa's too. A decent induction kit, straight through exhaust, remap and a service would probably get that in the mid 7's.
 

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dude a car that weighs less than a tonne is going to be nippy? lol ok 8s not that bad but its by no means 'nippy as fuck'. Its tough to get a car that balances performance and practicality for band stuff... which is why i got myself a lovely s4 estate :) (1993 bit tatty, im not minted - just know my motors and got a bargain).

I reckon dude your better off looking at a slightly older car with a bigger capacity if your gonna be jamming cabs and guitars into it all the time. The inside of my corrado got battered and ripped up coz i was always playing 'gear jenga' with its boot.

i'll get my thinking cap on and think of some random alternatives for you to mull over.

Dont bother with the straight through exhaust .... its a pain in the arse by passing a cat and most mot places will kick off (trust me, i have to take mine a 'specialist' garages)
 

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I know all too well about fussy garages with exhausts :lol: However, I never had any problems with my 98 Corsa with a large 2x12, head, guitar, and drumkit. It was tight since it was a 3 door and had a drumkit, but with just my own gear, I'd easily have gotten a 4x12 in with the rest of the gear. Thought of the 5-door Astra Mk4 SRI?
 

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Bare in mind I'm not in a band any more. Add to that, I have a 1 x 12 combo and a few guitars so I don't need a big car, just something that I can sit in without having to duck (like I have to in my future father in laws 207 GTi), have a decent amount of space for most things while still be able to pull away at a decent pace.

On top of that I'm only 24 (25 in july) and have only had my licence since November 2008. So insurance still kicks me squarely in the nuts, £580 for 3rd Party F+T for the year.
 

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Bare in mind I'm not in a band any more. Add to that, I have a 1 x 12 combo and a few guitars so I don't need a big car, just something that I can sit in without having to duck (like I have to in my future father in laws 207 GTi), have a decent amount of space for most things while still be able to pull away at a decent pace.

On top of that I'm only 24 (25 in july) and have only had my licence since November 2008. So insurance still kicks me squarely in the nuts, £580 for 3rd Party F+T for the year.
I think the Corsa's are perfectly acceptable cars then, however, I'd maybe still go for the Astra if you can find one. Even just the 1.6 or 1.8 SXI. The older shaped ones. I was paying £900 a year fully comp on my Corsa SXI, first car. Always put a woman on as a named drive is what I've learnt ;) Shit, with my missus on, once my 2 years no claims rolls around in October, I can insure a 3.2 XJ8 for £1200 a year. Bearing in mind I'm only 20, and my missus is 20 in June.
 

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I know all too well about fussy garages with exhausts :lol: However, I never had any problems with my 98 Corsa with a large 2x12, head, guitar, and drumkit. It was tight since it was a 3 door and had a drumkit, but with just my own gear, I'd easily have gotten a 4x12 in with the rest of the gear. Thought of the 5-door Astra Mk4 SRI?
I hadn't considered that. Little big slower than the Corsa, but I'm not that fussed. The Astra has plenty of room too. 1.8 SRi seems to be the one to go for.
 

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have you thought about a mid nineties audi a4 tdi? low insurance, great engine and they go forever.... (people are always biased to what they know eh?)

just read your not in a band anymore ignore me hahaha.

go for the corsa! sounds like it suits! focus' are good cars though, maybe kill yours first as no offence your gonna get diddly squit for it as there is so many on the road.
 

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(people are always biased to what they know eh?)
I suppose they are :lol: I've owned Corsa, currently own an Astra, and had the SRI for a few weeks on loan. Also had a Civic Sport for a week or so too, and my grandma drives the Type R. The Civics are awesome cars, and I'd have the Sport, but I'd recommend the Astra to someone else :lol: Golf GTTDi? They're really nice cars too.
 

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remember the insurance thing tho.... golfs are desireable so have higher premiums.... so stick to vauxhalls hahah no desire there :taunt:

im kidding the newer shapes are pretty cool. just so many dick heads drive them like they are driving a supercar, so i enjoy slaying these people with the whoooooooooop tish of the audi.

again im going all pro germany but the like 90's passats are good cars. especially if economy is a large factor.

blankplank you at work too? and as bored as me :pissed::rofl:
 

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Since it's Friday, I'm on my training day :( I completely see where you're coming from with a large majority of Corsa drivers being dick heads, same with Saxo and 106/206/306 drivers.

Actually, IIRC, the standard Golf TDI, was pretty cheap to insure when I got a quote, either that, or the SDI. Try them out. Honda Accord or Integra?
 

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Ok since this thread I decided that a Corsa is just too small for me. The smallest I'd go is similar size to my Focus.

Now I've got my eyes on a couple of others.

Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 petrol
Toyota Avensis 1.8 petrol

Leaning more toward the Avensis because of a nicer interior, but they're a bit more pricey. I'd be happy with the Vectra though.

But if those 2 don't feel good to drive I'm just going to go for a 1.6 Zetec Focus.
 

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Which model Vectra and Avensis?
I know the 1.6 Focus Zetec's are nippy and good on juice too!

I can sell you a 1.6 Astra ;)
 

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Looking for a Design model preferably. The Elegance has the horrible wood veneer on the dash which cheapens it for me. For the Avensis I'm open to anything made from 03 to 09 as long as it's a 1.8.
 
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