Cheap fun car recommendation

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  1. 10 Oct 2018 at 5:54 PM #1
    7DT

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    Looking for a daily so I don't have to drive the M everywhere, and also so I have something to drive when it invariable ends up being serviced, modified or fixed up or the like. Mainly as everything always ends up taking longer, and I've been using it as my only car, and whilst it is dead fun, it also means that when something does go wrong, I've no wheels.

    Also because my neighbour is being a total ************ and constantly parking where I normally do, so I kind of want to stick it to him by always having something parked outside my house so he gets the message.

    So, I'm looking for suggestions!

    Kind of want:
    - able to fit larger things in it, like large guitar cabs etc, so decent boot loading space
    - fairly reliable
    - fun to have a blast in
    - something that looks nice, mainly to piss said neighbour off more
    - not a fiat 500
    - chuckable
    - cheap to mod, as I know I won't be able not to.
    - less than 2k, but 3-4k might be on the cards if something good

    I've also got an eye on something the missus will be able to drive if she ever gets her driving license, so it can't be anything too overpowered or large.
     
  2. 10 Oct 2018 at 6:15 PM #2
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    R53 Cooper S? Tiny boot but rear seats fold, cheap & easy to tune but very chuckable & fairly quick standard.
     
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    Ep3 Type R.... done.

    Reliable, spacious, really good through the twistys. Cheap to buy
     
  4. 10 Oct 2018 at 6:44 PM #4
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    Mk5 Gti?
     
  5. 10 Oct 2018 at 7:24 PM #5
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    This, cracking, fun car, best gearchange I’ve ever used too :thumbsup:
     
  6. 10 Oct 2018 at 7:26 PM #6
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    My daily is a MK5 Golf 170 DSG TDI (GTD of the MK5) got it when it was 2 months old now has 178k on the clock, and still puts a smile on my face, does everything I want and still has the speed when needed.
     
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    A RenaultSport Clio of some sort (depends on budget)
    Tidy 182’s ar steadily apreciating in value.
     
  8. 10 Oct 2018 at 7:30 PM #8
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    You could get two Jimny’s for that and really annoy him :thumbsup:
     
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    EP3 Type R fits the bill exactly I’d say.

    Although I’ve just bought a 1997 Volvo 940 Turbo to use over winter and with a manual boost controller fitted it is such a funny old thing to drive. And it drifts haha
     
  10. 10 Oct 2018 at 8:38 PM #10
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    This.

    I have had my FN2 for nearly 8 years now, used to be my pride and joy when i bought it. Now just a run about and used mainly for work and going to the tip.

    Moved house twice with it now. boot size is massive and with the seats down its like a van.

    Still love blasting round the back roads in it though. Gearbox is just sublime.

    Either EP3 or FN2 is great choice, can't go wrong Japanese.
     
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  12. 10 Oct 2018 at 8:52 PM #12
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  13. 10 Oct 2018 at 9:40 PM #13
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    Ep3 type r are really fun and roomy in the back, mine had done 130k and never skipped a beat, also golf gti m5 is the same but easier to squeeze more power out of it. If it was me I would get a e92 325i m sport coupe in manual, simple tune and 275bhp is achievable. It was a detuned 330i and had the same 3.0 stright six, you can pick one up for under £4k
     
  14. 10 Oct 2018 at 9:50 PM #14
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    i haven't driven an EP3 but i've heard so much about how good the gear change is i really wanted one as a cheap daily a while back, but all i could find was proper sheds and stuff with crap like this on:


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    If you find a clean one I have a BMC Carbon CDA airbox in the garage for one to set you on the path :muttley:
     
  16. 11 Oct 2018 at 7:31 AM #16
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    EP3 or 182.

    Both fantastic.
     
  17. 11 Oct 2018 at 10:40 AM #17
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    EP3, 182 are the obvious choices. Clio is better looking and more fun, EP3 bigger and better quality interior. Good Clio's are becoming sought after and there are still good deals out there.

    What about something like a Focus ST170? They are cheap as chips, really good to drive and really practical? Bit of an overlooked car, they don't have the performance of the aforementioned but still a decent steer. Still look good after all these years.
     
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    I don't think i've ever mentioned it before but, the Panda 100hp

    When the seats fold down you can gets loads in there and its quite tall loading. Comes with bluetooth, MP3 CD, electric windows and mirrors, climate control, a sport button! 6 speed gearbox and premium tyres are 65 pound a corner brand new.

    Only issue your M3 handling is going to feel inferior once you start cocking rear wheels at roundabouts...

    And it does 42 mpg on my commute


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    Very fun to drive and extremely chuckable but fails the first two criteria. Boot is very small and they have many engine related issues. They are all well known and easily enough fixable though.
     

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