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Originally Posted by Truckbusuk View Post
Hello otto ... I rekon you've got it nailed there the Focus ST is a stonker of a car plus it uses the Volvo T5 powerplant .... serious fun in something that is half the weight of an V70 Estate, also FORD salesmen will have your babies if you wish, just to shift tin at a discount ... the orange one though ... not my taste, buy what the .. if you like it the orange it is ...

The only other contender in my book is the Alfa Brera ... again Alfa dealers will discount their granny, but the car is drop dead gorgeous (oooer, I feel all sort of moist ... ) ... down sides ... 1/ its a Fiat, 2/ its a Fiat and 3/ its a Fiat .... but they are susposed to be sooooo much better than of old.

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Yep the Focus is very very good to drive and engine is a gem, Handling is superb and you do feel your driving the car not a point and fire kind of car.

I have had quite a few drives in them over the last few weeks ( alone ), It keeps dragging me back very tempting, I had the choice of a red one also but I'm not keen on red cars unless they are Italian.

The Alfa is a stunner no doubt about it Truckbusuk, but ...Fiat fiat fiat How many times have we heard of " Improved build " the nearest Alfa dealer/service dept to me is 60 miles to far if you have a bad un eh.

The 2 STs are new and in stock so the dealing should be sharp , Also I have a link to the local Ford Garage and I haggle hard if not i walk away.

The Megane looks nice but just not sure about it really.

Clio's good if rather dull looking, tho that can have advantages

Any car I buy will be a 10K a year car max so fuel etc is not a concern, more the fun factor

Thanks for your input Truck much appreciated
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If you dont just need a car, go for some passion, it has to be the Alfa.

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If you decide to go with the Megane why not buy a Renault To Go car, these are Renault owned cars so are fully serviced low milage and looked after, can start at 6 months old and you save thousands. I bought my Scenic via Renault To Go, it was 12 months old and I saved about 7,000 on buying new. If you are not picky about colour you can find one pretty quick, I wanted a red 1.9 Diesel and they turned out to be popular. You have to check the website everyday for what is available, I missed a couple because I didn't, you can also get them to phone you if you let them know what you are looking out for (I ended up doing this after I missed some and I got first pick when one became available). Once you have recorded an interest in a car on the website you contact your dealer who arranges for it to be delivered to them, then you can inspect the car. All cars are delivered checked and serviced. I've been really pleased with mine and would recommend this method of buying if you can't stretch to a new buy car.
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Buy the Laguna III (wait for the coupe if you insist on 3 doors.) It doesn't look like a bad car, and right now it looks like it's going to have more long-term novelty and rarity value than the Aventime

I wouldn't touch anything Italian with a 10 foot pole after a colleague's (Fiat engined) Alfa 166 threw a con rod straight through the sump and caught fire with only 20-ish K on the clock. Still, you pays your money and you takes your chance. He loved the car (both before and after) in spite of the reliability issues.
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Just my two-peneth worth,but I wouldn't bother with an Alfa Brera....

If I had 20k to spend on a three door car,it would have to be a nearly new one of these......

I am now nursing a semi......

You will find two kinds of Italian car.....

1.A car that is fun to drive,nice to look at and is reliable which the owner loves.

2.A car that is fun to drive,nice to look at and completely unreliable which the owner loves.

Even if you buy a bad one,you'll still have something nice to look at when your sat waiting for the AA.

The Focus doesn't interest me one little bit I'm afraid.......the Megane 230 sounds like excellent fun and looks like nothing else.Anything with a Honda VTEC engine will be fun,or you could go the whole hog and buy an Astra VXR,a hell of a lot of fun.....until you come to a corner!.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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