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Laguna Vs Mondeo vs Saab

Replying to your observation there are loads of used Lags on the market - well yes, but they are mostly petrol. I live down in Fareham and mostly the vehicles offered in diesel are upwards of 90 miles away. The ones I tend to ignore are those with high miles eg over 140k. I hauled out all my receipts this morning and saw that the $800 quid car I bought that I thought had only had 65k on the clock had in fact 96k when I bought it and has cost about 2800 , to run excluding fuel, so I havent been doing the high miles I thought - shows you how lacking my logic/sums had been. About the Phase type - I have wanted to get a newer car mainly cos of lower miles. I have realised if the cambelt has been replaced this isnt quite so much of a worry - what does make me anxious is the increase of electronic components on the newer ones - and how frustrating it is when those go wrong and the cost of fixing them. So maybe I'd be better to stick to the pre 2001 models???
In the meantime, the only vehicle Im considering is on a yard up in Lincoln, on the Parkers website. Auto trader has been trawled through, as well as Freeads, Gumtree and Ebay .
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Hi again,

Regarding your comment of staying away from high mile cars. My advice would be to still look at high milers as long as they have a comprehensive history and the less previous owners the better. Think of it this way, if it's only had one owner and he/she travels long distances for work every day then the engine is gonna be in better shape than a lower mileage that's been cold started every five minutes Also, alot of things that can go wrong probably have gone wrong and been sorted already in high milers

Golden rule for high milers........vast service history

The bit about less previous owners is basically this, the more owners the cars had the chances are there are on going problems and people get shot every time

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Our 54 plate Mondeo 115bhp TDCi has done close to 120k and returns an average of 51mpg with mixed driving(mainly on country B-roads,motorway driving is more 60mpg territory but we very rarely do it).I don't want to tempt fate,but it has been pretty reliable bar a failed water pump/power steering pump assembly (a common fault on these) and a split turbo hose.It's a well built,solid car,but no matter what I do I can never be 100% comfortable in it,and it does have a few strange foibles like the fact that it is very easy to stall when pulling away and the steering tramlines over certain types of roads.

The Saab diesel is basically a Vectra in disguise,and is probably not made as well as a comparative Vauxhall.Saab have been through a fairly rough patch build quality wise,and the early 2 litre and 2.2 diesels are painfully slow.

The Renault Laguna 2 dCi is.....erm.....well,just have a search around the forum.

This is my own opinion,but I would think that the Mondeo would be the one to have,but I'd have a look at a Honda Accord and a Mazda 6 before going too far.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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If you go the Saab route look at a facelift post 02 model 9-5 with the 2.2Tid engine. The engine is an Isuzu unit and bulletproof and will easily return over 50mpg, DO NOT even consider the 3.0Tid, they are a timebomb waiting to go off. True the 9-5 is based on the Vectra B chassis but it is vastly reworked and a very nice compromise especially if you can get a Tid with sport package. If you are going for a later model with the Fiat 1.9Tdi engine, both the 9-3ss and the 9-5 share the same engine. The difference is in the build quality and rear leg room which the 9-5 wins out on on both counts.
The second hand value of Saabs is a good reason to buy them though, find yourself a decent indy for servicing and you won't regret it.
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