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Question Advice for replacing family car

hi all, had to take my 02 Scenic into local dealer today as the mirror switch started melting the drivers door.

Took an hour or so to get it looked at so I had a wander and started wondering if I should replace it sooner than later.

My 02 has 115k on the clock, 1.9 dci, timing belt replaced at 50k, regular oil changes, at least once a year and for a while every 6 months as I was commuting Glasgow-Perth. Now just tootling 20 miles a day. Replaced back bearings and brakes as well as front breaks last year.

Saw a couple of Scenic 2007 models with 20k on the clock for around 6k but that was a just a quick scan this morning.

So, with a family and their growing friends to taxi about what do you think?
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Re: Advice for replacing family car

One of these...

Plus you get an extra seat.



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I feel your current car is certainly due for changing but what are you looking at replacing the car with, whats your budget, how many miles do you do a year, do you want auto or manual, what do you use your car for. More info would be good.

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Cheers Vel, like the 6 seats. I have a teenager and a 3 year old to consider and probably another one in the future if Mrs Pyro gets her way ;-)

Teenager already likes to bring friends along so the extra room would be welcome.

I am living 10m out of town hence the 20 mile commute and bus service isn't up it with kids doing so much after school so car is essential. That would make annual mileage about 10k adding on holiday excursions and family visiting. So diesel might not be essential anymore. Manual drive fine too.

I like the MPV style, sitting higher up and so do the kids. I also would consider myself a boring driver, will cruise at 60mph in the left hand lane saving fuel while letting others whizz by so comfort and quietness high priority over speed and handling. Hey I already drive a Scenic :-) (get me on a go kart or track and things are different though)

Also low cost of servicing etc. Not much spare cash for anything right now which is why Scenics seem to still tick the boxes, would like to try Japanese but expensive initially. Are the new Scenics up it reliability wise?

Would I get 2k for mine at the moment? I think that might be pushing it so with a 6000 budget including what I would get off selling the Scenic might leave me to find about 4.5k.

I don't even mind about the spec, haven't had air-con in a car for a while and it just can add to the expense of servicing etc.

Don't care about the colour, mine is basic white at the moment. (or off white as it needs a clean)

I have always liked the Scenics ability to take out the seats really quickly and I've had all sorts of things in the back so I would miss that.

Anything else? I'm 183cm, size 9, 32" inside leg. :-)
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Re: Advice for replacing family car

What about the Citroen Xsara Picasso?
Not everyones cup of tea looks wise but have been around a few years and are pretty reliable. Citroen diesels are pretty much bullet proof.
With Citroens discount deals when new, you should be able to get a decent relatively new one for 6K. They were selling off brand new unregistered 10 plate models for 10k a few months ago!

2.0hdi is a good cruiser, quite refined & quiet and will easily do 50mpg - more on a run.
1.6hdi quicker but noisier and not really any more economical.
Petrol are ok but not that cheap to run.
Buying secondhand the extra cost of buying a diesel is less and also sounds like your driving style is well suited to the 2.0hdi.

The "Desire" - model is probably best all round for value - nicely specced with air con,cd, electric windows,etc.
For more comfort & toys the exclusive is the one to have.

Avoid base LX models - seat material is hideous & no air con and tape deck not cd player. I know you say you are not bothered about air con but in a car that size with all that glass it is ESSENTIAL, not only to keep cool in summer but to keep them from misting up in winter.

Also seats just as easy to remove and ALL 3 rear seats are full size, unlike scenics where the middle one is narrower. Seats stay in place when folded as well and dont need the elastic bungee cord like the Scenic. Still get the high up mpv style view out as well.

Don't get me wrong - the Xsara Picasso is built to a price, with a few cost cutting measures ( bits of painted metal on show inside, cheap carpet) - but for overall value for money, there are few mini mpvs to rival it.

At the time we chose the Picasso over a Scenic, mostly as the Picasso was several K cheaper for similar spec.
The C4 Picasso is light years better than the Xsara Picasso but still too new for your budget of 6k.

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