Archive for The Motor Forum "We are mature men in the highest cadres of our careers"
 


       The Motor Forum Forum Index -> Your Motor
Roadrunner

Bangernomics Load Lugger

A friend of mine, who is an actor and musician, is looking for a cheap load lugger. He needs something which can carry people, or lots of stuff, or a combination of the two, but it needs to be reasonably cheap to run and within a budget of around 1,000.

His first suggestion was a Peugeot 806, becuase they are big and the seats are removable; but what other suggestions could we put forward? He is not mechanically minded and would not be doing much of his own maintenenace, if any. He has green and eco-freindly leanings, but realises that he will be limited by budget.

Although not quite as big as the Pug, a Zafira could fit the bill, with its disappearing seats. Any other suggestions? What should he look for and what should he avoid?
Andy C

SEAT Alhambra?
Frank Bullitt

Obviously along with the Pug there is the Citroen Synergy and Fiat Ulysses, all the same car underneath. Mechanically they seem to be robust and easy to spanner on, be it DIY or the garage around the corner - both the 2.0 petrol and 1.9TD are capable of mega miles.  I guess for a grand it's all about condition but the Ulysses EL, 806 SV and Synergy VSX are the highest spec models in the ranges.

The first Zafira lacks flexibility to be honest - the middle bench slides forward as one so as a boxy 5-seater or compact 7-seater it works but as a van it is limited, much smaller than the 806, Ulysses and Synergy.

Original Previa? Older obviously but they are very clever and reliable, plus mid-engined!
gooner

A big old Jap import might do the trick, they're not all that cheap though. There's a few of the original Kia Sedona's about at that price which were well rated at the time and look pretty massive.
Bryan M

One of the van based people carriers Kangoo or Berlingo could do the job?
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I guess for a grand it's all about condition


This! x10

Big list and best condition one you can find if the budget is only 1K.

I'd steer clear of dealers as a 1K car at a dealer is probably a 500 car at best.

Zafira, Galaxy spring to mind. At the price range I'd be aiming towards Japanese for reliability if you can find something.

The van type options are probably his best option for value?

I'd be looking for a one elderly owner car if possible.

So...

950 Berlingo - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607185968015

Left field, but great if he can live with the slightly smaller size - Toyota Verso - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607095684737

Again, left field - Mazda Premacy - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607165905899

Not green, but massive, and old schoolish tech - Voyager - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607195991346

Kia Sedona - jap reliability but lower price? - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607155865707

And finally, probably what I would buy, Ford Galaxy with nice spec but unfashionable 2.3 engine - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607135824723

It's worth pointing out that from friends experiences, you really need a big (more than 2.0) petrol engine or a 2.0 turbo diesel in a people carrier to maintain good progress fully loaded.

On that basis I would think they would have lead less stressful lives too. Friend replaced a 2.3 Galaxy with a 2.0 Alhambra and really regretted it.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Does he need 7 seats or would a van-based "thing" suffice ?
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Obviously along with the Pug there is the Citroen Synergy and Fiat Ulysses,!


We used to borrow a FIAT Ulysses to go to Centerparcs and it was great, especially the captain's chairs that swiveled in the front. Nice to drive too and the diesels should be reliable.

But lets face it, for a musician with kit it just has to be a transit van with removable bean bags for when carrying stoned passengers.
gonnabuildabuggy

Bob Sacamano wrote:
But lets face it, for a musician with kit it just has to be a transit van with removable bean bags for when carrying stoned passengers.


In my teen's my mates and I briefly had a band. The bass player found a large bass amp fitted perfectly into the "boot" (at the front) of his dad's skoda estelle coupe.

Very rock and roll.

Said Dad, used to disconnect the speedo to keep the mileage down on the car. A little bit cheapskate perhaps, but certainly not what you'd expect from the Assistant County Police Commissioner.
Bob Sacamano

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:


Said Dad, used to disconnect the speedo to keep the mileage down on the car. A little bit cheapskate perhaps, but certainly what you'd expect from the Assistant County Police Commissioner.


FYP  
Tim

If he can get by with an estate then a Fiat Stilo Multiwagon would do.

My old one is apparently still going strong in the hands of the guitarist my brother in law passed it on to and he knows it has had minimal maintenance.

Roadrunners mate would have 750 spare to spend on other stuff as well.
Roadsterstu

Andy C wrote:
SEAT Alhambra?


This/Galaxy/Sharan.

Toyota Previa?
Blarno

How many people does he need to carry when not carrying gear? Because, short of a Transit, I'd be looking at an estate of some kind: Mondeo/Passat/V70.
PhilD

Re: Bangernomics Load Lugger

Roadrunner wrote:
A friend of mine, who is an actor and musician,


Two jobs and he still can't afford a decent car?  
Tim

Re: Bangernomics Load Lugger

PhilD wrote:
Roadrunner wrote:
A friend of mine, who is an actor and musician,


Two jobs and he still can't afford a decent car?


Two jobs, neither noted for being very lucrative.
He's lucky to have money for clothes, let alone a car.
Roadsterstu

Blarno wrote:
How many people does he need to carry when not carrying gear? Because, short of a Transit, I'd be looking at an estate of some kind: Mondeo/Passat/V70.


Indeed. Or a cheap 850.

       The Motor Forum Forum Index -> Your Motor
Page 1 of 1
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum