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Racing Teatray

Finally...

My sister has just had nipper no.2 and has moved down to the New Forest, where they have a house, for the duration of her maternity leave. Now, she has been intermittently talking about getting a car since nipper no.1 turned up two years ago, but so far has managed to get by just with her husband's company Passat estate (which she hates driving on the grounds it is too big). Now though, I got a text saying they needed to get her a suitable run-around pronto to avoid her being stuck in deepest Hampshire in a village with no shop sans car. Needed to be a big hatch or small estate with a manual gearbox and ISOFIX in good nick on sale within easy reach of them (15 miles or so) for as little outlay as possible (as far under £5k as possible). They predictably wanted an A3 Sportback or A4 Avant but finding decent ones of those for that sort of money in the Shires (where everyone wants an Audi) is tricksy, and my sister wasn't prepared to countenance Japanese or French it seemed (I did try hard with a very tidy 2008 Mazda 6 wagon with all bells/whistles for £4.5k but got zero interest in that).

So I persuaded them to look at E46 tourings and found this one on sale for £3.5k 3 miles away:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...ew,used&logcode=p&adPos=7

They duly went to see it yesterday, my sister liked the size and the drive, and it seemed in very good nick with comprehensive history, so subject to a service and AA inspection, they pick it up on Wednesday.

Job ahem jobbed methinks, given the rather tight criteria. Not a very exciting car, but no turbo to go wrong, no auto box to fail, reasonable poke, no rear electric windows for little people to fiddle with and that ever-useful opening rear glass. It's only lacking leather for full baby-friendliness but you can't have everything.

I am teasing my BiL (who is a VW/Audi fan) that the route to the dark side is a steep and slippery one from which there is no way back...
Big Blue

She'll have fun with that on the slippery roads over the coming months. Good find.
Racing Teatray

They are near Christchurch not far from the sea so I don't think snow is a frequent issue. And if it is, I should think they can pick up a set of winter tyres cheap from the local tyre place with which I think they have a pretty good discount (BiL works for a massive private estate and they take all the estate vehicles there - once had to take my mother's A3 there with a puncture which is how I know).
Roadsterstu

Before long she will complain that BMWs are rubbish in the snow. But that does look like a decent find.

Just why does EVERYONE need to have an Audi?
Racing Teatray

Because the middle-classes are (a) sheep and (b) behind the curve. So they've not cottoned on to the fact that the archetypal BMW-driving saleswanker actually became the archetypal Audi-driving saleswanker some time ago, and so they still see Audi as classier and more discreet whereas BMWs are still considered "a bit too flash".
Roadsterstu

Blarno

Not all Audi drivers are wankers, but all wankers are Audi drivers.

Boxer6

Blarno wrote:
Not all Audi drivers are wankers, but all wankers are Audi drivers.



Hmm . . . . 2 of our (female)medical secretaries drive Audis!    
Racing Teatray

Onanism is not the sole preserve of those with a Y chromosome...
Big Blue

Indeed. I have witnessed such behaviour from females in my youth.
Boxer6

Racing Teatray wrote:
Onanism is not the sole preserve of those with a Y chromosome...


Very true.

I doubt I will enquire though.
Racing Teatray

Postscript to this is that the E46 passed through all the inspections and service with flying colours, so my sister is now its proud new keeper. Amusingly, my mother refuses to believe that you can buy a respectably reliable BMW estate for £3.5k and so is convinced that it's a deathtrap that will collapse at any moment.
Grampa

Re: Finally...

Racing Teatray wrote:
my sister wasn't prepared to countenance Japanese or French


Experience has taught me that when assisting a woman in the search for a car (e.g. helping my daughter to find a 'family' car), there are some weird prejudices and illogical thoughts that you have to take into account!
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Link to ad no longer works - so tell us what engine it has, please
Racing Teatray

It was a silver 2005 318i ES Touring, so 143bhp 2.0 with a manual box. In what is heading for bangernomics territory I felt something petrol-powered and sans turbo was best.
PhilD

Re: Finally...

Grampa wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
my sister wasn't prepared to countenance Japanese or French


Experience has taught me that when assisting a woman in the search for a car (e.g. helping my daughter to find a 'family' car), there are some weird prejudices and illogical thoughts that you have to take into account!


You'd never get that with us men...
Humphrey The Pug

Re: Finally...

Grampa wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
my sister wasn't prepared to countenance Japanese or French


Experience has taught me that when assisting a woman in the search for a car (e.g. helping my daughter to find a 'family' car), there are some weird prejudices and illogical thoughts that you have to take into account!


My eldest is like this,  she has yet to obtain her drivers licence, however it is Mercedes all the way for her, no matter the age or model, it has to be Mercedes; the girl that did her nails had a nail of a C-Class Coupe', it was always going wrong, had a bit of rust (as they do at that era) etc, however all my daughter could do was to go on about her Mercedes and how jealous she was; probably £1000-£1500 worth tops.

She is a bit of a snob and label freak; odd as she is always skint, I do find it kind of tiresome at times.
JohnC

Re: Finally...

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
She is a bit of a snob and label freak; odd as she is always skint, I do find it kind of tiresome at times.


I think you will find that the majority of teenagers are like that - I blame all these bloody bloggers that they spend hours watching, who do nothing but product placement.

We have had some serious family "conversations" recently with our 13yr old about the value of money and the need to look after things. She is currently having a week without her iphone because she dropped it again and it had no case on it - Susan went mad at her...."How many times do I need to tell you to be careful with that phone and put a case on it? Well you can see what it feels like to be without it for a week because if it breaks through your stupidity it's not getting replaced!"
Big Blue

Hmm. My sons look after their stuff like it was all made of delicate blown-glass. My daughters, admittedly younger, are queens of destruction.
gonnabuildabuggy

Re: Finally...

Humphrey The Pug wrote:

My eldest is like this,  she has yet to obtain her drivers licence, however it is Mercedes all the way for her, no matter the age or model, it has to be Mercedes; the girl that did her nails had a nail of a C-Class Coupe', it was always going wrong, had a bit of rust (as they do at that era) etc, however all my daughter could do was to go on about her Mercedes and how jealous she was; probably £1000-£1500 worth tops.

She is a bit of a snob and label freak; odd as she is always skint, I do find it kind of tiresome at times.


Fortunately my kids show no signs of this, and I was admonished by my youngest for wasting money on the E500 when the old 535i was perfectly decent. The oldest is very proud of his £300 Focus and I had to smile when a friend of his told his mum he wanted "a proper first car like (big little GBB's), not a new car"

Partially I suspect this is down to hard times a few years ago when we all knew the value of money. I had to explain we were selling the Saab as I could buy 8 Mondeo's (it's replacement) with the same money.

JohnC wrote:
I think you will find that the majority of teenagers are like that - I blame all these bloody bloggers that they spend hours watching, who do nothing but product placement.

We have had some serious family "conversations" recently with our 13yr old about the value of money and the need to look after things. She is currently having a week without her iphone because she dropped it again and it had no case on it - Susan went mad at her...."How many times do I need to tell you to be careful with that phone and put a case on it? Well you can see what it feels like to be without it for a week because if it breaks through your stupidity it's not getting replaced!"


I think girl's are worse. A friend's daughter only wants a Mini or Fiat 500. Neither of which they can afford (not that they should buy her a car anyway). But then the Mum "had" to have a 1 series BMW automatic so you can see where it comes from.

My son's too look after their kit, if anything they spend too much on the "best" iphone protectors, etc.

Racing Teatray wrote:
Postscript to this is that the E46 passed through all the inspections and service with flying colours, so my sister is now its proud new keeper. Amusingly, my mother refuses to believe that you can buy a respectably reliable BMW estate for £3.5k and so is convinced that it's a deathtrap that will collapse at any moment.


Long may that view continue, we need someone to keep buying new cars for the rest of us to buy cheaper later.

A well bought banger will last a long, long time nowadays.
PG

Re: Finally...

JohnC wrote:
She is currently having a week without her iphone because she dropped it again and it had no case on it - Susan went mad at her...."How many times do I need to tell you to be careful with that phone and put a case on it? Well you can see what it feels like to be without it for a week because if it breaks through your stupidity it's not getting replaced!"


Careful - she'll refer you to social services for emotional cruelty.  
Frank Bullitt

Luckily for me, Mrs FB only really loves CitroŽn's and smart cars so if that rubs off on FB Junior it won't be too costly as he grows up (a nice Xantia moneypit should be ideal as a first car)
gooner

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Luckily for me, Mrs FB only really loves CitroŽn's and smart cars so if that rubs off on FB Junior it won't be too costly as he grows up (a nice Xantia moneypit should be ideal as a first car)


Or a good old death trap Saxo VTR.
Martin

My eldest is a big Skoda fan and wants a Citigo as his first car.   They are both pretty good really, they do enjoy nice things/meals out/holidays, but are always grateful and don't take things for granted.

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