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gonnabuildabuggy

Forum challenge

So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K?
TreVoR

Discovery 3.
Michael

Depends on the needs of your particular family. For some a 3 series touring will fit the bill while others only an SUV will do.
Bob Sacamano

TreVoR wrote:
Discovery 3.


Sorry, you must have read the original post as:

Quote:
So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K and a slush fund of £5k cash for repairs/re-build?



I'm tempted to say the best Focus I could find for that money. Boring I know but at least as you drove home, contemplating how your life hasn't worked out quite how you thought it would, you wouldn't just decide to drive straight on at the next bend and off the bridge.  

EDIT: Actually, scrub that, I'd buy a MINI and just get them to squeeze in the back.
Michael

Moonboots at the ready, an XC70 is a very versatile car. The boot will handle large dogs as it is squared off, presumably this works for children too. It can handle rough ground if you want to get to more remote areas for canoeing etc. and the interior is very hard wearing. The drive is less impressive but you have another car. Get an Allroad if you can love without the boot space.
Bob Sacamano

Michael wrote:
Moonboots at the ready, an XC70 is a very versatile car. The boot will handle large dogs as it is squared off, presumably this works for children too. It can handle rough ground if you want to get to more remote areas for canoeing etc. and the interior is very hard wearing. The drive is less impressive but you have another car. Get an Allroad if you can love without the boot space.


I thought the OP said if you only had one car?
Big Blue

Alfa 159 1.7TBi sport wagon.
Andy C

XF 3.0 diesel or petrol

Octavia vrs
gooner

Octavia vrs diesel estate. Enough pace to just about not be boring whilst giving you a huge boot and 50mpg. I'd like to say 530d touring but you'd be looking at a lot older model for the same money.
Michael

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Michael wrote:
Moonboots at the ready, an XC70 is a very versatile car. The boot will handle large dogs as it is squared off, presumably this works for children too. It can handle rough ground if you want to get to more remote areas for canoeing etc. and the interior is very hard wearing. The drive is less impressive but you have another car. Get an Allroad if you can love without the boot space.


I thought the OP said if you only had one car?


So it does. Well I've got one car (not including the open-topped roadster lawnmower) and it works for me.
JohnC

An estate of some flavour. Not unexpectedly it would probably be a 3 series but at that money it might need to be a bit older or perhaps a non MSport. I would also look at the A4 and possibly a Skoda Octavia which would give me a much newer, less leggy car for the same money - I think my choice would be dependant on the condition of the specific vehicle and also how many miles it would do. It would be a long search with a lightening reaction when I found something of interest.
Chip Butty

I would buy a 5 series sized saloon with a large petrol engine  

or do a PCP on a decent new hot hatchback using some of the £10k as deposit.

or do a PCP on an XE S or a 340i - using some of the £10k as deposit
Frank Bullitt

Predictable;

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201609197908963

Leaves enough change for the Gypsy Hook and a tank of fuel.
Nice Guy Eddie

Golf GTi or if I needed the additional boot space, Focus ST estate or Octavia VRS Estate
Skyhook

Skoda Yeti
Tim

5 series estate in petrol manual form.
Giant

I suspect the default answer to this question for the general populace is Qashqai.

Depending on mileage, I'd be with NGE.
PhilD

Re: Forum challenge

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K?


Not sure you an answer that without a few more details! How many kids? usage? parking?  etc
Frank Bullitt

Re: Forum challenge

PhilD wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K?


Not sure you an answer that without a few more details! How many kids? usage? parking?  etc


I'm assuming given ones existing circumstances!

If I had 5 kids then I'd have a C4 Grand Picasso and enough change for padded cell to spend some 'me' time in, for example
Blarno

Focus ST TDCi estate, provided it came in budget.

Or an older 535d Touring.
Roadsterstu

Timely question. I am looking into changing the V50, probably next spring. I need hatch ir estate, family size and performance on a par with mine. At 10k I might be looking at 3 Series tourings but i did look higher and found a nice C350 CDi Sport estate at 17k, 23k miles, 62 plated.
Im currently browsing Caterham 7s though, so I'm all over the place!!
Roadsterstu

A few suggestions in there that seem to have missed the 10k budget point!
Tim

Re: Forum challenge

Frank Bullitt wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Not sure you an answer that without a few more details! How many kids? usage? parking?  etc


I'm assuming given ones existing circumstances!


Hadn't thought of that.
I might change my answer to Nissan 350Z - as long as there was enough I the budget for decent winter tyres.
PhilD

Re: Forum challenge

Tim wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Not sure you an answer that without a few more details! How many kids? usage? parking?  etc


I'm assuming given ones existing circumstances!


Hadn't thought of that.
I might change my answer to Nissan 350Z - as long as there was enough I the budget for decent winter tyres.


I should have read the title/OP more thoroughly, I thought this was "what should I buy"  
Tim

Yeah, I was assuming "what would you recommend for a family" to buy?
gonnabuildabuggy

I'd deliberately left it vague to see what people put but yes, a need to fit 4 people in I guess.

It's not a particular need, just curious to see what ideas people came up with.
Racing Teatray

Pretty sure I'd go with an E91 325i/330i Touring or perhaps a V8 Audi S4 estate. Possibly the tidiest kitchen-sink-spec X-Type 3.0 AWD estate or W203 C350 AMG Sport Estate that I could get my hands on and a whole heap of change.
JohnC

Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3

OR THIS

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=8

OR THIS

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=9

THIS IS PROBABLY MUCH MORE SENSIBLE

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...%2Cused&logcode=p&adPos=2

AND THIS COULD BE A LONG TERM FRIEND

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=2
Frank Bullitt

Is that Volvo Doom Blue?!!!

The Honda looks overpriced and the Subaru is ugly (where did it all go wrong...), the BMW looks a bit tatty - the S4 looks cracking, though.
Boxer6

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Is that Volvo Doom Blue?!!!

The Honda looks overpriced and the Subaru is ugly (where did it all go wrong...), the BMW looks a bit tatty - the S4 looks cracking, though.


The Gen.V Legacy really was a munter, especially compared to its predecessor (mine).

The 2.5 petrol engine wasn't one of their best, and the diesel was thirsty, weak and the early ones had big DMF issues. To be avoided really.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

2 to 3 year old C-Max Titanium or Scenic X-Mod
Stuntman

Golf or a 3 series of whatever body style appealed most.  For the budget it would probably be a Mark 6 Golf, or an E90 or E91 3 series.

If it was my own money it would be a Golf GTI 5 door with a manual gearbox, either a Mk5 or Mk6.
Racing Teatray

JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.
Bob Sacamano

Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Previous owner was a doctor so that means it'll be extra good.
Michael

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Previous owner was a doctor so that means it'll be extra good.


It's just what they ordered.
Roadsterstu

Your finger is on the pulse today.
PhilD

Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Can't see any problem with cream seats in a family car. Oh no.

Martin

I had them in the 520d and it wasn't an issue.  Being leather it means they're wipe clean and you just need to have rules.

Cloth is worse, especially if your young child is car sick....I spent hours cleaning / re-cleaning the back seat of a Golf Estate we hired in Portugal about 10 years ago to get rid of the odour.....
Tim

Boxer6 wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
Is that Volvo Doom Blue?!!!

The Honda looks overpriced and the Subaru is ugly (where did it all go wrong...), the BMW looks a bit tatty - the S4 looks cracking, though.


The Gen.V Legacy really was a munter, especially compared to its predecessor (mine).

The 2.5 petrol engine wasn't one of their best, and the diesel was thirsty, weak and the early ones had big DMF issues. To be avoided really.


The diesels have glow plug issues and they're invariably stuck in the head and snap when they're being removed necessitating a lot of extra work.

Also the 2.5 petrol is gutless, thirsty and when attached to an autobox spends a lot of time dropping out of top gear, especially up motorway hills at 70!
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Previous owner was a doctor so that means it'll be extra good.


Yes, I've never ever understood the relevance of that.
Roadsterstu

This is way over the 10k budget and I suspect rather optimistic on price regardless but I do rather like it. I'd prefer black leather but I could live with that.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201602231325208
Giant

I suspect the default answer to this question for the general populace is Qashqai.

Depending on mileage, I'd be with NGE.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
I had them in the 520d and it wasn't an issue.  Being leather it means they're wipe clean and you just need to have rules.



I meant to add, Martin you are banned from responding as the OP didn't say "what Family car would you buy if you live in Stepford"  
Boxer6

Tim wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
Is that Volvo Doom Blue?!!!

The Honda looks overpriced and the Subaru is ugly (where did it all go wrong...), the BMW looks a bit tatty - the S4 looks cracking, though.


The Gen.V Legacy really was a munter, especially compared to its predecessor (mine).

The 2.5 petrol engine wasn't one of their best, and the diesel was thirsty, weak and the early ones had big DMF issues. To be avoided really.


The diesels have glow plug issues and they're invariably stuck in the head and snap when they're being removed necessitating a lot of extra work.

Also the 2.5 petrol is gutless, thirsty and when attached to an autobox spends a lot of time dropping out of top gear, especially up motorway hills at 70!


Like I said, not one of their best!!  
Martin

PhilD wrote:
Martin wrote:
I had them in the 520d and it wasn't an issue.  Being leather it means they're wipe clean and you just need to have rules.



I meant to add, Martin you are banned from responding as the OP didn't say "what Family car would you buy if you live in Stepford"  


I like the sound of this Stepford place, they clearly have proper standards and a great life
BeN

Re: Forum challenge

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K?


I think it does depend on what kind of family, but I would go for a big(ish) sedan or wagon. Anything 5 Series-sized would be nice.
Frank Bullitt

Racing Teatray wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Previous owner was a doctor so that means it'll be extra good.


Yes, I've never ever understood the relevance of that.


I wouldn't buy a used car from any of the Doctors I know.
tali

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Something like this

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...=estate&logcode=p&adPos=3



That looks ideal.


Previous owner was a doctor so that means it'll be extra good.


Yes, I've never ever understood the relevance of that.


I wouldn't buy a used car from any of the Doctors I know.



Roadsterstu

Poor Harold. Misunderstood. Just saving the NHS some money.
PG

Doctors are lucky. They get to bury their mistakes.  
Chocy Rocky

I'm with NGE and Stuntman on this.

Golf GTI, 5 door manual.



Fuck I miss my Golf.
Frank Bullitt

PG wrote:
Doctors are lucky. They get to bury their mistakes.  


When I was a young man in the NHS out Estates Manager was having an argument with a Gastroenterologist and he did actually use the line 'I have to fix my mistakes, you get to bury yours' - it was hilarious (the Gastroenterologist was an arse) and he probably wouldn't get away with it now.
PG

Frank Bullitt wrote:
When I was a young man in the NHS out Estates Manager was having an argument with a Gastroenterologist and he did actually use the line 'I have to fix my mistakes, you get to bury yours' - it was hilarious (the Gastroenterologist was an arse) and he probably wouldn't get away with it now.


Staying with the doctor theme, I went on a training course once where one of the attendees was a senior manager in the BMA medical ethics and insurance department. He joked that when doctors telephoned him to say that they were having an affair with one of their patients and what should they do, he used to day "Don't stop! They only complain when you stop."
Grampa

Re: Forum challenge

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
So, what "Family Car" would you buy if you had only one car for family use and a budget of £10K?


A Scirocco or a Mini  

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