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    Buying a runabout...

    I need a runabout whilst im fixing up the astra...dont really care what it is just needs to be as reliable as possible so i was thinking about a nissan micra bubble shape...



    a decent one can be had for around the £500 mark...anything i should look out for in particular for the micra??


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    I will have our runabout Fiesta auto (Mk3 1.4 Ghia 5 door) for sale as soon as my engine rebuild is done.

    Will have about 4 or 5 months MOT and about 3-4 months TAX

    Going to want about £200 for it

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    Micra? Why?

    If it's just a runabout get anything thats cheap, tidy enough with a full years MOT. No point in looking for a particular car when it comes to that kind of money imo.
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    hmm good point sten...i just thought of japo cars straight away due to better reliability for older cars...i've seen older corsas and they sounded quite bad

    would have that fiesta off you lee but portsmouth is a bit far plus i need a carp asap


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    ive got a T reg renault clio 1.2 in gold for a runaround when im doing my car
    Car broken- A3 170 quattro s-line

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    dont do it!!! it reliable, but anybody that drives them loses the ability to drive well. I've not seen anyone drive one in a decent mannor. Plus if you're tall dont even bother, thats the only car that i've driven that gives me back ache after an hour of driving, i'm 6ft 4.

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    Not the worst idea and it will be well made.
    Can't think of much else that ticks the same boxes - Lupo is too new, maybe a Polo? Yaris is also too new but a great little car.
    I think the older Micra (than the bubble one) actually looked better.

    The latest one is actually good fun to drive- Had one whilst the R was being repaired.
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    I've got a proton persona 1.6 XLi as a runaround. cost £300, is a P reg with 60 odd on the clock, and even has abs, discs all round, power stearing, elec windows etc - pretty well specced - granted a cheapo car make etc but it does me well during the week for work and usual rubbish. have a look at those cheaper makes you might find a newer car than you thought you could get for the money.
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    Good little cars. It was my first car and I never had a single problem with it. They're actually fairly nippy for such a small engine due to them all being 16V variants.

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    why not try the car auctions?....personally i would go for anything with an MOT on it an under the £300 mark for a runaround

    If i want i can get a 1.8 Laguna for nothing, it will need about £70 spent on it for it to pass an MOT but my uncle has a laguna he is using for spares so i can get the parts of that for it

    Not bad for nothing

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