Register Login
Shop4Parts - UK's largest online superstore for FIAT and Alfa Romeo parts
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 1 Week Ago   #16
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

I agree the Bravo is definitely the most practical and obvious choice aside from being a bit larger than I'd like. But as you said the styling is a bit of a let down and I'm struggling with it. I really like that feeling you get when you walk out of a petrol station toward your car and it just puts a grin on your face. My old Panda guaranteed to do that but I just don't think a Bravo would...

Honestly I'm not keen on the Mito but I'd have to look into them a bit more. I did love the Punto Evo when it came out, at the time I had a Grande Punto which I was quite fond of but it was quite a dull drive... I assume an Evo is much the same driving experience although with a t-jet a little more exciting?
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #17
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Norfolk UK
Posts: 8,841
Thanks: 381
Blog Entries: 8
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Quote Originally Posted by Didge3 View Post
I agree the Bravo is definitely the most practical and obvious choice aside from being a bit larger than I'd like. But as you said the styling is a bit of a let down and I'm struggling with it. I really like that feeling you get when you walk out of a petrol station toward your car and it just puts a grin on your face. My old Panda guaranteed to do that but I just don't think a Bravo would...

Honestly I'm not keen on the Mito but I'd have to look into them a bit more. I did love the Punto Evo when it came out, at the time I had a Grande Punto which I was quite fond of but it was quite a dull drive... I assume an Evo is much the same driving experience although with a t-jet a little more exciting?
I dunno what model of grande you had, I had a 1.4 8V active and that thing was as dull as dish water and handled like a barge on bed springs.

The Punto Evo I have now is a sporting model so much firmer suspension bigger tyres with more grip, stronger anti roll bars and it goes round corners pretty much flat.

Itís the 120multijet diesel so carries a bit of extra fat and torquey but not revvy. I imagine the 130bhp 1.4 multiair verson would go like te clappers and handle even better. Itís basically a budget abarth, I wonder if, with a remap you could get near abarth power.

I did some research and found out with a £300 remap my diesel could be boosted to 150bhp with no other mods needed.
__________________
Maker and voice behind the YouTube channel PuntoHowTo

And now the owner of a shiny new PuntoHowTo Drivetribe
AndyRKett is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #18
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

I had a 1.4 8v Dynamic, few more toys but the same driving experience, perfectly adequate car but not astounding. Punto Evo sportings seem to be beyond my budget... but would be a contender
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #19
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

E46 318ti ? Anyone got experience of one or know someone? Randomly popped up in a search. I know a lot of people aren't keen on the styling but I quite like it. The saloon E46's are a bit bigger than I'd like so I'm only considering the ti's.
Probably not as cheap to run as I'd like but seems to tick most other boxes.
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #20
***** Whore
 
StevenRB45's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Newcastle
Posts: 5,629
Thanks: 78
Trader Rating: 0
StevenRB45 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

A friend of mine had an E46 320 coupe (same engine different tune I believe) for 2 years. Despite multiple trips to the garage and him being handy with the spanners it didn't work 100% at any point in that time. Inlet coking and electrical gremlins mainly..When it moved it was slow and did low 30s mpg..

He replaced it with a scrap yard refugee Citroen C3 which has so far proved far less of a headache despite being 200 quid, 15 years old, knackered and french.
__________________

Last edited by StevenRB45; 1 Week Ago at 15:43.
StevenRB45 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #21
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Norfolk UK
Posts: 8,841
Thanks: 381
Blog Entries: 8
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

In your position I think I’d be inclined to go for something a bit different, an old German wip, a merc or a bmw, I have my reservations about the e46ti, I worked with a guy who bought a two year old one years back and that too also seemed to be perpetually broken.

Having a quick look on auto trader for something in the 2 - 2.5k price range, petrol with decent acceleration and bearing reliability in mind 3 cars popped out at me.

Hyundai Coupe
Toyota Celica
Honda Civic 1.8

If you want a roadster you are also in the territory for a Mazda mx5, Audi TT, Toyota MR2 or a Mercedes SLK, I’ve even spotted a BMW Z4 for under 2.5k
__________________
Maker and voice behind the YouTube channel PuntoHowTo

And now the owner of a shiny new PuntoHowTo Drivetribe

Last edited by AndyRKett; 1 Week Ago at 18:13.
AndyRKett is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #22
***** Whore
 
StevenRB45's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Newcastle
Posts: 5,629
Thanks: 78
Trader Rating: 0
StevenRB45 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Depending on your level of bravery...

Honda Civic Ep3 type R.. though at this money good ones would be few and far between.
__________________
StevenRB45 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #23
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

I've looked at a few 1.8 Civic's and have added it to the contender list. I'm not keen on the Coupe and really dislike Celica's just because they're always driven by a teenager with a cherry bomb or something...
I don't really want a convertible so that puts the newer MR2's out and the older ones are just too old really. Also considered a TT but in budget the mileage is very high.
Shame about the E46 because I'd figuratively put that in my 'top three'
__________________
FIAT-LESS

Last edited by Didge3; 1 Week Ago at 07:49.
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 2 Days Ago   #24
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Still confused about what I want
This is more for my own personal reference so I know where I'm at.

I've ruled out,
Smart Roadster - Just not reliable enough.

Fiat Bravo - It is an extremely sensible choice but I just don't want one.

Suzuki Swift Sport - High mileage in my budget, not too keen.

Mito + Punto Evo - Can't get the level of spec I'd want in budget.

Still considering,
Honda Civic 1.8 - The most sensible choice and I can get one with all the toys in budget, not very excited by it though, its neither fast or frugal...

BMW 316/318ti - Every single thing I've read online says steer clear of the 4 cylinder petrol BMW's but I just love the E46 ti's and every BMW I've driven are lovely to drive, my Dad has an E90 320i and it leaks oil like a sieve and the EML comes on every 500 miles but I love driving it. Certainly a risk!

Daihatsu Copen 660cc - Bit of a curve ball here, I quite like the look of them and they've got a hard folding roof which is a must if I'm having another convertible (my cloth top Punto was perpetually wet ). The 660 turbo is wimpy but should get much better fuel economy in the heavy traffic daily commute and although not fast I did drive a 34hp Panda around for over 2 years without wanting more power (slow car fast is better than fast car slow...). Biggest concern is motorway journeys. Most of my drive is in town and the odd bit of A road but about twice a month I will do a 30-50mile motorway journey and then every 2-3 months I visit home which is a 140 mile journey.... Not sure if I would tire of this in a Copen...

Thoughts welcome on any of the above
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 2 Days Ago   #25
No strings on me
 
Eklipze3k's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: York
Posts: 14,047
Thanks: 600
Trader Rating: 0
Eklipze3k has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

RE: Daihatsu Copen, though this applies to any Kei car really - you'd be surprised at just how much bigger that 660cc feels! @ycming has a Suzuki Cappuccino, I've got a Pajero Mini, both have 660cc turbo units and both surprisingly quick. Admittedly, the Pajero weighs a lot and is crap on MPG because of that but I never really had any issues keeping up with traffic.
__________________
Eklipze3k is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 2 Days Ago   #26
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Quote Originally Posted by Eklipze3k View Post
RE: Daihatsu Copen, though this applies to any Kei car really - you'd be surprised at just how much bigger that 660cc feels! @ycming has a Suzuki Cappuccino, I've got a Pajero Mini, both have 660cc turbo units and both surprisingly quick. Admittedly, the Pajero weighs a lot and is crap on MPG because of that but I never really had any issues keeping up with traffic.
This is nice to hear from somebody who has experience with these engines! Wasn't expecting to find out much on this forum
It does produce exactly double the power of my old 750 Panda, at a whopping 68hp! Although it weighs around 100kg more, so long as it keeps up with m/way traffic and will maintain 70 up an incline I needn't worry about power.
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Day Ago   #27
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Glasgow
Posts: 8,119
Thanks: 307
Trader Rating: 3
ycming has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Ah yeah great engine the 660cc! Will easily do 80 no problem.

But do try and sit in one making sure is comfortable.

I also had a smart forfour brabus. Lovely car I much prefer over the colt czt but essentially the same car but the brabus is much more comfortable.

Why not consider a cinq or a sei ?
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

ycming is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Day Ago   #28
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Quote Originally Posted by ycming View Post
Ah yeah great engine the 660cc! Will easily do 80 no problem.

But do try and sit in one making sure is comfortable.

I also had a smart forfour brabus. Lovely car I much prefer over the colt czt but essentially the same car but the brabus is much more comfortable.

Why not consider a cinq or a sei ?
Good to know. Forfour Brabus are hard to find and probably a no go, am considering a regular 1.5 Forfour if I can find a good one with the manual box as my Mums was so reliable and I did quite like it.

Always had a soft spot for a Cinq but the simple answer is I want air-con. I think it did come with some Sei's but hard to find one and if I got a Sei I'd probably just wish it were a Cinq.
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Day Ago   #29
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 242
Thanks: 13
Trader Rating: 0
Officina red has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Fiat Panda 100hp , several on autotrader under £2500, like the one in red
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Officina red is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Day Ago   #30
769cc Mayhem!
 
Didge3's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Quite south.
Posts: 2,991
Thanks: 49
Trader Rating: 0
Didge3 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: New car suggestions?

Quote Originally Posted by Officina red View Post
Fiat Panda 100hp , several on autotrader under £2500, like the one in red
I have toyed with the idea but I'm not sure if I'd actually want one, maybe I should drive one and see how I feel.
__________________
FIAT-LESS
Didge3 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(G) New car any suggestions? ayrshiredude Punto Evo 13 17-03-2013 14:46
(S) Suggestions on what I could do to my car? jlh23 Grande Punto 14 28-02-2013 23:32
(G) Value of my car... Suggestions? corky Punto (Mk2/2b) 16 04-02-2013 20:57
Car Suggestions x Alex x Non-FIAT 34 11-07-2007 20:44
(G) After a second car... any suggestions? panda type thingy Panda (Classic) 39 31-01-2007 17:15