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Hammer
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23rd Apr 10 at 17:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ok, I think I've decided I'd like a cheap convertible to pootle about with over summer. I fancy a vx220 eventually but until I can get a good turbo close by I'd rather something cheap and cheerful.

The 3 I can think of are an MX5, MR2 and a TF. I actually like the looks of the TF over the other 2 tbh but I know that is the least respected performer of the 3.

Any recommendations or other options?

[Edited on 23-04-2010 by Hammer]
Adam_B
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23rd Apr 10 at 17:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Nothing to do with respect, backwards Metro Fs are fucking shite cars, end of. MR2 is slightly less gay but the MX5 is the better drive.
Nath
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Mk4 Astra Cabs dont fetch much money these days.

306 Cab, although a bit soft looking and also French.
Colin
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23rd Apr 10 at 17:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Whats the budget??

I was looking at a cat d repaired elise last week on a website. Plenty summer fun for 5k!!
Hammer
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Astra cab is a good shout actually, I'll see how much decent ones are going for.
Hammer
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quote:
Originally posted by Colin
Whats the budget??

I was looking at a cat d repaired elise last week on a website. Plenty summer fun for 5k!!


Anything really, within reason, depending on the car. I'd probably even buy a 220 just now if there was a clean turbo nearby that I like.
John
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23rd Apr 10 at 17:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'll sell you a diesel astra for 10k

The options you've covered are about the best ones, anything else is either more expensive or more gay.
Hammer
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http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201012355500183/sort/priceasc/usedcars/make/saab/page/1/radius/60/keywords/convertible/postcode/g661as?logcode=p

These good cars? I like the look of that.
Nath
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I think MarkM was looking at those.
Rich H
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I quite like the TF's too

Hate MR2's. MX% is regarded as a decent "drivers" car.
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The mazda for sure if you can get one with a worthwhile engine. Best drivers car in any case, although if you're considering the TF that might not be important to you
Rob_Lee
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

just bought an mx5 mot failure to do up and sell
Hammer
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The 'experts' seem to love the mx5, I've just never been that enamoured with their looks tbh
Colin
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What about this - http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201011354659553/sort/priceasc/usedcars/body-type/convertible/price-to/9000/price-from/4000/make/tvr/page/1/radius/100/postcode/fk39ar?logcode=p

Thats the place I got my M3 from, you'll probably get a years approved car warranty with it & RAC breakdown!!
richc
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I like the looks of the TF.....Dispite how shite they are
Rob_Lee
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Buy mine when im done
John
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Hammer
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201012355500183/sort/priceasc/usedcars/make/saab/page/1/radius/60/keywords/convertible/postcode/g661as?logcode=p

These good cars? I like the look of that.


It's just a vectra so cheap cheap parts, not bad cars tbh and look good.
deano87
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23rd Apr 10 at 18:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

MX5 out of your choices.

The Saab is sexy though.
AndyKent
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quote:
Originally posted by John
quote:
Originally posted by Hammer
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201012355500183/sort/priceasc/usedcars/make/saab/page/1/radius/60/keywords/convertible/postcode/g661as?logcode=p

These good cars? I like the look of that.


It's just a vectra so cheap cheap parts, not bad cars tbh and look good.


Boss has had various Saab turbos over the years and currently has a 2.8 version of the above. Nice looking and goes really well but the interior is pretty nasty. About a million buttons on the centre console and a bit too plasticy.

Otherwise very nice car.

[Edited on 23-04-2010 by AndyKent]
rustyarchs
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cheap go for the mg, fun wee cars mucho cheapness! handleing was fine tuned by mark blundell and at time of there release there handling was praised a fair bit better than the old pop up light mx5.. oh get one that the hg has been repaired, iv got a mgf so maybe biased but iv had a it a few years now and keep it to play with in the summer as it goes with my purse and high heels

bit more money go for a newer mx5, better quality random interior bits wont fall off still a good looking wee car thats fun, a lot smoother and and less twitchy when driving hard or in the wet and quieter than the mg

mr2 not a fan of the looks and never drove one so dunno never drove an vx220 either so cant comment on that except to say when i did sit in one i soon figured out i didnt fit in the seat and that to get in or out was hilarious

any of the above and you will need a handbag tho!!!
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my mate selling hi mk4 escort cab with a serisis 2 rs turbo engine runniung 200bhp on low boost and the shell and roof is mint 1 of the cleanest iv seen u2u me if ur interested 1800
Kano
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24th Apr 10 at 09:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

You got a link to the elise colin?
John
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I'd take a guess at him not wanting an old escort tbh.
mark_gsi
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what about them honda CRX del sol things are they not convertible/targa roof thing?
Marc
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Out of them, I would go for the MX-5 due to it being more of a drivers car. All depends on if you can live with being in a so called hairdressers car!

You should buy an old Saab 900 convertible

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