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boylers11
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Me and a few mates are thinking of doing a long weekend road trip late summer time, possibly with a lap or two of the Ring thrown in time permitting.
Instead of taking our dailies or project cars for various reasons, we are thinking of each buying a car for £300-£400 to sell on when we get back.
No major requirements really, other than cheap and nippy ie not a 1.0 Micra.
Ideas would be great
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Haha I'm doing the exact same thing with mates in August. Was going to post up a similar thread, interested to hear suggestions.


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Did it last year in a Volvo V70 which was great but at every point would have rather been in my TT. Unless there is a very strong reason why not to use your regular car just do that!


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Originally posted by nibnob21
Haha I'm doing the exact same thing with mates in August. Was going to post up a similar thread, interested to hear suggestions.


Are you going across to Amsterdam or down to France?
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Originally posted by Ian W
Did it last year in a Volvo V70 which was great but at every point would have rather been in my TT. Unless there is a very strong reason why not to use your regular car just do that!


Partly cos it's more of a challenge, partly cos we drive our dailies every day etc. we all have second cars too, but don't want to take them either for reliability or risk reasons.
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Originally posted by boylers11
quote:
Originally posted by nibnob21
Haha I'm doing the exact same thing with mates in August. Was going to post up a similar thread, interested to hear suggestions.


Are you going across to Amsterdam or down to France?


Think we'll be heading to Southern France. Nothing fully set in stone yet.


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I have bought a 528i with this purpose in mind
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Something big and comfortable.

I fully agree with Ian if you're driving, something like a TT can easily handle it but if you want a load of people in there then size has to matter.

My default answer is a Grand Espace 3 litre diesel auto but that might be over budget. Although you'll be able to sell on, might even turn a profit. A £400 car is just going to be a worry and give you hassle, you'd struggle to get a trustworthy Focus for that, never mind anything large or interesting.


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Our Volvo was perfect, 2.5 td auto with plenty of space for the 4 of us in it, the problem is the roads are amazing and tootling along in a diesel that struggles to get to 85mph, handles like an oil tanker and stops like a train was a bit of a twat when we all have fast capable cars at home

Ours was for charity though so the banger was part of the deal.

Great experience and I 100% want to do a Euro trip again, but it will be in something more fun for the long winding mountain roads


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There are 3 or 4 of us going and we'd each be buying a car, then will probably end up taking the girls too. We're not overly bothered about vehicle size. I was looking at old Volvos, BMs and maybe even Hondas.
Has anyone ever driven over from Amsterdam as opposed to France? It'd work out a lot shorter for us.
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Any 270 engine Merc, they go forever, they are cheap and of course super comfortable.

E270 Estate on a ML270 would be my choice.
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If you get a BM make sure it's a manual, the engines last forever but the boxes (especially on the e39s) like to shit themselves when the milage is prefixed with a 1 (100k +)
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quote:
Originally posted by Ian W
Did it last year in a Volvo V70 which was great but at every point would have rather been in my TT. Unless there is a very strong reason why not to use your regular car just do that!


Agree 100%
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I've done it 2 years running.

First year was 4 of us in a BMW M135 - did Eurotunnel to Calais, then Bruges for a night, Amsterdam for 2 nights, Nurburgring for 4 nights (where we hired Suzuki Swifts, which were great fun!) and then home with a night in Brussels to break up the journey back to Bristol.

Last year there were 3 of us, all in individual cars - BMW M135, my S2000 and a 3rd in an Audi RS6. Did Bruges for 1 night again, then 6 nights at the 'ring (taking in sme VLN racing too), followed by 4 nights at Spa Francorchamps for the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Absolutely loved the journey across in my S2000, roof down from Calais right across to the Nurburgring, and then a couple of laps of the Nordschleife and a session on the Nurburgring F1 circuit made it a perfect trip!
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I do it every year a few times in my Daily cars

Astra mk3 gsi
Vectra C 1.9 cdti
Corsa D 1.3
Civic Type R Ep3

About to do it in my E91 325d in June to. I love it and cant get enough of it, hence my project ( astra estate ) ive added cruise etc to it for trips like this
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How're you getting on with this? With my £300 budget I picked up a mid nineties V6 Audi A4 for £210 today


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Seems strange to me. I kinda understand for you don't want to take your project car if there's a certain reason... But not taking a daily car you bought either, and now buying a third car. Wtf
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Golf 7R, only £252 for a whole month
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That would be too new.
Would need a trip car, instead of the new car, and a daily instead of the new car, and a project car to post online
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Can highly recommend a fiat cinquecento 1.1.
4's up around Europe. Comfy and cheap.
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Would rather do it in a decent car with 2 up, who wants to drive around europe, 4 up in some tiny little underpowered sweatbox.

I'm probably wrong, its probably the cool thing to do these days, gets just as many facebook likes as touring italy in a Laferrari
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There’re 13 of us going, split into 4 teams - 3x3 and 1x4. So the budget for the four cars is split between several people, not just coming out of my pocket.

Car - £210
Month’s tax - ~£20
Week’s insurance - ~£100

Then minus any resale or scrap value of the car. Divided by three people that’s not very much.
 
We’re doing it Top Gear-esque with various challenges along the way. It’s not really a lot of money. You can easily spend considerably more on flights than we’ll be spending on the tunnel and fuel. Plus we’re staying in campsites, not hotels.
 
Quite ironic:
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How dare somebody spend their money on what they want to.



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Generation
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I didn't say there was anything wrong with spending on what you want. Please re-read then feel
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