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    I have recently taken on a contract in Basingstoke and our Nissan Terrano was just going to be too thirsty on the daily 80 mile round commute. I didn't want to get rid of the 4x4 as we love it so it was decided I should get something more practical as a 2nd car. This meant the budget was tight at £600! I wanted something economical but most importantly, it had to have an element of fun - I just can't do boring cars!

    Anyway, after a few weeks of searching/bidding on eBay I secured myself a motor and my God, what a car. I've been driving it for a few weeks now and I can honestly say it's been elevated into my top 3 cars of all time. This is no mean feat when you take into account I have been driving for 20 years, have owned around 40 different cars (ranging in price from £500 to £15k) and have covered 3/4 of a million miles.

    It is one of the sweetest handing cars I've been in, has a cracking gearbox and is fast enough to be fun. It's got 4 seats, a big boot, does 40 mpg and costs £350 a year to insure. The car I have is a '98 with 80k on the clock, it has loads of history, is very clean, tidy and rustless and it came with 10 months MOT. It cost me £630 and to be honest, feels like all the car I'd ever need.

    As a footnote I'm an avid reader/subscriber of EVO magazine and they rate this car as 5 stars out of 5 and simply list the positives as 'Everything' and the negatives as 'Nothing'.

    Can anyone guess what it is? The correct answer doesn't win a thing...

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    Mondeo?

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    Scrub that, you said good handling

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    Nope. It's only got 4 seats (rather than 5).

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    Proton Persona?
    Honda Prelude?

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    hmm, well boot isnt big, but my first get was a pug 205. Best car ive ever owned as a driving experience

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    Scooby?

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    No idea

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    Nissan Primera? Lots of Skyline inspiration in the penultimate one, dull exterior but meant to be great to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinjb View Post
    Proton Persona?
    Honda Prelude?

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    Clue 1 - It's a 2 door Coupe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
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    Supra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Clue 1 - It's a 2 door Coupe.
    Ford Cougar?
    Vauxhall Calibra?
    Peugeot 406 Coupé?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinjb View Post
    Ford Cougar?
    Vauxhall Calibra?
    Peugeot 406 Coupé?
    Close but no cigar!

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    Ford Puma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Close but no cigar!
    Renault Megane?

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    Tigra

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    Celica?

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    2cv

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelman View Post
    Ford Puma
    Well done that man!

    Here it is;



    Before anyone makes any hairdressing comments they really should try driving one. I've owned a number of fun cars over the years (Golf GTi mk1,2,3 and 4, MG ZS180 V6, MG ZR, 205 GTi etc) but this is probably the sweetest drive of the lot. It's a 1.7 and the engine, which was co-developed with Yamaha is cracking. The handling is fantastic too! I genuinely have a broad smile on my face virtually everytime I step out of it.

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    Fiesta chassis??!

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    I took a Puma, Elise and Formula Ford around a track and preferred the Puma. The FF was too small for me and the Elise wasn't as easy to chuck into corners although it was quicker (although no doubt that is to do with my driving ability). No, the Puma is definitely not a crappy hairdresser car.

    Edit - actually it wasn't as swish as a Formula Ford, but it was something along those lines.
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    The missus has one, and TBF it does drive like a little go-kart, worth a go in I must admit.

    Cannot agree with the big boot comment however.

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    Is this how you drive it?


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    I used to have a 99' Fiesta Zetec-S and surprisingly loved the little thing. It wasn't a Ford Puma but it has some relevance I S'pose.

    Or does it? Shall I delete that and pretend I was never here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Well done that man!

    Here it is;



    Before anyone makes any hairdressing comments they really should try driving one. I've owned a number of fun cars over the years (Golf GTi mk1,2,3 and 4, MG ZS180 V6, MG ZR, 205 GTi etc) but this is probably the sweetest drive of the lot. It's a 1.7 and the engine, which was co-developed with Yamaha is cracking. The handling is fantastic too! I genuinely have a broad smile on my face virtually everytime I step out of it.
    Do you reckon all Pumas are great or only the 1998 version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyboy View Post
    Do you reckon all Pumas are great or only the 1998 version?
    Hard one to call Jonny. The 1998 is good and I've heard the 2000 and 2002 ones aren't bad either. Apparently 1999 wasn't a great year and the 2001 should be ignored at all costs.

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    Still, wouldn't be seen dead in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint_stevo View Post
    Still, wouldn't be seen dead in it
    Well Stevo, we can't all be as cool as you. One day, when you're mature enough to understand, you'll realise that very few people actually give a **** what you look like or put any real importance on it. In the mean time you just keep enjoying the work you put into your self-image. I'm sure you feel it's all worthwhile...

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    if you take into account the difference in fuel cost and extra tax and insurance mot etc, how long will it take to get your money back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispypie View Post
    if you take into account the difference in fuel cost and extra tax and insurance mot etc, how long will it take to get your money back?
    322.7 working days.

    We had to get a 2nd car anyway as the wife needs one for work/school collections etc now I'm not WFH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Well Stevo, we can't all be as cool as you. One day, when you're mature enough to understand, you'll realise that very few people actually give a **** what you look like or put any real importance on it. In the mean time you just keep enjoying the work you put into your self-image. I'm sure you feel it's all worthwhile...
    Pretty stupid reply tbh......

    Don't really care how other people think i look, but i care how i look. Maturity is nothing to do with it, looking like a ***t is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint_stevo View Post
    Pretty stupid reply tbh......

    Don't really care how other people think i look, but i care how i look. Maturity is nothing to do with it, looking like a ***t is.
    lol

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    Maturity, you say?

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    Oh yes, very much so. I am maturity personified. Ask anyone. Oh... and you smell of poo.

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    You're bald and have a girls car

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint_stevo View Post
    You're bald and have a girls car
    Touche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint_stevo View Post
    Pretty stupid reply tbh......

    Don't really care how other people think i look, but i care how i look. Maturity is nothing to do with it, looking like a ***t is.
    I can confirm this. I've seen his golf attire.

    I've always had a sift spot for the Ford Probe. Anyone ever had one?

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    I've recently been demoted from the beemer estate, which died from head gasket failure, to my old 95 Civic Lsi hatch which I had kept as a spare car. Had forgotten what fun the damn thing is to drive, I can see what Son Of Bob means. I think it might be to do with the lower standards of safety gear needed, less weight to drag around and so on, airbags at a minimum etc, its a lot more fun than the newer hatches ive driven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    The 1998 is good and I've heard the 2000 and 2002 ones aren't bad either. Apparently 1999 wasn't a great year and the 2001 should be ignored at all costs.
    I'm trying to decided if you're being facetious.

    My girlfriend has just got a new job so looking for a cheap car and I thought about this thread.

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    It doesn't matter now. We've just put a deposit down on a 2000-reg one. Heads will roll if this turns out to be a turkey (particularly bald ones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al de Man View Post
    It doesn't matter now. We've just put a deposit down on a 2000-reg one. Heads will roll if this turns out to be a turkey (particularly bald ones).
    Deposit? What, £50?

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    On the topic of the Proton Persona (as facepalmed by son of bob further up the thread...) I do get a lot of enjoyment driving my fiancées on the weekend after sitting in my Ford Mondeo shaped mobile office all week. Something nice and fun about driving more basic machinery, although I will accept in the case of the Proton Persona 1.6 it can be as much due to the comedy factor then anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyboy View Post
    Deposit? What, £50?
    Actually, it was £50. Are you stalking me? To be honest, we weren't expecting to buy one so soon since we only started looking the day before and hadn't even begun to think about getting the cash together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al de Man View Post
    I'm trying to decided if you're being facetious.

    My girlfriend has just got a new job so looking for a cheap car and I thought about this thread.
    Yes I was Al - very much so! Although apparently the 1.7 is the best to drive but also the most costly to maintain. What have you got? I've had mine for a couple of months now and still loving. I don't care it it's a girls car - it's awesome fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Yes I was Al - very much so! Although apparently the 1.7 is the best to drive but also the most costly to maintain. What have you got? I've had mine for a couple of months now and still loving. I don't care it it's a girls car - it's awesome fun!
    1.7 on a W with 66000 on the clock. I took it out for a brief spin around the block and all I could think was "This is tight", both in terms of response and space, since I drive a mini-MPV.

    I'm looking forward to giving it a good caning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son of Bob View Post
    Yes I was Al - very much so! Although apparently the 1.7 is the best to drive but also the most costly to maintain. What have you got? I've had mine for a couple of months now and still loving. I don't care it it's a girls car - it's awesome fun!
    Oh thanks then! I passed up a great deal on a 2001 model. Harrumph.

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