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Teeny Tiny Car Tips

Hello all,
Much as it pains me to say it, I would actually like some opinions on the current "Teeny Tiny" car market. Before you worry if I have lost my marbles buying a tin can on wheels, I should say that I do have a Ford S-Max that I LOVE!

It's just time to part-exchange our 12 year old Peugeot 206. This is the "husband parks at the station" car (which, BTW is FREE parking at the station near us ), this is therefore not generally for running my kids around in.

Actually I have heard mixed reports on the Citroen C1, Peugoet 107 and the like, so I was wondering if any of you actually have one and would recommend it!? (I should warn you that I won't accept recommendations from anyone found to be a car sales person ).

Was wondering about the Hyundai's, Kia's etc as well - since they seem to have warranties more years than my kids have collectively been around the sun.

You thoughts and appropriate sarcasm please (just don't dare knock my Ford)!
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

You are based in the Alsace and do not consider the Smart ? It doesn't get much tinier than that.
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Old 24.03.2011, 08:50
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

We have something similar to the S-max- in the same class.
Personally i want to trade it in for a...

oohh.. i think i'd be happy with an SLK
I'm not fussy
It does have to be silver though.

The kids muttered something about two doors and not enough seats.
I think it will be fine.



If you choose this, i'll be happy to help you test drive.
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Old 24.03.2011, 08:51
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

I wouldn't touch a french car with a very large pole.

the mk2 smarts are good, only 2 seats of course, the mk1's suffered with engine problems.

toyota (q1 is it??) do a smart with 4 seats, heard good things about those.
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:07
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I wouldn't touch a french car with a very large pole.
Yawn......How many French cars have you actually owned to be able to make such sweeping comments?
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:09
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Yawn......How many French cars have you actually owned to be able to make such sweeping comments?

Yawn

well lets see, from new or 2nd hand?

From new

Clio 172
Renault Spider

Shall I continue?
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

- I wouldn't touch a french car with a very large pole.



Wow, is pole vaulitng your hobby!? Cool.
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:12
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Wow, is pole vaulitng your hobby!? Cool.

fraid not, its avoiding the bills that come with french cars
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:14
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well lets see, from new or 2nd hand?

From new

Clio 172
Renault Spider

Shall I continue?

How many did you need to buy before you made up your mind that you didn't like them?
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:17
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How many did you need to buy before you made up your mind that you didn't like them?

I like french cars, the 172 and spider where fantastic to drive, in fact the spider was the best car I have ever owned, also had an 806 for a while, again brilliant car, and of course a 205

but at some point they will go wrong and things will drop off, and then you'll be at the mercy of french car dealers, who are terrible, and more expensive then just about every other dealer I have ever encountered (merc aside)

the spider

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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

Was wondering about the Hyundai's, Kia's etc as well - since they seem to have warranties more years than my kids have collectively been around the sun.


I have had a Hyndai Getz for over 4 years and I love it. We bought it new and have never had a single problem with it (except when the mice chewed through a tube ) I think they have now replaced it with the i20 but they look very similar.

I used it as a second car for running about in and doing the school run etc as we also had a Ford Galaxy at the time but we did use it for a weekend in London and it was great for 3 of us but probably not if you try to squeeze 5 of you in (for short journeys it would be OK).
I can highly recommend it.

My brother has a KIA Carens which obviously doesn't fit into the small car category but they are very happy with it. No problems in the 3 years they've had it and it has a 7 year warranty which is another plus point of owning a KIA.
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I use a nissan micra to get three kids around. It's great. Easy parking, runs on the smell of an oily rag. Although I'd rather a toyota.
Small cars rule!
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:39
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

You might take a look at this thread from about a year ago - lots of helpful opinions and recommendations on various small cars:

Fiat Panda - Experience?
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:40
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

One word:

Mini Cooper!

My world for a mini cooper! If someone has too much money and is just looking to throw it away like that, I am willing to exchange it with one of my beautiful smile!
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:42
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but at some point they will go wrong and things will drop off, and then you'll be at the mercy of french car dealers, who are terrible, and more expensive then just about every other dealer I have ever encountered (merc aside)
The OP has already owned a Renault so is probably well aware of service costs.

To the OP: In my experience, and having driven both fairly recently, the Smart is a far better drive than the C1 and feels better quality inside.

Renault have a new Twingo out that may be worth a look.
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Re: Teeny Tiny Car Tips

The German magazine "Autobild published Spezial TÜV Report 2011"
with all the Government test statistiks.

In this class it recommends only

Toyota Aygo / Citröen C1 / Peugeot 107 (less than 3 years old) all made on the same factory line

Smart ForTwo

Suzuki Sx4

Toyota Yaris

[The Ford Fusion and Ford Focus D Max were also excellent]
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Old 24.03.2011, 17:39
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Mini. It's the only valid answer really.
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