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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

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RWD and manual transmission? Pretty much the opposite to what I am looking for I'm afraid!
You are not a true British petrolhead.
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Old 18.03.2018, 12:07
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Really? How many Alfas have you owned?

My DD here has always been an Alfa. Only one Alfa let me down, but that was a rental.

I've towed a few "reliable" cars with my Alfa. In fact, I towed a car with my '98 Alfa 145 this morning.

RD, the Giulia is a decent car. Not quite a full on wet dream for an Alfisti, but still... an Alfa. Just make sure you get one which hasn't been thrashed by the first owner.
I had a Alfa Romeo 4C as my daily driver in 2016/17 and never had any problems.
Two oil changes, that's all. Drive now a Fiat 500 Abarth and after 12000 miles also no problems . Now these are cars that are a lot of fun to drive.
We will move to Locarno this summer from the USA and most probably will settle for a VW Golf new or very low milage.
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this one ticks all the boxes: www.autoscout24.ch/5472417

on top of that, it has the unique advantage that can easily find it back on the parking lot.
Drove a Golf R with APR stage 1 and lots of other mods in 2014/15. Another fun car to drive, but with that many km on the clock I would stay away from it especially that a Golf R is meant to be driven hard
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Old 18.03.2018, 12:22
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You are not a true British petrolhead.
Of that there is no doubt. I want a good blend of comfort and practicality over outright performance, and the 1.4 Turbo engines are both economical and plenty powerful enough for my needs .
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Old 18.03.2018, 12:27
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

What ever you get make sure it has a car seat heater and that it's working properly.
Traded in mine cause the seat was getting a bit too hot.
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for around 15k?

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Hahahahah Im afraid "Reliable" and "Alfa Romeo" never goes in the same sentence...

I believe those days are gone. I had Giulietta 1.4 MA from 2011 till 1 month back.
I used it as daily driver for couple of years. Never had any problem.
I could even sell it for 10k last month
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Old 18.03.2018, 13:16
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

I would highly recommend Mazda CX3 2017 model, which btw my better half got for around CHF24k with low mileage 3000km last year. Really great compact SUV. Slightly limited boot space but skis can fit in and it has 2l engine. Quite nippy little car, fully packed with equipment and it has Bose speeakers in it.

Last year’s model review:
https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/mazda/cx-3
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Old 18.03.2018, 14:31
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

Did anyone mention Range Rover Evoque? You should be able to pick one up quite cheap
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I would highly recommend Mazda CX3 2017 model, which btw my better half got for around CHF24k with low mileage 3000km last year. Really great compact SUV. Slightly limited boot space but skis can fit in and it has 2l engine. Quite nippy little car, fully packed with equipment and it has Bose speeakers in it.

Last year’s model review:
https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/mazda/cx-3
I am really not a fan of the looks... that black bumper that goes all around the side of the car just above the wheels looks a bit rubbish and plasticky.

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Did anyone mention Range Rover Evoque? You should be able to pick one up quite cheap
lol...
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Old 18.03.2018, 17:03
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

Buy BMW X3 then it’s not a rubbish.
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

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It was out of warranty and it cost approx. CHF 1,500 for a complete new turbo.

As you will be aware the majority of cars now have turbo charged engines, so something to consider when researching your car for long term maintenance.
AFAIK: new Toyota Hybrids have gone back to naturally aspirated.
At least for the smaller models.

Everything else is turbo-charged, unless you go into Supercar territory.
And even there I'm not sure.
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Old 18.03.2018, 20:19
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AFAIK: new Toyota Hybrids have gone back to naturally aspirated.
At least for the smaller models.

Everything else is turbo-charged, unless you go into Supercar territory.
And even there I'm not sure.
Toyota Hybrids were always naturally aspirated. Probably a budget decision. The main brand that now produces naturally aspirated cars is Mazda.

ps. a 4 page thread for buying a thirteen in a dozen car is a bit too much drama in my opinion.
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Old 18.03.2018, 20:27
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

I would fly the flag and get a Jag XE or Mini Paceman and be an Englishman in Neu Dörflingen
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Old 18.03.2018, 21:04
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I would highly recommend Mazda CX3 2017 model, which btw my better half got for around CHF24k with low mileage 3000km last year. Really great compact SUV. Slightly limited boot space but skis can fit in and it has 2l engine. Quite nippy little car, fully packed with equipment and it has Bose speeakers in it.
We bought a cx3 in 2015, which my wife uses, and I use a scooter.

I appreciate opinions about styling are subjective. I like Mazda's design.

It's AWD, 2.0l, non-turbo, about the same size as a golf-plus. It's too small inside for my skis, they go on the roof. Lots of gadgets, automatic, parking sensors, smooth and comfortable.
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Old 19.03.2018, 08:50
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I believe those days are gone. I had Giulietta 1.4 MA from 2011 till 1 month back.
I used it as daily driver for couple of years. Never had any problem.
I could even sell it for 10k last month
read the reviews on the new alfa, seems the unreliable days are back with a vengeance, when your press cars are breaking down all over the world you know you have a serious problem
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Old 19.03.2018, 09:47
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read the reviews on the new alfa, seems the unreliable days are back with a vengeance, when your press cars are breaking down all over the world you know you have a serious problem
Which new Alfa? Is it just a specific model or multiple?
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Old 19.03.2018, 10:00
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

the GIULIA, not read any reviews of their new 4x4, the GIULIA reviews where just painful, electrics failing, limp home mode, cars just breaking down etc etc really no excuse for a car company giving lemons to the press for review, you would have though they would have gone over those test cars with a fine tooth comb to make sure nothing could possibly go wrong, and if they did that doesn't bode well for the general public.

I do find it amusing when people say their car has been perfect, well, apart from a CAM BELT snapping or the engine blowing etc etc I know quite a few Audi owners and all of them have had issues, expensive issues, every single alfa owner I know has had issues, they seem to be able to blank them from memory.

just my personal experience, Our Merc really has been perfect, all we've had to change in 100k km and 6 years of ownership (from new) is 2 headlight bulbs, and a set of brake pads, oh and the spring on one of the cup holders doesn't spring anymore.

Had the el-cheapo focus daily driver a couple of years and that's only had wear and tear items replaced, brake pads, a couple of bearings, and that's on 100k miles.

before the merc the most reliable car we owned had been a toyota landcruiser, that was an epic car.
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Old 19.03.2018, 10:02
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Which new Alfa? Is it just a specific model or multiple?
The Giulia has been getting less than stellar reliability numbers, but it seems that it's a bit early for concrete numbers on the Stelvio.

For Alfa, particularly in the US market, it won't matter if the Stelvio beats absolutely everyone else on reliability. The problem for Alfa is their history.
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I do find it amusing when people say their car has been perfect, well, apart from a CAM BELT snapping or the engine blowing etc etc I know quite a few Audi owners and all of them have had issues, expensive issues, every single alfa owner I know has had issues, they seem to be able to blank them from memory.
Well we had a Giulietta Cloverleaf very soon after release and it was perfectly reliable for the 3 years we owned it. It was white with red leather seats, 19" black alloys and a panorama roof and looked stunning, one of those look back cars. I think Alfas are more emotional purchases and if you have one on lease with full 3 year manufacturer warranty then why not?

Would I buy 2nd hand? probably not
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Re: Which car as a weekend runner for up to 25k?

Alfa 159 owner here. My car passed the 150'000 KM mark yesterday, and I went through the bills and the service maintenance book yesterday to see what had been done:

- 2007 model
- purchased in 2013 at 6 years of age and 60'000 KM on the clock
- currently at 150K KM and 11 years of age
- exchanged parts: except consumables (tires, brakes, light bulbs), none
- original clutch, alternator, electronics, everything

Still today at 11 years of age, I do turn around to look at my car when parked and admire her for a second - and a few years ago I caught guys taking pictures of it at a carwash and on the highway in Sweden.

Meanwhile, my sister in law is on her 3rd Audi in 7 years, always due to engine and/or electronics problems.

People that bash on Alfa's reliability usually never owned one and never will - but that's fine, you just keep getting your boring VAG's and leave these beauties for us real petrolheads to enjoy

Next purchase: another Alfa. There simply isn't anything else as fun in this price class.
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