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Most economical marque car to buy?

Please would you advise us. We will be moving to Zug in August and would like to buy a car. Some cars are cheaper to run and repair than others. In Thailand you would only buy a Jeep if you were daft, the spares are ridiculously expensive as we have learned to our great cost ! Toyotas are the way to go here, spares are readily available and cheap. So, which in Switzerland are the most economical eg, Fiat, Ford, Citroen, Opel etc etc. Also, is diesel worth considering.
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

second hand
large volume seller, undesireable but reliable
diesel is now cheaper than petrol

sounds like an Opel of some description.
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

Smart Four Two (60mpg and cheap to buy ~ CHF 14000)
Otherwise you have to go for a Hybrid (Honda Civic or Toyota Prius)
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Smart is cheap to buy? Who are you kidding!
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Please would you advise us. We will be moving to Zug in August and would like to buy a car. Some cars are cheaper to run and repair than others. In Thailand you would only buy a Jeep if you were daft, the spares are ridiculously expensive as we have learned to our great cost ! Toyotas are the way to go here, spares are readily available and cheap. So, which in Switzerland are the most economical eg, Fiat, Ford, Citroen, Opel etc etc. Also, is diesel worth considering.
Many many thanks in advance
For the first time in my life I have treated myself to a new car. I bought a Dacia Logan MCV and am well pleased with it. It's a seven seater made under licence from Renault in Romania. It can be serviced or repaired at any Renault dealer and has a three year guarantee. I bought the top model with all extras for the fantastic price of FR.-19600

They also do smaller sized cars and their (Swiss) website can be found at: http://www.dacia-logan.ch/

Order now 'cos there's a waiting list until September.

Hope this helps.
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Please would you advise us. We will be moving to Zug in August and would like to buy a car. Some cars are cheaper to run and repair than others. In Thailand you would only buy a Jeep if you were daft, the spares are ridiculously expensive as we have learned to our great cost ! Toyotas are the way to go here, spares are readily available and cheap. So, which in Switzerland are the most economical eg, Fiat, Ford, Citroen, Opel etc etc. Also, is diesel worth considering.
Many many thanks in advance
Questions:
new or second hand?
engine size?
seating capacity?
petrol or diesel?
your budget?
How long you want to keep the car?
It will be helpful to know before making any assumptions .
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

Question before that is do you need a car, or just want one ? Many people here survive without one. If you do want one, I would go for a economical Lupo though being Vw, the purchase price is not the cheapest.
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engine size?
seating capacity?
petrol or diesel?
your budget?
How long you want to keep the car?
It will be helpful to know before making any assumptions .
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

Well I have a Skoda Octavia 2.0L diesel (from new)
It's done 35,000 km only had one service/oil change in that time (cost CHF250)
Can get from Fribourg to Calais on a tank of diesel in 8hrs .
All in all dead chuffed, cheap to run good fuel ecomomy coupled with decent performance.
As long as you can put up with the jokes the're a good buy both new and second hand.
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

Nick - that's big service intervals. How old's the car? I'd certainly throw the boat out and have at least an annual oil change/mini-service.
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

I know , I was suprised at first. It's coming up to two years now. It had it's first service/oil change at 26,000km that was last september.

This is the first diesel I've owned so I really was surprised and had to check with the garage a coule of times to make sure it was normal. They say just go by the on board computer. Aparantely it is these new "sealed engines " that allow the long service gaps.
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Have to say that I'm well impressed by the car my boss provided for me when I moved here, it's a 2002 Peugeot 307 Rapier HDi 1.9 (diesel)

Did 700 miles on one (60 litre) tank on the drive through France (doing a steady 75-80mph). Since arriving here, doing modest urban mileage it's done about 150 miles on a quarter of a tank (15l)

Just before I came over here I had the 60,000 mile service done to make sure it was tip-top before I drove it 1500km (haha), the service itself was only £180, but cos of the lengthy drive I had stuff done that was by no means essential for anything other than peace of mind / completeness (new front tyres, pollen filter, refit the splash-guard under the engine etc etc) - in total still only came to £600 inc vat for a major service + labour which I thought was pretty good.
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Re: Most economical marque car to buy?

Thanks to everyone that replied. To answer the questions. I am not sure we need a car, we have always had one. For the past 7 years we have lived out of England in countries where public transport is either unreliable or unusable (for a woman in Oman it is virtually unthinkable) or dangerous (Thailand). We are a family of three who would probably need to buy a used car - we've never had a new one in 20 years of marriage. We have a six year old daughter so safety is a concern.
Hope this narrows it down a bit and once again, thanks for all the replies.
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