I’ve been having a few car problems recently: In early December last year, one of the fuel injectors went. This wasn’t a hugely expensive operation to fix, but it still cost money which could have been used elsewhere! Yesterday, I got into the car and tried to start it. It stalled straight away, so I tried again – and nothing happened. The car turns over, but it’s making a strange sound. I don’t know whether it’s the starter motor or something like that, but either way I’m wondering whether it’s worth hanging onto the car much longer.
The problem is, it’s eight years old now. It’s been quite reliable up until this point, but it’s at the age now where things start going wrong and I don’t know whether it’s worth keeping around given that we only drive the car two or three times a week.
So anyway, I’ve been thinking about getting a new car. My selection criteria would be:
- Reliable, i.e. doesn’t keep going wrong
- Midrange size (my current car – a Hyundai Lantra 1.6 GSI – is a little big)…
- … but still safe enough on motorways (i.e., not a Metro!)
- … but still a bit fun to drive!
- Finally, and probably most importantly, it can’t be too expensive (we’re talking second-hand here)!
On the basis of that, my initial thoughts were along the lines of:
- VW Golf
- Ford Focus
- Honda Civic
Interestingly, one of the houses I walk past on the way to work has a Honda Civic Type R for sale, I’ve just noticed it the past week or two.
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions or comments then please leave a comment below or drop me a line!