Looking at new cars in France

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by DominicBest » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:08 pm

alittlebitmorefrench wrote:
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The first car we bought brand new in France was a Renault Scenic.

Well...I would actually buy a 1990's 205 1.9 GTI tomorrow if I found a good one. Or a Renault 5 Gordini 8-)

You are only a little bit wrong this time, the 1.6GTi was much better than the 1.9.

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by alittlebitmorefrench » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:27 pm

DominicBest wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:08 pm
alittlebitmorefrench wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:46 pm
The first car we bought brand new in France was a Renault Scenic.

Well...I would actually buy a 1990's 205 1.9 GTI tomorrow if I found a good one. Or a Renault 5 Gordini 8-)

You are only a little bit wrong this time, the 1.6GTi was much better than the 1.9.
Our 65 + year old self employed mechanic that maintains my Saab drives a Peugeot 1.6 Gti.

I dare say you are correct.

That said, I have had two Golf Gti MK2's...I still think they are the best.

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by Tom » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:02 pm

small petrols are as economical on short runs and cheaper to service.
:good: And they warm up much more quickly.
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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by DominicBest » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:05 pm

alittlebitmorefrench wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:27 pm
DominicBest wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:08 pm
alittlebitmorefrench wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:46 pm
The first car we bought brand new in France was a Renault Scenic.

Well...I would actually buy a 1990's 205 1.9 GTI tomorrow if I found a good one. Or a Renault 5 Gordini 8-)

You are only a little bit wrong this time, the 1.6GTi was much better than the 1.9.
Our 65 + year old self employed mechanic that maintains my Saab drives a Peugeot 1.6 Gti.

I dare say you are correct.

That said, I have had two Golf Gti MK2's...I still think they are the best.
The 1.9 engine wasn’t as eager as the 1.6 and the smaller engine really suited the nature of the car. The 1.6GTi really was something special. My Golf GTI is more schizophrenic, it can be driven like the Peugeot but it also has a calm option, the Peugeot just wanted to be driven fast all of the time.

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by Le Démerdeur » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:14 pm

It was true of the MK1 golf GTi 1.6 vs the 1.8 MK2, also the MX5 MK1 1.6 vs the MK1.5/MK2 1.8.

Whenever something new and impressive comes along the successive generations become bigger, heavier, flabbier and overgeared.

I had a MK1 Scirocco GLi, cheaper and stolen less than the Golf GTi, superb car, tried a MK2 and walked away, it bore no comparison.

I now have an identical MK2 Octavia to my MK1, it has some redeeming features but has lost all the chassis dynamics and driver feedback, i am older now so just accept it but dont ever want to own or drive anything newer.

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by chrisell » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:30 pm

The Dacia's are what they are - for the budget they're good. They're not a "drivers" car - but the 4*4 potters along - can make it up a 2km hill with a foot of snow(it makes it down as well but that's a shed load more scary)all on normal road tyres and you can fit enough sh*t in the back. For the cash accept its not the poshest thing inside - the seats are comfy - the rides fine - stereo works and at the price you don't stress about driving it through fields or along crap tracks - if cheap plastic dash bothers you then maybe not - but as a basic car I'm happy with mine. Wish it was a hire car just so I could find out what it can really do off road.
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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by mysty » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:09 pm

Thank you for all the great advice on this thread, it helped me pick the right car which arrives next month and does not run on ethanol.
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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by FrenchForumSurvivor » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:46 pm

mysty wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Thank you for all the great advice on this thread, it helped me pick the right car which arrives next month and does not run on ethanol.
So what's it to be, then?
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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by alittlebitmorefrench » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:49 pm

They are buying a convertible Skoda. :lol:

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Re: Looking at new cars in France

Post by mysty » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:55 pm

FrenchForumSurvivor wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:46 pm
mysty wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Thank you for all the great advice on this thread, it helped me pick the right car which arrives next month and does not run on ethanol.
So what's it to be, then?
Arrives next month you will find out soon.
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