Best Boating Car for UK?

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Best Boating Car for UK?

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Ok so,

I get to hand my car back to the finance company in a couple of months which leaves me thinking.... what vehicle should I buy?

The moron - wants a yank tank
The playboy - wants a pick-up
The homless - wants a T4
The gruff man - wants a nissan patrol
The boring bloke - wants an estate
The skint savage - wants to pay £500 and run it for a year

So far I'm being very boring and thinking about getting a Honda Accord Estate...good MPG, comfortable for European trips, enough room to kip in the back, the world's most reliable car and enough space, sportyness and cheapness to feed the moron, playboy, homeless and skint savage in me....I'll hold off washing it and keep the kayak on the roof 24/7 for the gruff man look ;o)

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Ford Mondeo.

Before you - laugh the ST Diesel. Economical, looks great (especially in electric blue) sporty, economical, HUGE (can take three playboats and two people plus kit inside) and a really good drive. Cheaper insurance than a Honda too.

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Seat Toledo-has to be man! Our old one was turbo cool and we could fit all out playboats, paddles, boating gear, camping gear and everything else you need in the back with a shabba load of creek boats on the roof-goes pretty fast as well so is good for N.E.Ding about in and proves usefull for the odd drive by.
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Having said that-if you're not in a hurry to get anywhere my escort does fine and I can get almost 500 miles(slowly) for £41-not bad really!

Are you just putting this thread up Ryan so you can prove to Ellie that cheap cars exist;-p?
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T4 all the way! Get an ex aa and you even get flashing lights.....

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Nah man T4 is too thirsty and from memory it sucked to drive to Francé....cool though!

Mondeo does indeed rock, it's the sporty 6 speed Zetec-S 37-65mpg I'm handing back, but I feel like a change...

Chris Ellie wants me to get a pink VW Bettle or a Nissan Figaro...bloody woman, she's destroying me life.

And why is it everytime I see Ted he has wood? hahaha
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A4 gets my vote. (or an A6 if you can afford it).

You know how reliable mine is. Had 3 mountain bikes and 3 people in it comfortably today. Can get a play boat in back. Had ammo in before. I get 550+ miles to a 50quid tank and i dont exactly drive economically. They wont breakdown. 210000 miles and im still going. (can anyone beat that??)

German all the way.

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Mazda or Toyota, those are the 2 cars that recently an AA guy told me he has had the least call outs to EVER, the Toyota topped that 2, Honda with good fuel consumption..... i always found them a bit thirsty but reliable.
I would go for a 2nd hand Mazda 626 estate if you can get one.

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Ryan,

I pick my new wagon up next week, your more than welcome to have a ride
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Diesel estate.
Whatever.
They're all the same.
Believe it or not, I used to be interested in cars until our lives became controlled by Gatsos.

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Or if you are feeling flush

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Get yourself a Subaru, run for ever, and depending on what model you get (estate verson of the Imprezza, or legacy), you can get the size right for you. Plus has superb handling, and is permant all wheel drive, you know it makes sense!
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ianletton wrote:A4 gets my vote. (or an A6 if you can afford it).

You know how reliable mine is. Had 3 mountain bikes and 3 people in it comfortably today. Can get a play boat in back. Had ammo in before. I get 550+ miles to a 50quid tank and i dont exactly drive economically. They wont breakdown. 210000 miles and im still going. (can anyone beat that??)

German all the way.

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Thinks to look for on any car:
-what the roof load is (mine is 100kg, so can take 3x open canoes or upto 5 kayaks)
-how wide the roof is (will 2 river boats fit on it flat?)
-will boats fit inside easily (do the seats fold easily, both rear and front; I can get a Remix 79 or Jefe Grande in with the front seat folded, or a Hoss in with the back seats down... or my GF's mountain bike ACROSS the boot)
-does it have an easy to maintain interior (leather seats are quite forgiving)
-air con (is it fitted, and does it work? Makes Alps trips more comfortable and dehumidifies the car better in the winter)
-what's the fuel economy/VED/Insurance costs like (Mine is a petrol that still can do 34mph on the autoroute, is £185pa VED and isn't too bad on insurance)
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Ryan P wrote:Chris Ellie wants me to get a pink VW Bettle or a Nissan Figaro...bloody woman, she's destroying me life.
You've only got yourself to blame-it's what happens whe you by a girl a puppy ya big pansy!
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I drive a 1.4 astra hatchback, with roof bars and 3 boats and people on in it/on it i get around 40 mpg, if you get a bigger engine im sure it would be more.

the estates do similar and are alot bigger

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Passat estate. Can get my burn in it no problem,will do about 800 miles on a full tank of diesel, and still manages 55mpg motorway cruising at 85.

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cockroach wrote: Believe it or not, I used to be interested in cars until our lives became controlled by Gatsos.
Believe it or not Gatsos (speed cameras) can take your license off you if you visit Aviemore but not if you visit Fort Bill...weird huh; boat west!

Subaru's got second most reliable next to the Honda and Mazda were also good.

Will have a wee look at them as they might be even more economical...hmmmm
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Before I had my T4 (still the best thing by far...) I had a caravelle (called rustybus), it had 360,000 miles on the clock before it started going wrong - I've heard some are still going at 500,00 (check out the vw t4 forum)!
I get about 35 - 40 mpg from my 2,5 tdi T4, not the most economical but not bad...

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Astra van
1.6 on LPG
Only down side it only has two seats


Mine took me to Slovenia 2500 miles last summer £250 round trip in fuel good motorway speeds drives like a car but with out the stigma of being an estate ?
and line it, throw a mattress in it, You can sleep in it while you co driver drives through Europe not that Id do any thing against the law like that .


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Despite being a big fan of Audi, I'd not recommend an A4 - too small overall. The A6 is another matter. However, having had to accept that I now have to pay for the things myself, I'm surprised at how versatile the much maligned Mondeo's are - - -

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Focus estate, seriously! I drive an escort, and as someone said already, keeping the speed low makes it fairly cost effective - mines only not very effective because I crashed the thing and it cost a fair whack to get back on the road - the figures on the focus estate are very good on initial viewing, obviously the interior load capacity are a winning factor!
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I like the Nissan Navaro. I'm not rich enough to own one, and won't be for a good few years yet.

Not a clue what there like to insure, I'd imagine there not the cheapest. I have no idea on MPG, I'd imagine there not the cheapest. But there Nissan, so they'll be reliable and build quality will be up there with the Germans.

Practicality is what they seem best for. Whilst being a big vehicle, there like shit of a shuvle (So my Uncle says). There highly practical with the seperate cab and pick up area with a huge load capacity both in the back and on the roof.

There also pritty neat inside and out.

I havn't a clue (personally) how they drive though.

How about something like a 5 seater Renault Trafic van, there a neat and practical vehicle to??

Infact, I'm not sure bigger is better. I have a little Clio 1.2 3dr, had 4 boats, kit and people in many times, done 30k in 13 months and still going strong. Lacks highly on motoways, but is definately a family size car ;-) and the women love it!

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boom wrote:Passat estate. Can get my burn in it no problem,will do about 800 miles on a full tank of diesel, and still manages 55mpg motorway cruising at 85.
My mate Martin Hagan and i have had a long talk about this and VW Passat Hatchbacks have everything for the paddlers needs. Only other thing to take into consideration is perhaps a Van, although they don't do as well on mpg. x

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I know it costs a fortune to run Ryan but deep down you Know you want one
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Or What About One Of These Lazy Boy Paddle Wagons

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Transporter all the way. Prob go for the T5 at this stage though rather than the T4 though.

Mileage is as good as a petrol car. I guess I fit the homeless category considering I spend quite a few nights sleeping in it at random beaches on the west of Ireland hugging my boards or caressing my mountain bikes. But hey ho, you gotta love it!

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Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote:I like the Nissan Navaro. I'm not rich enough to own one, and won't be for a good few years yet.

Not a clue what there like to insure, I'd imagine there not the cheapest. I have no idea on MPG, I'd imagine there not the cheapest. But there Nissan, so they'll be reliable and build quality will be up there with the Germans.

Practicality is what they seem best for. Whilst being a big vehicle, there like shit of a shuvle (So my Uncle says). There highly practical with the seperate cab and pick up area with a huge load capacity both in the back and on the roof.

There also pritty neat inside and out.

I havn't a clue (personally) how they drive though.

Definitely NOT high on my list... had to be retested by NCAP after it scored 1*.... when re-tested managed 3*...
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Nissan Pathfinder

Massive load capacity
4x4 with proper low range box so it goes anywhere in any weather (with the right tyres on)
Enough space to sleep three in the back laying full lengh and the rear windows are blacked out,
Seven seats
Tows 3.5 tons if you want to pull a trailer ,
Fits two river boats inside and can still carry passengers.
Built in roof rack,
Sat nav (won't get lost on the way to the get-in)
37mpg and cruise control make long journeys bearable

oh and the reversing camrea is useful too
Had mine a couple of months now and its awesome

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Toledo's nope, well not Seats anyway. Had one as a curtesy car a few months back, slack. Croyde bay motors let me down, I gave them an altea and was expecting a shiny Leon. So I filled the boot full of sand :-) Went to Biaritz in a Triumpth Toledo once that was entertaining.
Astra Vans, nope too small handle like pigs in mud.
Astra car nope, see above.
Avoid the corsa of death. If its metallic blue step away, if you see one in your rear view, be afraid.
Volvo too small, would not want to be seen dead in one.
A4 Estates the boot is too small, too nice to bung boats inside. There is a Quattro sitting outside and it has just had the engine mapped :-)
Focus estates okay, dont get a petrol focus unless it says RS on the boot.
Escorts (now they have had their day) even the elusive T reg TDi's are about to have major electrical breakdown.
T4's CHAVS the lot of them.
Vivaros WannaBe chavs.
BMW's They aint cool, the rossers have them on the M5.
Subaru's, the STi is a focus and well they are not even rally cars anymore.
Nissan's NO WAY we had a Mote in Norway. We were like the most uncool paddlers in the country.
Greame (Chief Thames weir levels updater) highly recommends Kias but he is on his own in that respect! ;-)
Fiats, the roof racks are going to fall off.
Cayenne Hahahahahahahaha Remember that chap who had one and told us all we were cheapskate numpties Hahahaha
Land rovers utter pap.
Anything that is half hillbilly truck half open back end, Ute, twin cab whatever. Save it for water skiing.
Ambulances, hhhhmmh! Once they have them WaaaaaWaaaas ripped out they are just plain ugeerly.

The New diesel Mondeo is close to the action but for real paddle style make like the Pope and get a Berlingo! :-)

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The best boating car for the UK is quite clearly someone else's.

If I could bank on always getting a lift (I'm not a skinflint, I nearly always drive) then I would buy something decent that would not get dented, scratched, bumped, abused and trashed in general. Until then I will continue to drive something well below what I can afford and revel in all the extra toys I can have with the depreciation I have not incurred.

An extreme version of this is my brother-in-law who has a nice TVR. £44k new, probably lost £30k over 4 years. Just think how many boats that adds up to.... (and nobody does a roof rack for it!)
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A few observations

Nissan Navarra, not as reliable as the reputation would suggest, eat clutches , look at car survey org for reliability reviews.

Just sold a Peugeot 406 2.2HDI estate at 117,000 miles. not a lot went wrong, 40ish mpg, towed my caravan really well, not that cheap to insure / run but a lovely car. The 1.9 HDI's are as cheap as chips now and cheap to run.

Got a Citroen ZX 1.9 Diesel hatchback in the family (Pringles Car), done 174,000 trouble free miles, 50+mpg, no image, no performance, the estates would make an even better paddlers car. A good offer (£400) could tempt me to part with it.

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