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Old 20 March 2017, 09:22 PM   #31
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Get the best, lowest-mileage Toyota or Honda your budget will stretch to, and have the satisfaction of saving money on fuel and bills for stuff going wrong now, plus the added bonus of being able to hand the car to your kids to learn to drive in 10/15 years from now when it's still working perfectly
If you are considering this route, there are a couple of points to consider around honda diesels. my 2.2 accord has recently cracked its exhaust manifold, 500 - 600 to replace this using a good independant garage. The VSA unit has given up recently, that is around 300 for a reconditioned part, plus fitting costs - both are common failures on the accord. The 2.2 diesel is fussy on its oil staying with 0-30 is espensive, about 70 for the required amount of oil for a service, which needs done every 10K.

For fuel economy, I see around 600 miles on a full tank of fuel - 40mpg, not an interesting car in any way, I used to tell people my favourite part was the drivers door release, as it lets me out of it, comfortable, well specced in EX trim and reliable if maintained, but I dont think it will be cheap enough to do your job well.
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Old 21 March 2017, 01:13 PM   #32
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Thanks again to all for the advice, it is appreciated. You have given me lots to think about! I'm now half toying with the idea of keeping the WRX and continuing to use it as my daily and possibly getting a hair dressers car for weekend and nice weather fun (S2000/MX5/TT). Call me crazy, but you only live once and you can't take it with you so you might as well enjoy yourself while you can.
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Thanks again to all for the advice, it is appreciated. You have given me lots to think about! I'm now half toying with the idea of keeping the WRX and continuing to use it as my daily and possibly getting a hair dressers car for weekend and nice weather fun (S2000/MX5/TT). Call me crazy, but you only live once and you can't take it with you so you might as well enjoy yourself while you can.
Well in that case, sell the wrx and buy something more refined and luxury for daily lol.
Or do you prefer the little boost of wrx, a nice remap should make mpg decent on wrx for daily if you're gentle on throttle lol, (sorry if already mapped).
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Old 21 March 2017, 04:13 PM   #34
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That's the trouble, I love the sound and looks of the Impreza, I think I would miss it too much! Yeah car already has a few mods and has been remapped to 290bhp
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So then decision made then.
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