Cars Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 3 January

08:25  03 january  2020
08:25  03 january  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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  Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 17 January It doesn't like wet weather, but for an icy £9995, a 2012-reg BMW M135i is a no-brains buySo it’s all looking good, and in case you’ve forgotten, its 3.0-litre straight six produces 315bhp and 332lb ft, enough to launch it from rest to 62mph in 4.6sec. Those rear tyres take a hammering, so the first thing to check is how much tread is left. In the wet, you might wish you were at the wheel of a four-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R. Otherwise, the rear-drive M135i is the car to have.

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Our round-up of hot hatches begins with the facelifted Clio RS of 2009-12. As such, it’s the 200 rather than the earlier 197, so called because it produces 200bhp, rather than 197bhp. Torque stays the same at 159lb ft, although it and peak power come 150rpm sooner. If these tweaks don’t sound much, their effect is enhanced by first, second and third gears being slightly shorter.

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 10 January

  Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 10 January The ideal sports car in a GT body, it's the Porsche Panamera GTSOur find is a 2012/12-reg with just 46,000 miles, and ‘one lady owner’. (Surely, that’s sexist. I mean, are we saying ladies don’t know how to give a car a proper workout?) Anyway, it sounds like a good ’un, especially since it has full Porsche service history and is stacked to the roof with options. It’s £32,950 compared with an original new price of £91,000, so not a bad saving.

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The racier Cup version has 15% stiffer dampers than its predecessor and much stiffer springs than the standard 200. It’s 36kg lighter, too, and has a quicker steering rack. We found a 2010-reg with 62,000 miles and full service history for £4000.

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It threatens to make our featured standard-spec example, also a 2010 but with 85,000 miles, look expensive, but in that car’s favour are its new pads and discs and new handbrake cable. Worryingly, however, it has a new catalytic converter. Did the original fall victim to the tank being filled with the wrong fuel, did unburnt fuel ignite in it or was it submerged in a flood?

The only question surrounding the Cup we found is why its gearbox was reconditioned at 60,000 miles. Some early RS 197s have fragile synchros but the problem was fixed by the time the 200 appeared. Note, too, that the Cup has a firm ride that could become tiresome if you’re surrounded by speed humps.

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 6 December

  Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 6 December If you're searching for a classic prancing horse at a (relatively) knock-down price, the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta F1 could be for youIt’s hard to say why the remaining three failed to sell but the pair that did had been refurbished and were finished in bright colours. Both were also manuals and had low mileage.

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Otherwise, it and the standard car could be worth a nosey. The cambelt needs changing at five years or 72,000 miles (best the water pump is done at the same time). Check the front swivel hub ball joints, too, by turning the wheel from lock to lock, listening for creaking.

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VW Scirocco GTi Mk1, £15,995: This rare 1981-reg Scirocco is a true collectable with only one owner in the log book, 24,000 miles on the clock and a full service history. This rapid GTI version shared its engine with the Golf hatch. Sadly, rust killed off most of them.

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VW Golf 2.0 TFSI GTI 3dr, £5940: There are quicker and sharper hot hatches but is there one as rounded as the Golf GTI Mk5? Our find is a 2005-reg with 60,000 miles. It has full history and a recent new belt and water pump. It’s fitted with four new Michelin Pilot Sports, too.

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Peugeot 309 1.9 GTi, £16,995: For £1k more than the Scirocco, how about this much younger classic hot hatch, the 309 GTi? Many reckoned the 309 was sharper than the 205 GTi thanks to its stiffer body. This one-owner, dry-stored, 1990-reg example has done just 15,000 miles.

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 28 February

  Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 28 February Quirky cars that won't break the bank is the theme for this week's picks. First on the list? A £3000 Audi A2The UK got very few of the economy-busting 1.2-litre diesel versions. Instead, buyers could choose from 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols, and a 1.4-litre diesel in two outputs. Today, it’s the 1.4 petrol and lower-powered 1.4 diesel (they each produce 74bhp) that appear to have weathered best. The direct-injection system in the 1.6 petrol can be troublesome, ditto the dual-mass flywheel in the 89bhp 1.4 diesel. This engine’s turbo suffers carbon build-up, too.

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Our round-up of 4x4s prepared for whatever winter can throw at them kicks off with this leggy Landcruiser. The 2004-reg motor has done 203,000 miles but it comes direct from its first owner and has a full service history. The timing belts were replaced at 119,000 miles (the official interval is 100

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Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8T 20v, £2499: Here’s a 2004 example of the rare Ibiza Cupra 1.8T 20v. Thanks to its turbo 1.8-litre engine that made 177bhp and 181lb ft, it was a better performer than its Polo GTI sister car. More fun, too. This one’s done 89,000 miles and has full history.

Auction watch

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Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi: This 1988 1.9 GTi had done 113,000 miles when it arrived in the ring. The pre-cat car (they’re more desirable than those with the emissions device) had a half-leather interior, a sunroof and a good if not full service history. Recent new parts included a starter motor, an alternator and an exhaust – all three to be expected at this age. With no advisories on the MOT and in what appears to be excellent condition, it’s just surprising it didn’t achieve more than its hammer price of £6995, especially when truly mint ones are making £25,000. Too good to be true?

Future classic

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Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, £6000: Launched in 2002, the GTA’s 3.2-litre 24-valve V6 made 247bhp at 6200rpm and 220lb ft at 4800rpm. The model could sprint from 0-62mph in 6.1sec. Our find is a 2003-reg with 129,000 miles. The GTA has lowered and stiffened suspension and playful handling. Pumped-up wheel arches housing 17in alloys (whoppers in their day) along with sill skirts and air scoops aplenty complete the package. Interesting Alfas like this always have a following. Buy now before the few bargains vanish.

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 February

  Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 February At a shade under 80,000 miles, this Mk2 Ford Focus RS looks a bargain for £15,500. Just be sure to check for hidden wear on the inside of the tyresIt so happens that a colleague has been considering selling his Mk2 Focus ST that he bought 12 months ago. Not a chance. Prices have nosedived and his plan to come out with his shirt on is in tatters.

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Clash of the classifieds

Brief: Find me a ‘green’ car for less than £10,000.

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Lexus GS 450h, £8295

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Honda CR-Z, £8000

Mark Pearson: If you cast your mind back to 2011, you’ll find that my CR-Z was one of the first green cars to actually offer something in the way of fizz, and it still looks great today. This 2013 car is immaculate and comes with only 50k on the clock.

Max Adams: I was just finishing college in 2011. Yes, that CR-Z is a cute thing; but did it catch on? Nope. Meanwhile, Lexus continues to produce its hybrid cars, much like my very green 2008 GS 450h, to this very day. Mine is also mint, plus it has impeccable provenance.

MP: Ah, but mine is fun, reliable and nippy. Stick it in Sport and the instruments glow red, and you’ll also heighten the throttle and steering response. There’s a delightfully low-slung driving position, too, and as for the sweet six-speed gearbox… Oh, and don’t forget 56mpg. I tell you this thing is more fun than a weekend in Paris with Lily James.

MA: Why? Is she an excellent Parisian tour guide? Anyway, mine is by far the fastest because it’ll crack 0-62mph in 5.9sec and go on to 155mph.

MP: Very old, yours. Oh wait, is that a CVT gearbox? They’re very popular, aren’t they?

MA: At least mine can drive on electric power alone.

Buy them before we do: Second-hand picks for 29 November

  Buy them before we do: Second-hand picks for 29 November Honda's CR-Z has plenty of head-turning ability with a nifty look. Cover the usual bases if you want a good oneOf course, this would be forgiven were the CR-Z an economy champ but the fact is that in Autocar’s hands it returned no more than 43mpg. But never mind. What the CR-Z lacks in outright pace and economy it makes up for with engaging handling characterised by strong grip and minimal body roll. Just don’t imagine you can let the whole family experience it: it’s a four-seat coupé but the rear cabin is a real squeeze.

A Mini Cooper S of the so-called R56 generation that ran from 2007 to 2013 makes a great hot hatch buy . Now in its third generation, we find out if the bigger, cleverer and more mature Mini can still entertain like it predecessors did .

Second , the car’s service history is described as “fantastic”. It’s just had a fettle and a cambelt change. There’s lots of paperwork, too, so it may be possible to assemble an invoice trail that shows At least they should make safe buys thanks to service histories born of their uniquely long, new car warranty.

MP: Hmm. John? Beauty or the beast?

Verdict: I'll take the jolly green giant.


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For just £4750 you could be riding high and spraying dirt in a mighty Toyota LandcruiserSo it’s worth a look, along with the other five or so 4x4s that experts say you should also check out. The thing is they know an old ’cruiser can be trouble, but to misty-eyed enthusiasts, the model can do no wrong.

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