James Ruppert: probably the most dependable used vehicles

MG GS: nonetheless a bit too new for depreciation to have bitten arduous
Which automotive subsequent after 130,000 miles with a dependable Honda CR-V?

One other week, one other query from a reader that results in the virtually inevitable SUV reply. 

Properly, I used to be coping with somebody who had been very completely satisfied for the previous seven years on account of the truth that his 2005 Honda CR-V Sport, a diesel, had achieved 130,000 very environment friendly and trouble-free miles. He may have stored it going however felt like having a substitute. There was £9000 to spend and the largest query mark was, as he put it: “We don’t know what to do concerning the diesel or petrol dilemma.”

Primarily, the primary necessities have been a excessive driving place, respectable floor clearance, automated gearbox, snug seats, air con and good load-carrying capability. There was a canine concerned and, should you puzzled, it was a big Airedale terrier. Definitely, this makes him an excellent SUV candidate, not least as a result of he lives the place nation roads are at their potholed poorest.

On prime of that, as an enthusiastic boat proprietor, he’s at all times shifting stuff to the coast through the motorway community. In all probability probably the most attention-grabbing truth is that the final automotive he really cherished was an MG ZT-T. What he craved, although, have been Honda and Toyota ranges of reliability.

I really like the thought of a ZT-T, too, and it will be nice to stay one on prime of a Defender chassis. Nice off highway, horrendous on the motorway. What about a kind of MG GS SUV issues? I’ve seen them up shut in automotive showrooms and so they appear okay. Depreciation has probably not kicked in but so they don't seem to be under £9000. Nevertheless, I did see one with 3000 miles, a 2017 1.5 TGI Discover, at £10,300. It was at a seller as effectively. The subsequent nearest was £1000 extra.

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I’ve gone early there by coming down firmly on the aspect of petrol energy. Except there are huge mileages, or the diesel is basically low-cost, there stays an excessive amount of uncertainty to lumber a personal purchaser with the fallacious kind of gas simply now.

The closest we've to a British-built MG is a Nissan Qashqai. They appear to manage very effectively with the indigenous potholes. A 2010 2.zero CVT automated in N-Tec spec with 55,000 miles is £6500, which appears likea cheap purchase. Pet-free up till now as effectively. Bother is, the Qashqai is a tad vanilla, so for a splash of ZT-T pizzazz, possibly he ought to go for a tougher Nissan Juke.

I'm nonetheless out to save cash so a 2012 1.6 Acenta Premium Xtronic Juke with 60,000 miles ought to match the CR-V gap in his life. The canine may really feel a bit claustrophobic within the again. That’s why you possibly can suggest something, however the proof of the SUV pudding is the precise take a look at drive. Similar time, similar place, subsequent week.

What we virtually purchased this week: 

TOYOTA MR2: With winter approaching, it’s time to purchase an affordable soft-top such because the Mk3 MR2. The one which caught our eye is a 2001-reg with 95,000 miles for £2475. It has a service historical past, and hard-and soft-tops. The gearbox has solely 5 speeds nevertheless it’s a troublesome unit. Verify the rear subframe for rust, but when the pre-cat is rattling, stroll.

Tales from Ruppert’s storage: 

Porsche Cayenne, mileage 99,138: The Flying Pig had an MOT take a look at developing and the dashboard stored saying that it needed a service fairly quickly. I made a decision to get a specialist with all the correct diagnostic gear to inform me the very worst and do a correct service, relatively than the cursory look below the bonnet that handed for the pre-sale ‘service’. The closest to me is STR in Norwich, who do all the luxurious tractors spherical right here.

Anyway, the excellent news is that it now has a full MOT. I might want to type some new tyres. For the second, although, I'm having a lie down and coming to phrases with the four-figure invoice.

Reader’s trip: 

BMW 525i Touring: Ian Leech has been a daily in these pages with Mercedes and BMWs. He is aware of his vehicles and methods to get a discount. Let’s see what he has been as much as.

“Properly, my Mercedes CLK racked up 172ok miles, is nice when it comes to the engine however has an inventory of advisories so long as my arm and non-working (costly) air-con failure and a few porous alloys. Therefore a brand new motor. It's an ‘E61’ 525i. It’s carried out 129ok miles, has 13 stamps within the e book and is in nice situation. Price £2990 from a seller. That included a full MOT and 4 new tyres.”

Readers’ questions: 

Q. Are you able to recommend an affordable EU6 diesel to get me into London from subsequent April when the ULEZ begins? Nathaniel Davies, Hemel Hempstead

A. It must be a Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi. A 2015/64-reg instance with about 25,000 miles prices round £6000, or £100 monthly on a PCP. That’s top-spec Laureate, by the best way. No have to slum it, fairly. JE

Q. My automotive was stolen by thieves who piggy-backed the sign from my key. When is safety going to enhance? Elliott Peters, Birmingham

A. From subsequent yr, insurance coverage physique Thatcham Analysis is stiffening its safety take a look at and scores to encourage higher OBD and wi-fi theft safety, and publishing its outcomes. It’s a begin. JE

Q. After a lifetime spent driving handbook vehicles, I’m able to make the leap and purchase an automated. Who makes probably the most dependable? Abigail Shaw, Chester

A. In response to Motor Guarantee Direct, a breakdown guarantee supplier, probably the most dependable are the least stunning: Lexus, Honda, Mazda and Toyota. Nevertheless, additionally rating excessive are Aston Martin and Good. Skoda’s there, too. Least dependable? Renault, then Fiat. JE

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