S2000 could possibly be a dependable and attention-grabbing different to a Porsche Boxster
At simply 13 years outdated, this Honda S2000 is a tidy future basic with a lot extra B-road blasts left in it
Honda S2000 2.Zero i-VTEC GT, £8995: As a basic in ready, a Honda S2000 makes an amazing purchase. Hassle is, there are many tatty examples on the market.
Not so this 2006/06-reg GT with detachable hard-top. It has performed 91,000 miles – nothing for an engine with a carbonfibre-lined block and cast pistons – and has full Honda service historical past, supported by tons of invoices.
Being a 2006 automotive, it advantages from the so-called AP1 facelift of 2004. This introduced stiffer physique bracing, retuned springs and anti-roll bars, fractionally slower steering and bigger wheels (from 16in to 17in). In the meantime, the gearbox gained a lot stronger carbonfibre synchros rather than the softer brass ones.
The inside of this one seems a little bit shabby. (The motive force’s seat leather-based seems to be badly creased.) We will’t touch upon the carpet however it’s identified to get a little bit damp in S2000s from water getting in through drained seals between the hood and windscreen.
If we have been to take it additional, we’d pop the bonnet and have a hear. If the engine is ticking from chilly, we’ll be considering sticky hydraulic pins, which will be cured by blipping the throttle or letting the engine heat up. If it’s rattling when scorching, it’s prone to be the timing chain tensioner.
Concerning the transmission, it’s prone to have had a brand new clutch (the paperwork ought to verify this) as a result of they'll let go at 50,000 miles. Given the complete Honda historical past, the suspension bolts and fixings ought to be nicely greased. If not, they'll seize, which means the geometry can’t be arrange correctly, resulting in irregular tyre put on and woolly dealing with. Rust? The underside can endure however we’d additionally test the rear wheel arches.
Alfa Romeo 4C, £36,980: Alfa could also be reconsidering the 4C’s future within the wake of poor gross sales and kind approval challenges however it’s a stunning factor with the flexibility to make you grin like a Cheshire cat. This one’s a 2016 one-owner automotive with 9000 miles and full Alfa service historical past.
Audi A2 1.four TDI SE, £1004: Audi thought its A2 so dependable that it made opening the bonnet a problem worthy of Mensa. (On-line guides present you ways.) Anyway, this 2005 mannequin with full service historical past seems a peach. It has performed 164,000 miles, although, so we’d give the turbo a well being test.
Land Rover Defender 90 Bowler, £39,999: Autocar’s evaluation of the Bowler Bulldog V8 SC whet our urge for food for one more of its creations. This one’s engine is the usual 2.2 diesel however in any other case it’s had the complete Bowler works: race seats, gearshift, suspension, exhaust and brake equipment.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class three.Zero CDI Property, £6000: We should cease taking a look at high-milers. This one’s 290ok miles: ought to be nothing to an E-Class, besides latest report by guarantee agency MotorEasy claimed diesels are much less dependable and dearer to repair than petrols. On second ideas, you've got it.
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BMW 840Ci Auto: You needed to be there, when the eight Collection got here out in 1989. It seemed like nothing else, actually nothing else in BMW’s line-up. It got here first with a 296bhp 5.Zero-litre V12 and was known as the 850i. In 1993, the BMW Motorsport-developed 850CSi arrived with a 375bhp 5.6. At the moment, this model instructions the best costs.
Not so the 840Ci of the identical yr. It was powered by a 282bhp four.Zero-litre V8. Cheaper and fewer thirsty, it ought to have flourished within the mid-1990s recession however tales of worn Nikasil liners dogged it. This tidy and well-maintained 1996 N-reg instance made £6784.
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Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Multijet Longitude Plus 4x4 auto, worth new - £35,750, worth now - £25,451: Jeep UK can’t say precisely when the facelifted Cherokee will arrive this yr however sellers are already knocking chunks off the costs of present new ones in anticipation – reminiscent of £10,299 off this one. After all, the dated and uncompetitive Chezza wants this sort of serving to hand and you'll ensure that if a hand can chew, it'll achieve this at resale time. Nonetheless, this huge saving makes the Cherokee moderately enticing, particularly given Longitude Plus’s beneficiant spec.
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Temporary: Discover me a automotive that’s stress-free on the motorway and enjoyable on the twisties for £10,000.
Jaguar XF four.2 V8 Premium Luxurious, £8500: If you'd like one thing that’ll ease the monotony of the motorway but nonetheless entertain you on the twisties, you really want a Jag – particularly an XF with a four.2 V8. That means, you may blitz nearly something within the outdoors lane whereas cocooned in a sea of leather-lined luxurious within the consolation of the XF’s fabulous inside. Then, once you slink off to deal with some B-roads, merely stick the gearbox into Sport mode and benefit from the bark of that keen V8 and revel within the high quality rear-wheel-drive dealing with for which this Jaguar is legendary. Max Adams
Volkswagen Golf GTI, £9995: Okay, so that you need one thing that’ll cruise serenely down a motorway all day in consolation, one thing that’s straightforward on the pocket and pleasing to the attention, however then you definately additionally need one thing that’ll remodel on the first signal of a nook right into a humdinger of a sports activities automotive? Enter the long-lasting Golf GTI. Right here’s a 2010 Mk6 mannequin with a low mileage and in good nick. Massive alloys. 5 doorways. DSG. There’s a purpose it’s so extremely regarded, because it’s essentially the most full all-rounder on the earth. In actual fact, it’s in all probability the perfect automotive on the earth. Most likely. Mark Pearson
Verdict: A Mk6 GTI… Not so positive about that, however the XF jogs my memory that Jaguar is aware of precisely the best way to mix tempo with grace in a single fascinating package deal.
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