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  • Summary

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What does this car say about you?

    You like good looks, driving fun but have a sensible side

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    The comments have all been really positive and included words such as 'professional' 'sporty' 'spacious'

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Yes I would, it is reliable, good to drive, cheap to ensure, good value to service and relaxing to drive

    What are you likely to buy next?

    New Mazda 6 (08), New mitsuibishi Outlander

  • Buying experience

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    November 2006

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Yes I spent a good 3 days looking at prices and whilst I had to travel 200 miles to get it the price was excellent.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    I wanted a car with a quality feel interior, good mpg, and would be reliable.

    What was the dealer like?

    The dealer was excellent, no problems with p/x, car prepared immaculately apart from a small stone chip in windscreen.

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Driving is a joy, when i just want to sit back and relax it eats up the miles, when i fancy a bit of fun or want to pass on an A road its handling is really good fun and feels like it is on rails round the corners it does need dropping a gear now and again as I have the diesel, the upside is i can travel round town in 2nd/3rd gear without having to change gear all the time.

    What's it like to park?

    Parking is fine although the boot is a little high which can be tricky if there is no point of reference behind you.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Nothing has gone wrong so far, has just had its third service at which the dealer remarked they did not find a single problem on the car

    What's most practical about your car?

    I have seen over 51mpg on average for the last year, i do a mixture of driving on motorways, A roads and town. People bemoan the lack of boot space in sallons compared to the hatchbacks but I have not found this a problem at all.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    The radio is very good at changing the volume automatically depending upon speed and noise.