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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lisse View Post
    I test drove one... and then I cursed myself for being too poor. Although, if you are a bit on the fatter side, you won't find joy with the seating.
    So you liked it obviously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    So you liked it obviously?
    Its brilliant. Little to no lag and then it runs like a demon. The DSG is not as jerky as t is on the Clio and that 7th gear helps push down fuel consumption when you behave. Which you won't very often. And the trick steering in the back is fantastic, once you get used to it. Handles the twisty bits very nicely.

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    Sounds great. It's quite probably that's my next car
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    Sounds great. It's quite probably that's my next car
    My one gripe is the front seats. Tight, body hugging race seats.i personally don't like them too much. Severely affect rear legroom.

    But then I'd never really sit in the back so I don't care.

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    I'll have to force them to be wider

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    Johan I came to visit you a few Saturday's ago, forgetting that you were closed. But driving through sea point I did pity you having to park a Jeep everyday.

    For R180k you can get a 500 Twin Air out of the box with a warranty. Try to get the 60th anniversary edition. It'll be worth more when you flog it.
    Not just a warranty, I understand they come standard with a full maintenance plan.

    And I'm seeing real world fuel consumption reports of 5L/100km, so clearly that little Twin Air motor is very economical

    145Nm at 1900rpm will also make for a very good drive in traffic

    Throw in the 7 airbags and ESP, and I'm practically sold.

    Bloody impressive little car, I must say

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    I'm not really that bothered about maintenance plans when it's only got 2 spark plugs . As a matter of interest that engine has the Cape to London record.

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    I just read the CAR magazine test of the Twin Air Pop.
    They reckon the VW UP! is a better choice but that takes almost 17 seconds to get to 100. Agility is key in traffic.

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    It's a pity the Renault Kwid is so horribly unsafe, because size wise it's spot on for what I'm looking for. Good ground clearance too

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    If you're buying cash go for it. If you are financing, I think the r4k repayment makes up a good chunk of the Jeep's fuel bill
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    VW Up

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    You know it keeps rearing its head in every department it fits your bill, they even do a ultra quick turbo version .

    Fiat 500
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    Take a good look at the Suzuki Ignis. The 1.2 GLX MT comes in at R189k, the AMT at R205k. The AMT is apparently lighter on fuel than the MT. I love the AMT. That gearbox takes about a day to get used to, and then it's brilliant. Just don't be in a hurry. Suzuki has fudged their launch, and we're seriously struggling to get stock. They promise it will all be sorted within a month. It's a well-specced little car, though. And it's really a nice place to be in traffic.

    But we have Suzuki, Renault and Fiat dealerships in our group, so I'm also torn between the Clio, Ignis and Fiat 500. All 3 are good options for the price bracket you're in.

    We have a Clio RS Trophy on the floor. The one with full Akrapovic exhaust system. Just a little over budget at R420k, but wow. That thing is a beast. 162kW and 250Nm with overboost to 280Nm. From a 1600. Launch control. Adjustable mapping in RS mode. Renault's F1 tech definitely shows in that thing. And the new Megan's RS is also almost here.

    But I digress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oppies3800 View Post
    If you're buying cash go for it. If you are financing, I think the r4k repayment makes up a good chunk of the Jeep's fuel bill
    Yeah, I fell for that line too. My wife convinced me that instead of paying a monthly payment on her Jetta, she would rather spend the money putting fuel into the 5.7 Commander. But it's not just fuel bills, is it? Services, tyres, brakes, having a big "Jeep Girl" sticker on the back of my damn Jeep all add up.

    And then I had to fill the hole in my heart with a JK for myself. Selling that Jetta was the single most expensive "cost savings" exercise if my life. But she's worth it.
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    Johan, you possess the power of the dark side don't you.

    Again another thread where you post the most obvious choice, that fits all your criteria to a t, in your OP. Then have the community ramble on for pages, only to buy what you originally posted.

    Good work man
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    My vote goes for the Fiesta diesel. Not sure how long it is though. Ours is 4 years old, and avg consumption over that period is 4.8l/100km. Mostly city/traffic/short distances.
    It does long distances beautifully, and I am sure it fits the rest of your requirements as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    Funny how the French cars have better warranties than the Jap cars.

    Nobody makes small cars like the Italians & the French. Everything else is a copy of what they do.
    I was in France two weeks ago and spoke to some taxi drivers. They were unanimous that you don't buy French cars!
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    As mentioned, check out the Suzuki Ignis as well. Fits the budget and a nice looking little car. Gravel roads are no issue etc
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    Just get an old Citi golf & slap a sticker on "I also own a Jeep"...
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    If you are considering the Fiat 500 you can obviously also look at its stepsister Jeep Renegade and keep things in the Jeep Family. Might be a bit more "manly" than the 500?

    Or maybe a slightly older Mini which should be OK on the acceleration front?

    By the way why don't you like the VW UP? I really like the Cross UP and think it should make a brilliant city car.

    CATS
    PS - I think you already have your mind set on the 500 but lets kick around some ideas.

    EDIT - OOPS just read properly now that you are looking at 500 and not 500X. plus your 3.5 length requirement. So scrap the Renegade due to length. Mini will also be tight at just under 4m. Why oh why did you mention space for 4 people and some stuff and then digress to Fiat 500? I dont see that part fit together?
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