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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Thu Jun 09, 2022 8:57 am

My daughter is looking for her first car.

She desperately wants a Holden Cruze hatch. I have read the reviews and the Aus built hatch isn't bad. Looking around the 7k mark.

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts/reviews on them as a second hand car.

Other options we're looking at, Corolla hatch, Lancer sedan or hatch, Mazda3 hatch.

I stress, we're not going to buy a car now as she's 15y 5m, but we want to narrow the field by weeding some of these options out.
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Re: Cars

Postby Booney » Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:17 am

gadj1976 wrote:My daughter is looking for her first car.

She desperately wants a Holden Cruze hatch. I have read the reviews and the Aus built hatch isn't bad. Looking around the 7k mark.

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts/reviews on them as a second hand car.

Other options we're looking at, Corolla hatch, Lancer sedan or hatch, Mazda3 hatch.

I stress, we're not going to buy a car now as she's 15y 5m, but we want to narrow the field by weeding some of these options out.


Without looking at exact models / k's / condition I'd lean towards the Corolla or Mazda 3, but given you're spending $7k you'll get something pretty decent in any of those models. The Lancer would be the last of those 4 I'd look at.
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Re: Cars

Postby HH3 » Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:04 am

Check out the ReDriven youtube channel.

He does a review on a second hand Cruze. From memory, not great.

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Re: Cars

Postby MW » Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:14 am

Booney wrote:
gadj1976 wrote:My daughter is looking for her first car.

She desperately wants a Holden Cruze hatch. I have read the reviews and the Aus built hatch isn't bad. Looking around the 7k mark.

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts/reviews on them as a second hand car.

Other options we're looking at, Corolla hatch, Lancer sedan or hatch, Mazda3 hatch.

I stress, we're not going to buy a car now as she's 15y 5m, but we want to narrow the field by weeding some of these options out.


Without looking at exact models / k's / condition I'd lean towards the Corolla or Mazda 3, but given you're spending $7k you'll get something pretty decent in any of those models. The Lancer would be the last of those 4 I'd look at.


you havent shopped for a 2nd hand car lately have you...
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Re: Cars

Postby Booney » Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:26 am

haha...I know it's gone nuts but you're right, I haven't.
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:30 pm

HH3 wrote:Check out the ReDriven youtube channel.

He does a review on a second hand Cruze. From memory, not great.

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Thanks mate, I hadn't heard of ReDriven before. I watched the video. Their comment "nup, no, nada, don't". The mechanic "They're sh*t" was his first sentence. Hmm.

Thanks, end of story! We'll look at something else.

Edit: I've just watched the ReDriven reviews on the Mazda3 and I've added in the i30 as they look the best of the options remaining.
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Fri Jun 10, 2022 7:43 pm

Booney wrote:
gadj1976 wrote:My daughter is looking for her first car.

She desperately wants a Holden Cruze hatch. I have read the reviews and the Aus built hatch isn't bad. Looking around the 7k mark.

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts/reviews on them as a second hand car.

Other options we're looking at, Corolla hatch, Lancer sedan or hatch, Mazda3 hatch.

I stress, we're not going to buy a car now as she's 15y 5m, but we want to narrow the field by weeding some of these options out.


Without looking at exact models / k's / condition I'd lean towards the Corolla or Mazda 3, but given you're spending $7k you'll get something pretty decent in any of those models. The Lancer would be the last of those 4 I'd look at.


$7k for a first car and it's only JUST decent. Hmm....
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Re: Cars

Postby Brodlach » Fri Jun 10, 2022 8:18 pm

Saw a 2012 Mazda 2 advertised for $13k today :shock:
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Fri Jun 10, 2022 11:49 pm

Brodlach wrote:Saw a 2012 Mazda 2 advertised for $13k today :shock:


That's Covid cheap!

Hopefully the prices will come down soon.
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Re: Cars

Postby Armchair expert » Fri Jun 10, 2022 11:57 pm

Brodlach wrote:Saw a 2012 Mazda 2 advertised for $13k today :shock:


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Re: Cars

Postby HH3 » Sun Sep 04, 2022 10:38 pm

Picked up a 2022 Ford Wildtrak about 4 weeks ago.

Going from the 2020 version to this feels like jumping 10 years in tech.

Yet to take it offroad, but if I took the 2020 on a few fully offroad trips, and if its anything like that one, itll do anything I want it to do.

Now just looking for a cheap 4x4 that I can tinker with and chuck a shitload of Kings stuff on so I can do some dodgy offroading without worrying about rolling the bastard.

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Re: Cars

Postby Corona Man » Thu Jan 12, 2023 10:47 am

Was gazing out the window at my workplace, and running my eye's over the cars in our carpark.

Of the 50 or so cars I can see, only 1 is a Holden. You would not have said that 10-15 years ago. We just don't make them here anymore.

At a rough estimate I think I can see Toyota with the largest representation in our car park, followed by Hyundai. Then Nissan, Mazda on the next line.

An interesting sample of the car market share.
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Re: Cars

Postby Booney » Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:10 pm

How many of them are SUV / truck / people movers?

The abundance of large cars on the road astounds me with the way the modern world is, emissions, fuel costs etc.

They are a status symbol for the vast majority of their owners, most 4WD/truck owners wouldn't have been on dirt/sand other than a day at Silver Sands with their pompous arse dog shitting gourmet food all over the joint.
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Re: Cars

Postby MW » Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:38 pm

Booney wrote:How many of them are SUV / truck / people movers?

The abundance of large cars on the road astounds me with the way the modern world is, emissions, fuel costs etc.

They are a status symbol for the vast majority of their owners, most 4WD/truck owners wouldn't have been on dirt/sand other than a day at Silver Sands with their pompous arse dog shitting gourmet food all over the joint.


I'll never understand why families who don't need an SUV sized car actually buy one. It's a pain in the arse on fuel, parking, etc.
I can't wait until we can down size that bitch.
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Re: Cars

Postby Armchair expert » Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:03 pm

Booney wrote:How many of them are SUV / truck / people movers?

The abundance of large cars on the road astounds me with the way the modern world is, emissions, fuel costs etc.

They are a status symbol for the vast majority of their owners, most 4WD/truck owners wouldn't have been on dirt/sand other than a day at Silver Sands with their pompous arse dog shitting gourmet food all over the joint.



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Re: Cars

Postby amber_fluid » Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:06 pm

Armchair expert wrote:
Booney wrote:How many of them are SUV / truck / people movers?

The abundance of large cars on the road astounds me with the way the modern world is, emissions, fuel costs etc.

They are a status symbol for the vast majority of their owners, most 4WD/truck owners wouldn't have been on dirt/sand other than a day at Silver Sands with their pompous arse dog shitting gourmet food all over the joint.



First people to whinge about fuel prices


Well diesel is a lot more expensive than petrol when it shouldn’t be.
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Re: Cars

Postby MW » Thu Jan 12, 2023 3:36 pm

My daughter has a diesel i30...gets 1100km to the tank.
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Fri Jan 13, 2023 8:17 am

We ended up going with a Mazda3 SP23 auto hatch. It's done a lot of kms but is mechanically very sound.
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