Then there is the Peugeot 508, which seems to be overlooked by many, but is a saloon that you should consider in the middle or last part of its depreciation cycle. As we$0027ve been dealing with at the top end of the market, just under £15,000 will take you to a 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT automatic with only 22,000 miles.
At least you wouldn$0027t see many others on your highway trips. If any of these modern ones are as painfully brilliant as the old Ghia affair, I leave it to you. Better, more comfortable and safer fuel consumption will swing it for most.
What we almost bought this week
Lexus IS200: A 2.0-liter, 6-cylinder inline gasoline engine, rear-wheel drive, sporty look and generous equipment: Lexus$0027 inclination in the compact executive saloon market caused a sensation in 1999. We found a 2000 X-reg Sport for £995. It has done some heroic 173,000 miles, but don$0027t be afraid: the salesman is a Lexus technician who has appreciated it and has only had two owners.
Julian Booth makes a great comment: “Insurance companies can be quick to amortize vehicles when all it takes is a little repair work to get the vehicle in order. “Here$0027s my 11-plate Freelander 2, which had a small amount of damage to the front spoiler, the passenger$0027s back door, the panel behind the door and the end of the plastic bumper. It was purchased for £4,500 and a check showed no damage or distortion to the chassis. “The used parts cost £175 and a quality spray means I have one of my favourite vehicles for £5550.
Tales from Ruppert$0027s garage
BMW 320, 83.523 miles: If my calculations are correct, we are approaching the latest official MOT of the baby shark. I think the windowsills will be fine, but I would like them to be improved cosmetically soon. For the rest, it is the tyres that matter most, despite having a full tread and a reassuring Michelin brand. The thing is that they are quite old now, so they should be replaced. Meanwhile, my Fit2Go Michelin pressure monitoring system is working well. I placed the unit in the top center of the windshield, so it reminds me of the old BMW control system.