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Thiking of buying a 159

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I am thinking very seriously about ditching my Octavia 1.8 turbo and going for a nice 159. However my budget is quite limited - say 11-12k. So I'm looking at relatively high mileage model - and have set my heart on Lusso only to get the leather trim and the Blue & Me. I had a couple of questions - be grateful for any thoughts or's a bit of a mixed bag so any replies gratefully accepted!

1) Does the factory fit satnav play MP3 CDs and display the track name etc on the screen? I know most people don't rate the satnav, but it seems a lot of the cars I'm looking at have it fitted.

2) What should I look out for on a high mileage model? I'm looking at a 2.4JTDM with 75-ish k miles. Should anything in particular have been changed by then? I'm assuming cambelt is due and if so how much are we talking to change it? What questions should I be asking the dealer

3) Just had a baby so honest opinions from dads on whether this is big enough or whether my missus will be cursing my name every time she loads the pram in the back...

4) Anyone selling a Lusso in my price bracket??


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Hi Steve - welcome to AO - maybe an idea to post your questions in the 159 rech lounge - you will then get a few replies.

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I have just written off my 159, however I covered 53,000 miles in 18 months, we took the car over to Italy for 3 weeks in 2007, a family of 4 so no problem with luggage space. However the boot is a bit narrow so worth trying the pram in first. Car is also very comfortable for long journey's and extremely safe in an accident.
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Boot will be big enough for a pram as long as you don't go for some oversized one that you will dump in 3 months anyway (pram choices, more difficult than buying a car - we have had at last 10 prams!!!). Boot opening in a little narrow and high. I don't know if you could get an SW version for the money you have. Consider the 1.9 JTDm as well. I have driven both engines and the 1.9 is underrated - it is a fine engine. The 2.4 is thirsty but powerful.

I am just back from a family holiday with the car fully loaded and it surprised me how big the boot was, having said that I missed my SW for ease of loading and even more boot space.

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I don't know about the other questions, but can answer the one about having the baby. My little boy is now 3, and we've had the car two years.

I really, really don't want to put you off buying a 159, b/c it's truly one of the best cars I've ever had - but, you really must get your wife on board and wanting the car before you buy, b/c I do put up with some day to day inconveniences, just b/c I love the car, e.g. the boot is not big - I had a medium sized pram from Mamas & Papas, and it *just* fit sideways when collapsed, but only a certain way . I'd definitely recommend you try it before committing to buy. Also, the rear seats are not very roomy, which makes for a little contortion work needed when fitting car seats/getting baby in and out. Having said that, my son's car seat is now fitted in the front seat next to me (passenger airbag switches off easily), as it's usually just me and him, so we are fine.

I hope I haven't put you off, b/c, like I said, the 159 is a fantastic car, just please make sure it's big enough for your needs, and make sure your wife is on board with the idea, or you will hear a lot of complaining

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Sorry for not repying - just to say thanks to everyone for replying and confirm I bought the 159, have had it for a year now and absolutely love it. Think I might trade up to an estate (sorry I just can't in all honesty call it a "sportwagon"...eww!). Thanks for all your comments...
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