I'm kind of torn between a GT or a 147 at the moment. It's got to be the diesel because I like the drive and do a lot of miles. I think I prefer the GT's looks but the 147 should be cheaper to run. A lot of my mileage is round town with the odd big run here and there. I usually do between 700 and 1200 miles a week (I deliver prescriptions).
I like the idea of comfy and powerful but I have to be realistic about fuel costs and the little things like ease of getting in/out (it makes a big difference when you're doing it 150 times a day), ease of use, etc.
Obviously I would like some longevity but I always have a backup car if required (a requirement of the job) so I'm not going to cry if it breaks now and then.
So what's the general consensus? The 147's I've been looking at are the facelift (about 2005 on?) but the GT's are kind of the cheaper ones. I want leather but I don't mind buying a car without and retro fitting it if that's a better way of doing it?
I had the 150hp cdti in a vectra estate - is it the same engine? I loved the engine in that car but the car was too big and heavy for what I use it for. I could live with the 35-40mpg round town but it was just size I don't need. Since then I've tried diesel BMW's which I find really thirsty unless you're grannying them and a small Peugeot which I hate with a passion for being so awful to drive. It is cheap though - it's a 1.4 hdi and easily gets 60mpg round town. Of course it doesn't really because you have to hammer it to make it move so it does about 45-50.
I've finally woken up and thought I can get a car that looks gorgeous and (I presume) drives miles better for the difference of about 10mpg. Considering the back ache I'm getting from this Peugeot I'll take the hit on the fuel and enjoy myself again.
So - 147 or GT?