Rally around a forum member and help me out.
I am thinking to P/X my 159 2.4 JTDm SW for something smaller. I have only owned mine for 7 months
but there you go - you live and learn
Firstly the car is too big for me to justify driving it all the time on my own day in day out. Also at weekends we are tending to take my wifes Golf now as the childrens car seats are already in place and it is more economical than mine and there is more room in the back for the children -
I can't justify the fuel costs, the insurance, the tyre bills (my own fault on insisting on 19''), the rising car tax (
) and the servicing costs for this car anymore.
I test drove an Alfa 147 Sport Q2 (150 BHP) and thought it was great just for me but compromised for wife (she hated it) and my children - it is small in the back and the boot is pretty small too. (I have a review posted on this car). Mangoletsi are working hard to get a very good deal on this car (thanks again Kevan).
I have driven a Seat Leon 2.0 TDi FR (170 BHP) and am due another longer test drive today. IT is more roomy than the 147 with a bigger boot, very quick, rode as well if not better than the 147 and will if my sources on SeatCupra.net are to be believed (they all seem like a nice bunch) gets over 40 mpg even with spirited driving. The Seat dealer is offering me a very good deal I have to say. I am test driving the car again today and have a holding deposit on it.
The other option is a 1.9 JTDm 159 saloon - I don't have figures for this yet but I need help from 1.9 drivers - fuel economy please and drivability of this car (I could have remap a possibility via Mangos) etc. etc.
I am looking at reducing my monthly repayments ans still having a fun car for me with family in the car at weekends and for hols. (I have a 15 month old and a 3 year old). I also want reduced running costs. So far one car makes more sense than the other but...........
As I say both the 147 and Leon deals are very good and I am phoning Kevan at Mangos this morning for figures on a 159 1.9 JTDm (he is probably reading this
Comments/advice appreciated (and not just with Alfa blinkers on