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View Poll Results: What would you do?
Keep the GTA, buy an old punto etc for the commute. 15 55.56%
Sell the GTA and buy something else, maybe GT JTD. 8 29.63%
other 4 14.81%
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long commute by car, what would you do?

OK, hypothetical at the moment. But for arguements sake you get a job that means you have a long commute, say 60 miles each way. Ultimately yes you would move closer, but that is not going to be possible straight away. So I suppose this is more appropriate to other GTA/thirsty V6 owners, but what would you do? I have had the GTA nearly 3 years now, the longest I have owner a car, but I am not bored with it and don't really want to sell it.
 
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Buy a motorbike
1 economical
2 environmentally friendlier
3 traffic jam busting
4 fun, fun, fun
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Long commutes are a trade off between economy and not killing your car.

I briefly lived in Swindon (luckily escaped the [censored]hole quite quickly) and commuted to London Paddington, which was about 80miles, just a touch over.

Problem was, I was doing the journey in my 1.4 pug, which had a booked top whack of 110mph, so motorway speeds were pretty close to it's maximum potential.

After 18 months of that kind of driving, it was really beginning to have some problems, the sump gasket let go on the M4 one day. Then the clutch started slipping, then it was jumping out of gear, then it started stalling as you dipped the clutch approaching a roundabout or junction, plus numerous other problems.

Before that it had been a perfect motor, never went wrong, I might be wrong, but I blame the heavy motorway mileage for the rapid decline in reliability of the car.

So what I'm getting at, is that although you want a good return on your petrol, it's not really do-able in anything less that a 1.8 or 2.0 in my opinion.
 
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Keep the GTA, and buy a diesel something or other....

Used to work with a guy who commuted from Luton, had a nice 3-series coupe as his pride and joy, but bought a cheap Cavalier diesel for the commute and that thing just plodded up and down the m/way all day costing very little.
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Keep the GTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aint nowt wrong with a old punto!
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Other - keep the GTA and use it for the commute - at least you'll have fun
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I agree Keep the car, buy a bike
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Keep the GTA, you know it's be a sin not to!
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Duhh.... Eddie... even you know what the answer is.....
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Get an old diesel for the commute - you can take the GTA for the odd run in the summer.

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diesel or LPG all day long really!
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do what HM did when he was commuting from liverpool to leeds everyday - he kept his gtv cup and bought a punto diesel as a mile muncher
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do what HM did when he was commuting from liverpool to leeds everyday - he kept his gtv cup and bought a punto diesel as a mile muncher
yeah have to admit that is my main thoughts as I am not a bike person, so either that or a 1.2 petrol, my dad had one and it was more than happy on the motorway. Budget would be about 500 so if it blew... oh well.

Like I say this is hypothetical, to shed some light I am looking for a new job and saw the ideal one (so probably already gone to someone internal as always) but in a remote location on the south coast of Kent, when I am in Kent but walking distance of the Thames . Place is so remote I cant even see a train station near so that is out the window too
 
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keep the GTA definately.

1.2 petrol punto's are very good on fuel, but the ride would get a little tiring over the constant long journeys. Maybe get a very early 156 1.9jtd lusso?
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keep the GTA definately.

1.2 petrol punto's are very good on fuel, but the ride would get a little tiring over the constant long journeys. Maybe get a very early 156 1.9jtd lusso?
I had a brief spell of being sensible prior to the GTA and did buy a new punto in 2003, I don't have a problem with the ride. If this or a similar job did come about, ultimately I would move closer and negate the need for a second car anyway, but even over 6 months the fuel going into the GTA would be
 
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Buy a Pug 206 1.4 Diesel. Run it in to the ground and buy another.
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Keep the GTA and get a Stilo JTD
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Just keep using the GTA, it's a car...use it!
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make it a long commute by train..
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make it a long commute by train..

More relaxing by far, read a book, have a snooze, ogle your pretty female travelling companions, or just watch the scenery pass by as you forget the aggravation of driving in Britain
 
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More relaxing by far, read a book, have a snooze, ogle your pretty female travelling companions, or just watch the scenery pass by as you forget the aggravation of driving in Britain
Been doing the train thing since 2002 coming into London and would happily continue... however when I say this place is remote, I mean remote. The nearest trains station is 15 miles away, and to drive it the last 6 miles would be B-roads
 
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Get a job closer !
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Been doing the train thing since 2002 coming into London and would happily continue... however when I say this place is remote, I mean remote. The nearest trains station is 15 miles away, and to drive it the last 6 miles would be B-roads
Drive to the train station then...
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Hmmm.. 120 miles a day, thats 600 miles a week.

Say your GTA does roughly 25mpg and your replacement will do 50, you will effectively half your fuel cost, saving you thereabouts £60 a week.

However, it will mean spending £500 or so on another car, taxing it for another year (£120) another insurance policy (£250?), MOT (say £100 for little repairs & new oil)

Say the new car lasts a year and conks out, its cost you

£500 + £120 + £250 + £100 = £970.

The fuel saving will be about £2820..

So by running another, cheaper car you'll be looking at saving around a touch under £2,000, probably well worth it

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Drive to the train station then...
Er then his car would be stuck at the train station near work and he'd have nothing to drive at home.

He COULD buy an old Punto and leave it at the train station near work - provided parking is free, which is far from guaranteed.
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