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Cheap and tough, what could possibly be the right car for long travels?

Looking for some ideas and suggestions to find a decent car for travelling...

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Because of a series of unfortunate events I don't have a car anymore. I feel like being deprived of one of the most important achievements of my adulthood, it's a weird feeling actually.

Since I live in a big city the lack of a car is not really a big deal, public transport works decently, I have a bicycle, car sharing vehicles are everywhere and affordable, and last but not least, without a car I don't have to pay a pretty expensive insurance and taxes. So what's the real problem? I'd like to do some car trips from time to time, rental prices aren't exactly cheap and I'm starting to consider the idea of buying a cheap car specifically for travelling.

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Here the troubles start. I'd like something not too expensive in terms of price and insurance, possibly that is decent in fuel consumption and does not drink like an alcoholic on Saint Patrick's day. It has to have good handling and a decently comfortable asset since it would be mostly used for long trips. It has to be reliable to allow me to drive for thousands of miles without being scared of it dying in the middle of nowhere in a foregain place. I know this is a lot of stuff already. But there's more.

Ideally the car should be comfortable for at least two people with an average quantity of luggages, and possibly be a good sleepover, just in case...I'd like it to be a little stylish too, but I reckon this is getting too pretentious.

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I started to have a look around, initially I thought that some old Volvo would have been a great choice, spacious, reliable, tough, but so far I didn't find anything old or cheap either. Then I fancied the idea of a good old Lada Niva, maybe because of its Soviet glamour, but to my big surprise one in decent condition, (read no rust) costs more than a brand new city car...

This is the question, which car would you suggest as a mostly long trips vehicle? Have you any experience or advice on this regard?

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Comments (117)

  • I think a Subaru

      12 days ago
  • a Dacia, according to and and me. A truck, according to Patrick 'Hold-My-Beeard' Jackson

      12 days ago
  • Firstly, I gather you are in Italy? secondly, where might you intend to go? It is potentially a smart move to think about what cars are common in the areas that you want to visit, as it can be easier to find parts there. I know Italy got a lot of unique models with strange engines due to tax reasons, so I would advise finding a model that was sold in many markets. Depending on how far you want to travel to look for your car, it could also open up opportunities, for example, I would try and search out a sub 1k Citroën on Leboncoin or theparking.com, or a Peugeot 405 with the legendary XUD diesel engine which will be pretty much bulletproof

    www.theparking.eu/used-cars-detail/peugeot-405/peugeot-405-1996/NB4DGZBK.html

    IMHO, the early 405s look better, but when doing bangernomics these considerations are secondary, if you look in France you can find them for sub 1k euros, and they will probably have enough space for you and a partner to keep all your stuff. Hope this helps!

      11 days ago
    • Yep, I'm in Italy, and I'd like to use the car for travelling around Europe, so the suggestion to find a vehicle that has been sold in many markets it is very good! The Peugeot seems not bad, and diesel engines are great for fuel consumption, I'm...

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        11 days ago
    • Yeah that is a consideration, but there are ways around it, such as parking it as a base outside of a city and then using public transport to go in, just a thought. I would love to do a european adventure in my Volvo 480 when I get the chance, so I...

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        11 days ago
  • Possibly a strange idea for you but... Have you considered an ex Police/Military vehicle, some of them are fairly recent models though with often high mileage (so can be cheaper to buy) but will have been fully maintained and, depending on where it has been based, you might be surprised by the models available and the specification... Hopefully you've got your 'unfortunate events' out of your system for a while and it will be plain sailing from here on..

      12 days ago
  • A new post is out, yeah I'm still alive... @tribe

      12 days ago
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