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...
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?