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hi i am new here ,i only passed my test 3 months ago and i own a crappy escort 1.6 which is a pain in the ass coz everything is going wrong with it .I have about £2000 to spend i want a fast economical car so far the best i could find would be a rover 200 vi or a 200 sdi with a add on chip would it be very fast or not ? the only others are a bmw 320i se or a calibra 2.0 16v but the bmw is slow of the mark and the calibra really should have a v6 any if anybody has any ideas that would be great , i must admit i am very swayed towards the vi :)

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how do you define fast and how do you define economical? the 2 tend not to be particularly closely linked ;)

I'll sell you my 2.5V6 Vectra for £1700, its fast enough for you :) and does mid 30's mpg as long as you don't thrash it!
 

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nah your alright thanks for the offer tho i want somthing thats got good handling on b roads coz i live in cornwall nearest motoway is about 2hrs away lol and its insurance group 15 ,i have kinda decided on the rover vi do you think its the best car to get
 

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Very difficult to say without knowing you and your requirements, is the 200vi a good car, well its small, 145bhp and does about 38mpg when driven softly (I think). Also arent the 3 cars you are choosing a bit random, they are all different sizes and class.
 

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Go for the SDI, much more reliable and cheaper to run than any of your other choices. Save some money and have a weekend away..

You can always add firmer suspension and body kit (ebay ZR/VI) and its cheap and very easy to tune.

Pay £1500 max (should be able to get one of the last 200's for that). As always go for full service history and try and go for lower miles and fewer owners.

If you look around on the site you will find ample praise and few criticisms of these motors.

Watch for leaking sunroofs, rusty engine pipes and tailgate hinges.
Heater fan sometimes will need a new resistor, (1&2 fan speed) all easy/cheap fixes
Thats pretty much it..

VI and Vauxhall arguably have reputations for eating head gaskets.. and are considerably more fragile machines.. BMW would be a well nice motor except at that money you are only going to get a tired and ropey one.
 

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well i have been trying to decide on a car for a couple of months now so at first i wanted a bmw coz of the looks and its reputation for being good to drive but i have kinda thought about it and i would rather wait till i am older and get a high power model and like you say i wont be able to get a good one for my price range i have been looking at loads of cars so when it boils down to it i want a car to last me for about a year and a half and not lose to much money the lowest mpg would be 30 but higher the better speed wise
0-60 10s slowest i would have i dont mind to much about size as its mainly me and my girlfriend driving in it, has anybody put one of these chips on a rover sdi thats puts the bhp up by about 25 and does it work ? as for the vi is there anything i can do to stop the head gasket going ? sorry for all the questions but hopefully you now have a better idea of my needs and can surgest somthing coz i have been driving my self mad trying to decide

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I've got a slightly similar dilemma. I have 8 grand to lavish on an MGZR, ideally the 105.
But I've been offered a 2004 plate delivery miles ZR 120 + for 7995, or an unregistered (ie 06 plate) 120 + for an extra grand and in my preferred colour.
I think they are effetcively the same age, only the plate difference, will an 06 plate over an 04 be worth much more at a later date even so???
 

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SDi or 200 Vi?

Tricky, I've owned both an SDi and 200Vi (BRM) sold the BRM and went back to driving the SDi, spent a bit of money on a tuning box and K&N panel filter and enjoyed driving it. Handling wasn't up to the Vi though. If you'd got the money I'd recommend a 25 over the 200 anyday though - no offence to 200 owners but the 25 has so much better steering and handling in general, also a fair bit more 'grunt' on the diesel. Build quality on 200s and early 25s is good, my original car one of the very first 220Ds is now with my sis on over 180,000 miles with no real signs of wear and tear no rattles squeeks or anything always been well impressed with it.

The 200 diesels are pretty rugged old things, never had any engine problems with any of mine (about 500,000 miles between then!) gearboxes can get a bit slack feeling and noisy if you rag them.

Best advice is to test drive one of each, and don't make the mistake of doing it on a sellers local roads - make sure you get to try them in a driving environment similar to you everyday roads to give you a proper feel for the car

Better still save and buy a ZR TD - grins all round! fantastic little car
 
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