After the Citroen Xantia died on Wednesday I spent Thursday desperately looking for another car at a price we could afford (hah!) – I’d been looking on the web and had found some local garages that had some suitable cars for sale. While we were looking Sarah spotted a Suzuki Wagan R for sale in a local place and she got all excited about it! It was purple with purple tinted windows – nice!
She spent all morning texting me to see if I had been to see it yet but the first two times I went the car lot was closed. I had noticed that they also had a couple of Ford Mondeo’s as well so when I went back the third time I had a look at all three of them. Sadly the Suzuki, which wasn’t actually a bad car despite the colour, only had two seat belts in the back seat meaning it was no good to us. It was a shame really as I’d already came up with the name “The Purple Pimp Machine” for it!!!!!
I looked at the two Fords which were both nice, one was an automatic diesel which would have been great but sadly it was out of my range price wise and the guy had already said he couldn’t go any lower. The other one which was manual and petrol was nice too but was a bit scruffy but nothing that couldn’t be cleaned. As I was talking to the man I explained how we had previously had an MPV and he suggested I look at a Citroen Synergie which he had. I’d seen it on the website but hadn’t considered it because of it’s age. However when he told me it had only 94,000 miles on it and had been well looked after I gave it some thought.
After phoning Sarah with the bad news about the Suzuki I went back to look at the Citroen which, apart from a distinct canine whiff, was a really nice car. I asked it if could test drive both the Citroen and the Mondeo. After someÂ manoeuvring of vehicles they took me a for spin in the MPV. It run really well and once behind the drivers seat I felt that it was a distinct possibility. The mondeo was also nice, very comfortable and plush inside with a CD player and also ran really well. So it seemed to be a choice between the two.
My head said the MPV, it was more useful to us given what we do. The only downside was that it was petrol which given the 2.0i engine could mean it was quite heavy on fuel. There were 7 seats and the fact that the gearstick was on the dash and the handbrake between the door and the drivers seat made for what felt like a very roomy interior. One downside was that it only had a radio cassette but given that we mainly listen to the stuff on out MP3 players in the car (well once I’d got another adaptor as the old one was stuck in the cassette player of the Seat and wouldn’t come out as the eject was electronic!) Â meant it wasn’t the end of the world.
On the other hand my heart was saying Mondeo! It was a really nice, shiny sleek looking car, black upholstery and very sporty feeling. It had 102,000 miles on the clock but was newer that the Citroen. It had a good amount of bootspace but obviously not as much as the Citroen had the capacity for. Finally it had a CD player but the downside was that there was no way for us to plug in an MP3 player.
Price wise the Mondeo was Â£200 cheaper but it had no tax so we would have had to pull out for that and that made the prices the same. So after some thought (and knocking them down by Â£100) we went for the Citroen and picked it up on Saturday morning.
So hopefully we now have a car that will last us for a few more years. It does drive really well and has some nice features including Air Conditioning which was a bonus as it wasn’t mentioned in the sales details. The side doors slide which is handy for when I’m strapping Ben in while parked in the street as I won’t have to worry about cars trying to get past the open door, it also means an end to the kids flinging the doors open and hitting the car next to us in carparks!!!!!
To add insult to injury, when we went to pick up the car there was another couple there and they were buying the purple pimp machine! Sarah was gutted! Never mind at least we have the “Mean Green Geraghty-Shewan Machine”.