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Old Oct 6th 2013, 3:48 am
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
As far as French cars go though, ... Decent car, that was.
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Nowt wrong with a French car when they get it right. The 205 GTi springs to mind.
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Nowt wrong with a French car when they get it right. The 205 GTi springs to mind.
Proof that you can build a car from tin foil!
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Speaking as someone in the trade I wholeheartedly agree.
French cars have kept many of us in business.
Shame I specialise in Hondas really, so not much of my work is repairs :-)

I do agree they've made some good cars, Renault Alpine for example.
But I'd never allow a friend to buy one as good doesn't mean reliable in this context.
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Proof that you can build a car from tin foil!
Perfect car for the modern republican, then ...


Originally Posted by Jonion
Speaking as someone in the trade I wholeheartedly agree.
French cars have kept many of us in business.
Shame I specialise in Hondas really, so not much of my work is repairs :-)

I do agree they've made some good cars, Renault Alpine for example.
But I'd never allow a friend to buy one as good doesn't mean reliable in this context.
Often that's the way.
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Proof that you can build a car from tin foil!


I once prepped a 205GTi 1.9 for a friend (ITBs etc.. ran really well) but he wrote it off by driving too close to a strong breeze.
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Well... I found my new ahh... practical... hatchback today.
The tank in the corner is quite fun too
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Renault 11 was a Bond car....most people forget that...

Even if it was the one that got cut in half
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Renault 11 was a Bond car....most people forget that.....
So what! He drove a Lada Niva in The World is Not Enough.
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
Nowt wrong with a French car when they get it right. The 205 GTi springs to mind.
The French often get it right in terms of behind the wheel experience. It's just a able, most of the time they fail with interior quality and reliability. My mates Megane 225 sport was an awesome car to drive. It was the closest hint t a road going to cart. However the interior was diabolical, I've never heard a car rattle like it, and it spent more time in the workshop than on the road.
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Stick with Audi, BMW, Merc or Land Rover/Range Rover and you can't go wrong.
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Stick with Audi, BMW, Merc or Land Rover/Range Rover and you can't go wrong.
You're kidding, right? So long as a car is pricy it must be OK?
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Errrr...not kidding no, in fact my answer comes from some pretty good experience in the car industry, as I am the MD of the largest Prestige Car rental firm in the UK, in which we stock lots of different brands so its an unbiased opinion
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Stick with Audi, BMW, Merc or Land Rover/Range Rover and you can't go wrong.


Are you a car salesman?
I know you're technically not but a rental firm comes close.

As someone who works in the trade (hands on) I'd say that most Japanese cars are far more reliable (generally) than any you've mentioned.

I have owned BMWs, Audis, Fords etc... and a lot of Hondas. My old Honda track car has had to do many runs to get parts for my so-called reliable Audi works car that has barely moved due to it's inherent problems over the last few years.
The BMWs were OK but suffered most of the generic issues they have.
No, before anyone asks, I am not talking about the very newest models so if you all have brand new cars and only keep them a year or two the German stuff may meet your needs very well (as you'd expect from most new cars) (ignoring all the new-model bugs).

And cost of servicing those is also not on the cheap side.


You all need a nice little Toymota Corolla.
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No you are correct, I am not a salesman.

Yes, Japanese cars are reliable from an engine point of view, but they are made from some shockingly poor quality materials internally, look like crap, and bodies made from recycled beer cans.
We operate a very large fleet and have very few issues, in fact one of the cars we have had most issues with has been a Nissan GTR!
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