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£7k will purchase a 2013 1.2 model of the newer new Beetle
A born-again, now died-again, Volkswagen Beetle is usually a low cost purchase

Motorshows. Not as thrilling for me as they as soon as have been. I can deal with the brand new expertise and guarantees that we are going to be hover-boarding to the outlets.

What I can’t fairly abide is that lots of fashions are actually not precisely up to date however intentionally uglified. I’m certain that the brand new BMW three Sequence is an excellent factor – Autocar stated so and the adjustments make it higher – however it’s actually no prettier than the excessive normal set by an E46-era three Sequence.

Hear, I do know why adjustments are often made: Vance Packard defined built-in obsolescence again in 1957 in his seminal work, The Waste Makers. It’s all about advertising and marketing and snobbery, so everybody is aware of you drive the very newest. Nevertheless, the car-buying public love one thing retro, don’t they? That’s how the brand new Mini actually bought began and the Fiat 500 seems fairly good. In the meantime, any short-run, road-legal or not Aston Martin, Jaguar or, proper now, Porsche promote out earlier than they’re introduced.

Then there may be the Volkswagen Beetle, the brand new one with the plant pot. Again from the lifeless in 1998, it has handed away once more. Clearly, that reboot didn’t go in any respect properly. That was a retro flawed transfer, however Beetles stay an attention-grabbing used purchase. Within the ‘part-exchanges to clear’ part of some on-line labeled adverts, you possibly can choose up a 2003 1.6 with nearly 140okay miles and sufficient MOT to get you into 2019 for £375. If you need extra poke, then a 2000 2.zero with 120okay miles is £470, with the non-public vendor somewhat determined to maneuver it on.

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Extra poke nonetheless? How a couple of 2.three V5? A 77k-mile 2004 one with leather-based is £1995. It seems much more purposeful in darker colors and is as fast as a recent Golf; certain, not as sensible, however blobby cool. The nicer ones are round £2750.

For a lot of, the entire level of the attention-seeking Beetle was the cabriolet and, at just below a grand, you possibly can choose up a 2004 1.four with 80okay miles and a half-decent historical past. The nicer ones with just lately modified cambelts are £1500 and, as we head into winter, they’ll get cheaper.

The newer, extra squashed fashions could be purchased for round £6995, which can get you a 2013 1.2 TSI with 57okay miles, which is fashionably white. A 2017 2.zero TDI 110 with BlueMotion tech with a yr’s price of mileage – say 12,000 miles – is £19,000, which appears quite a bit when there are prettier alternate options round.

Within the used retro recreation, the Beetle is one thing of a blended bag. However it does make sense because it hovers in a limbo between a banger and ironic traditional.

Tales from Ruppert’s storage: 

Mini Cooper – mileage, 102,441: You would possibly bear in mind I confirmed you a reasonably horrific image of the radiator. Clearly, one thing was up and I instructed it was most likely a blown head gasket. Some specialists stated it would simply be some type of radiator anomaly and perhaps simply wanted a flush.

I made a decision to pop into my native storage they usually recognized the worst. It has by no means overheated and I’ve handled it like a Princess. Oil has been modified a great deal of occasions. One idea is that rebuilt engines can comprise bits that finally break up the gasket. Dunno if that’s true. Booked in.

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Reader’s trip: 

Vauxhall Vectra: Sean McFarlane loved the £200 Nissan Micra story just lately (‘How low are you able to go?’, 19 September) and has a £200 Vauxhall Vectra of his personal. “I’ve been operating it for simply over a yr now,” he says. “It’s a silver 1.Eight-litre petrol Design spec. Very primary. Bodywork could be very clear other than a small rust spot on the underside of the driving force’s door, and the inside is immaculate. It got here with three months’ MOT and a good service historical past. Over a yr and 20okay miles, it has price me about £1200, which, by way of utilization, I feel is an actual discount.”

Readers’ questions: 

Q. Ought to I purchase a brand new Vauxhall Corsa GSi or a Ford Fiesta ST-1? Rod Corridor, Ripley

A. Okay, a troublesome one, this. We’ll simply feed your enquiry into our supercomputer… Oh, that’s a shock: the Ford Fiesta ST. All-new, faster, heaps higher to drive, solely slightly extra to insure and the identical value. Who’d have believed it? JE

Q. I’ve £7000 to spend on a roomy and dependable hatchback. What do you advocate? J Shriver, by way of e mail 

A. Simple: a Suzuki Swift 1.2. It’s dependable, roomy (you possibly can get up in it, the roof’s so excessive) and enjoyable to drive. Go for SZ-L trim (sat-nav, digital radio, alloy wheels). Your cash will get a 2016/16-reg automobile with 20,000 miles. JE

Q. Is there any level me checking for rust when shopping for a contemporary, used automobile? Jane McClean, Poole

A. We see you reside by the ocean. Salt air is corrosive however your greatest fear is muck and water getting trapped behind plastic underbody, sill and wheel-arch covers. And, sure, even aluminium corrodes, in isolation and the place it contacts metal. JE

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What we nearly purchased this week: 

Jeep Wrangler – This time subsequent yr, we’ll be making an attempt out the brand new Wrangler for dimension, however why wait when you might be in a 2003 four.zero Sport with 80,000 miles for £8990? The one we’re pondering of has a full service historical past and all of the toys and seems to be in tip-top form. Better of all, these outdated Wranglers don’t look too completely different from the brand new one.

Learn extra 

Volkswagen Beetle assessment

Jeep Wrangler assessment 

Used automobile shopping for information: Volkswagen Touareg


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