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Old 26th Aug 2011, 10:28
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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: In transit
Age: 65
Posts: 3,059
You probably know this, but if your 'family car' is a modern diesel, don't use it for short journeys or you will have a problem with the diesel particulate filter, an expensive item as we have just found to our cost with one of ours.

The scooter, or a bike, would be OK on fine days, but how many of those do you have where you are?

Smart cars are fine if only ever used for a maximum of two people without any luggage. I hate them, but I think that is more a function of the willy wonkers that often seem to drive them, and they are overpriced.

We are currently looking at getting a car for exactly the same purpose and will probably settle for something like a 5 year old petrol VW Polo, 1.2 or 1.4 litre, as neither power nor fuel consumption are important, but build quality and reliability are.
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