What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by berapotter » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:20 pm

C3 1.4HDi XTR 9 years
Before that Xsara Picasso

In the past a
ZX and a GS
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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by ruairip » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:39 pm

Used to do a lot of miles, Xantia followed by C5 meanwhile my wife's Fiesta was at 4K miles after 12 years! Started to spend more time flying than driving to work with a huge reduction in mileage so we went one car (the Fiesta) for a little over a year. Despite the low miles the Fiesta was showing age so we wanted a new "good"car hence the Cactus which we are really pleased with. Fiesta got upset about the new car and got the Zetec weeping core plugs so we replaced it with a low mileage C1.

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by JohnYoung » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:52 pm

Adrian wrote:2006 Toyota Avensis T3x Semi Auto Saloon - lovely car, excellent condition and I wouldn't have changed if it wasn't for the fact it had now done about 150K miles and I didn't want to have to rush into buying a car if it ever broke down. I felt that time was not on my side so I decided to change it over early. I think the only major thing ever to go wrong with it was the washer jet pump burnt out about 5 years ago.

I had old Norman who owns a garage at the end of the road from where I work in High Wycombe look after it every service and MOT since new and when it came time to change he wanted to buy it off me to use as a courtesy car - he probably knows the car better than I do! Anyway I see it every morning & evening on his forecourt, which is both sad and comforting.
Great story.... I remember when I sold my first car a mark 2 escort and was gutted to see it later with some daft lads ripping it around :shock:

Its really interesting to hear the stories on this thread - thanks for sharing everyone :D

I think cars are of course transport but they are expensive items and so we take our time in buying and looking after them and we spend a lot of time in them and rely on them for safety so they become much... much more than simply modes of transport

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by Bewar3them00n » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:39 am

My first car! been an avid cyclist for most of my life, but when child no.2 arrived, I had to finally admit defeat and pass my test ( after several attempts) I'd been intending to get the C4 Picasso, but as soon as I saw the Cactus, and then test drove it, that was it!
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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by Decepticus » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:25 pm

I came from a bmw background. I had a 1991 525i Msport that gave me no issues whatsoever, was 19 years old when bought and had 169k on the clock. Sold that to a collector and bought myself a 2000 m5, which was an absolute beast. I was bored of spending 60/80 quid a week on fuel and the wife was fed up of the noise it made.
We saw the cactus on TV and it was a no brainer

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by Radu » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:33 pm

Renault clio 3 facelift 2door RS -> 1.6 blueHDI 100 ETG6. I have a mother-in-law now , she has to have her own set of doors :)).

Great topic!

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by BristolRich » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:07 pm

Abarth 500 Esseesse

ImageAbarth 500 Esseesse, February 2012, Queens Square Breakfast Meet by Bristol Rich, on Flickr

I loved the car but it had to go. Both our parents are at that stage in life where trying to get them in and out of a small 2 door hot hatch is no longer viable. Thats the only reason.

The car was a lot of fun, but frustrating with it. Would I have another YES, but could I be arsed with with the fragility, NO.

There is something to be said for paying £180 insurance p.a. service costs under £200 and free VED!
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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by lazyboy » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:30 pm

Mk2 escort van and Cortina 2.3 Ghia
I Sold the Cortina kept the van as its been converted to a Turbo Diesel.


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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by Cactused » Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:11 pm

i had a Peugeot 407 Coupe V6 diesel before the Cactus. Comfy and fast (remapped) but auto and not that economical. Looked like DPF was on the way out too, hence the switch to petrol. Before that a Subaru Legacy R Spec B and several Alfas. All great cars but not the best commuters :D

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Re: What car did you come from to the Cactus ?

Post by Honeybuzzard » Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:21 pm

Xsara Desire 1.6, 53 plate, 108k. Still going nicely but getting to the stage where mum, who's 80 now, was having trouble getting in and out of it.

I was considering the Cactus, Skoda Yeti, Dacia Duster or Renault Captur. Cactus was my personal favourite, I've always preferred something a bit different, and mum found the doors much lighter and the extra height a great help in getting in and out. It's a fine line, a little higher and she can't climb down.

So, Cactus was at the top of the list, and a test drive clinched it. I'm finding it has almost as much power as the Xsara, and is much easier to manoeuvre. It's also a very easy car to drive slowly so is great for parking.
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