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WHAT I SPIED IN THE CLASSIFIEDS HUGE ESTATE FOR £7K

Big estate with French polish MILE AGE 15 4,980

BMW 530D SPORT Warning sirens could be heard from space when the 530d’s dashboard indicated that water was required. It wasn’t a false alarm. It really did need water — in the washer bottle. Phew. I know people who pre-mix their washer fluid and decant it into bottles like it is something special. I prefer to just add what I think, and when there is a faint aroma of soap, then it is probably about right. Meanwhile, it’s been an expensive month, because I’ve given the government £235 to keep the Land Rover on the road and £295 for the BMW X5. You’re welcome. READER’S RIDE

What could be better than a great big wafty estate car made by Citroën in 2010? It may not be a CX, or even an XM, but this big dieselpowered V6 C5, which is stuffed full of extras, seems a neat way to ride. Its 72,000 mileage is reasonable and the car comes from a dealer with a warranty, which is what you want with all those electronics on board.

GT40 FOR £65K

Which way is Le Mans? A Ford GT40 is a wonderful thing, but even the more recent genuine articles are £250,000-plus. In that case, then, a decent recreation is the fallback position and this, by Tornado, seems like a daily driver. Made in 1996, it has a Ford V8, of course, plus a huge list of racing fittings to go along with the numbers on the doors. The car has covered just 3000 miles and is up for sale for £64,995.

SWOOPY SALOON FOR £5K

Bargain Merc — for a reason

Toyota Avensis Mark Baker has just bought himself another banger, an 02-plate Toyota Avensis. It’s a one-owner car with a full service history and just 49,000 miles on the lock, and Mark paid £880 for it. “I got it through a mate in the trade,” he says. “This time I went Japanese. My Avensis is solid and a very tight old thing. I went back to a banger because I just like the feeling that you get from driving

something different that costs in total what some friends are spending in a couple of months on the lease costs for their new cars. So this is a new banger journey for me.”

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A 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLS320 CDI with 125,000 miles for £4995 has to be a bargain, even though there are naturally all sorts of worries about what could go bang on a car like this. It’s a pretty thing and has the cream leather upholstery, alloy wheels and cruise control that you would expect. Oh, wait a minute: black with cream leather? That might explain the price then.

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