I've owned this car since I passed my driving test 2 years ago. When I bought it, it had done approximately 45,000 miles and since then I've used it most days back and forth to work and university on a short 6 mile round trip. I have also however used it for a few holidays (300 mile drives) fully loaded with myself and the girlfriend also the back full of holiday stuff. I wouldn't use this car for much more than a 5-6 hour drive though as: *Poor cooling means summer driving is like being in a greenhouse *The driving position isn't too bad, however it doesn't do your back much good *No power steering and hard to use pedals means driving is tiresome *When fully loaded with 2 people and enough stuff to go away for 2 weeks suspension is non-existent *road noise, the car getting buffeted, and the unresponsive brakes all wear you down
However: *For short journeys the car is good to drive, nippy enough in town and feels like a 'real' car *Can handle all humps and bumps with ease *20k miles in 2 years driving i've had two drive shafts replaced but that's the only fault *Cheap to buy and run as the prices are now rock bottom and it is good on fuel with most standards *Cheap tax and relatively cheap insurance (cat 3)
In all it is a good car for people looking for a first car, the pedals take some getting used to but with time it becomes fine. As long as you find one which is well looked after they are fairly reliable. Go for the zest 3 though if you want better kit.
I have had my 106 GTI for approximately 3 months and it is a pocket rocket!
It goes like stink and seems to pull though all the gears!
I actually thought it could have done with a 6th gear like its bigger brother, the 306 GTI-6.
The handling is superb and outhandles anything in its class, from the Ford Fiesta Zetec S to the Corsa GSI - this thing just sticks to the road no matter what.
The suspension can be a bit bumpy at times due to being a little stiff but overall the ride isn't too bad.
With a 0-60 time of around 7.4 seconds or so it can take on much bigger cars with larger engines.
Reliability is not too bad, but just keep an eye on the suspension.
The comfortable leather/alacantara bucket seats make a nice difference to the otherwise simple cabin layout and chrome inserts modernise it slighty as compared to older 106 models.
Overall, if you wan't a car with a great responsive nature, revvy engine and brilliant cornering abilities then choose the 106 GTI (even over a Citroen Saxo VTS).
Check the insurance though, as being 19 I found it quite expensive because the car is in group 13!
I have had my 106 independance since i could drive back in feb 06 it is a R reg (98), i absolutely love the car... Its sensible, low costing, and i have never had a major problem with it... the only thing i have ever had to do is to change the break pads! I recommomend this car to any one who wants something which costs next to nothing to run!
I have owned this car for almost a year now and, it has to be said, it is not the best car in the world. That aside, I would urge any first time drivers to buy this fantastic little car.
- It is fun to drive, provided you avoid prolonged motorway driving. B roads become your best friends aslong as you aren't required to overtake. - It is cheap to run (well, insurance for a 19 year old isn't cheap, but that's to be expected). - Around town it is fairly nippy. - It's not a Moped.
- It's French. - It has no go in higher gears (after 30mph almost any car is faster to accelerate). - Motorway driving can be noisy and tedious. - An immobilser is the only equipment it comes with. - Overtaking on country roads is ill-advised unless it's downhill with prevailing winds.
I wouldn't buy another, but that's purely because my next car is going to be some form of diesel with a larger engine.
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