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    My tuppence worth: get a Fluence! - a lot of car for very little money. Bought one recently for my partner, 5yo, just under $10K with only 29K km. Still looks, feels and drives like a new car. Plus really comfy and nice to drive. Huge boot too.
    No more skinned knuckles, brake fluid in the eye or dying heater cores ... after all, they pretty much can only be serviced by a workshop now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Only19 View Post
    My tuppence worth: get a Fluence! - a lot of car for very little money. Bought one recently for my partner, 5yo, just under $10K with only 29K km. Still looks, feels and drives like a new car. Plus really comfy and nice to drive. Huge boot too.
    No more skinned knuckles, brake fluid in the eye or dying heater cores ... after all, they pretty much can only be serviced by a workshop now.
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    The change from a small, maneuverable, responsive vehicle to a land barge may not be to Jo's liking.

    That's not to the say Fluence isn't a nice vehicle, but so are Honda Legends, Nissan Altimas, Toyota Crowns all of which are in a diametrically opposed part of the market compared to Jo's rides.
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    Not sure when a Fluence suddenly became a land barge. Perhaps the rest of Australia along with myself missed the metamorphosis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Not sure when a Fluence suddenly became a land barge. Perhaps the rest of Australia along with myself missed the metamorphosis.
    It's relative I agree, I'd suggest any car with 2.7 m plus wheelbase fits that description. And compared to 2.4 for the Fuego it's a lot longer.

    And the Fluence is 4.6 m long compared to the Fuego which is 4.3 m

    At least it's shorter the Honda Legend or Lancruiser Sahara , which really fit the description.

    The point I was attempting make it's a lot bigger, less agile vehicle , than what Jo's used to driving.
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    Regardless of its title, I did look at the fluence and recognised what a bargain they were.
    Problem was, bargain or not, i could not stretch the budget to $10K.



    The repressed juvenile delinquent in me won out, and i bought a megane 225.

    Holyshit, what a fun car to drive.



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    As predicted in Post #141.

    The image of a Fluence would probably not sit well with Jo anyway.

    And the driving style out of character of most other owners.

    I entirely agree a bit of "go" under the right foot, improves driving pleasure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Regardless of its title, I did look at the fluence and recognised what a bargain they were.
    Problem was, bargain or not, i could not stretch the budget to $10K.



    The repressed juvenile delinquent in me won out, and i bought a megane 225.

    Holyshit, what a fun car to drive.



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    I'm punting on it being Dave's old car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    I'm punting on it being Dave's old car.
    Careful that could be interpreted as being "off topic"
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    ****ing hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    I have. 6 cylinder automatic commodore with a loud exhaust being driven by a hero P plater who thinks he's on a good thing.
    They are in in screaming agreement , no doubt
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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    ****ing hilarious.
    I've seen far worse from you.
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    Correct Addo.

    Col, don't have any pics….cant stop driving the thing.

    The 225 is benign one second, and ridiculous the next.
    Second gear is just nuts around town.

    Had a few guys wanting to give it a run off the lights tonight, and I simply eased it of the mark in first without giving too much away or trying to hard, let them get in front, then change into second and floored it.
    All hell breaks loose at about 3000rpm and unless they are driving something just as silly, their headlights fast disappear into the rear view mirror.
    Obviously, one's licence might disappear just as quickly if the moment was not right.

    Around the 'race track', which had a nice flat and recently laid surface tonight, the car was so well balanced.
    If I hadn't of know the road, and been familiar with what speeds constitute 'spirited', I'd have said it was a cruisey drive.

    Coming from a flop-o-mobile Fuego where you can actually drive ridiculously fast but need to be fluid or else you'll get flipped, the first thing i noticed was how stable this thing was when pushed. You could lift off, change lines half way through a corner, boot it, whatever…Nothing was an effort nor upset the feel of the car.
    This car actually makes it too easy. To go hard would take you up to 'nuts' speeds, so in that respect, for a lone wolf like me it might be too good a car.

    Oh and brakes…..Fudiking big ones that actually work, and a suspension tuning the allows them to work without feeling like you are standing up on one wheel like a cartoon car. This is a new concept for me.
    Going from running out of pedal in the RX4, to 4 pot bremos is not a subtle change.

    Tomorrow I promise to be gentle and not floor it in second or third gear.

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    Are we talking two door coupe 225RS here or four door 225?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Are we talking two door coupe 225RS here or four door 225?
    Don't think I'd live with a coupe again. They look a bit ugly too!!

    It is the family pack 5 door version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    Don't think I'd live with a coupe again. They look a bit ugly too!!

    It is the family pack 5 door version.

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    Ha!

    Family pack?!

    It didn't come with kids, wife and dog(s), did it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Ha!

    Family pack?!

    It didn't come with kids, wife and dog(s), did it?
    No it didn't, but the new girlfriend did…….Kids gave it the thumbs up.

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    When do the improvements start - launch control as first add on? Oh wait, it's a manual isn't it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    No it didn't, but the new girlfriend did…….Kids gave it the thumbs up.

    Jo

    Well, at least nobody has issues about big bums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Well, at least nobody has issues about big bums.
    They make the rock'n world go round.

    Jo

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    Amen, brother!
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    Is it a 225 Cup? Perhaps not if your budget was $10K.
    I just upgraded to a 08 225 Cup and as you say enjoyable to drive, but I still prefer my 182 Clio for the fun factor.
    The Megane RS are just a little to refined and smooth for my liking after having a Clio 172 and still with the 182.
    The Clio's feel, or you feel as if you're driving the car.
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    You feel in the RS too, but what you feel is reassuring. I think what you're talking about re the Clio is the feedback as you approach the limit. I challenge you to get there in the RS.
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    I'm old enough to deserve a bit of refinement in life.
    Also, I've always wanted forced induction so the 225 5 door was the obvious choice.

    Bearing in mind i considered a Koleos or fluence, I think the 225 offers a good compromise of refinement vs hoonability.

    It is not a cup, just a regular model.

    The only mod I'm planning is scraping all the slimy rubber shite of the interior, which is starting to get a bit sticky.

    Jo

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    If you can stretch your budget to buy a complete new interior, you'll actually feel like you have a new car (and quite nice at that).

    My son's car (exactly like yours) suffers from the same problem but he's too cheap to pay. I remember when I test drove a new one, they were a really nice and comfy place to be (this was the RS225 coupe).

    How much dinero, by the way?
    ACHTUNG ALLES LOOKENPEEPERS

    Das computermachine is nicht fur gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitssparken. Ist nicht fur gewerken bei das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets-relaxen und watch das blinkenlights.

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