Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - upside81

Hi everyone, I'm looking for an big family car or an estate within a budget of just £4000. It needs to have a boot big enough for associated luggage for my business.I'm currently driving an Audi A3, 3 doors, 1.9, 09 so I would like something similar in terms of driving experience.

I was looking at Audi A4 Avant 1.8 and Mazda 6 2.o petrol but I'm not really sure. I'm not bothered about fuel consumption as I do low mileage and I plan to keep the next car only for few years. I alos came across Saab 9-3 but I know they stipped production so maybe will be difficlut to find spares?

I did plenty of research and my head is buzzing now...Can anyone share their experience with the above mentioned cars or suggest any other cars?

Thanks

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - veryoldbear

Saabs are cheap because they are out of production, but there is quite a lot of spares commonality with other GM brands (Vauxhall / Opel) so it's not too bad.

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Bobbin Threadbare

I'm only saying this because I had one, but get a Mazda 6. I had two years of cheap, trouble free, comfortable motoring out of my 1.8l petrol. They have some very nice features too; Bose stereo, proper flat folding seats and they handle very nicely. I only got rid because I wanted a MX-5 and one came up at the right price (sticking with Mazda was a good idea too).

Edit - quick peek on Autotrader suggests that you'll get a Mazda 6 2.0 on a 56/07 plate with average mileage for about £3900, but there are some real bargains out there. An Audi A4 for the same price will be 52/03 plate with high mileage.

Edited by Bobbin Threadbare on 14/05/2013 at 13:02

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - upside81

thanks. I like the design of the Saab and also I heard that petrol engines are on average quite good. However I think mazda 6 2.0 could be more reliable than Saab... I jus came across Toyota avensis d4d with some good reviews and within budget.

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - balleballe

Mazda 6 :D

I had the 2.0 petrol and now have a mazda 3 with the same engine

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Cyd

About 6 months or so ago (maybe a year) I wrote quite a long rply to someone who was looking at 9-3s. For some reason the search will not find it when I try. Perhaps someone else could have a go??

The basis was that I love my 9-3 Aero.

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Avant

I agree with those who say 'go for the Mazda 6'. It's cheaper and roomier than an Audi of similar age. You could also think about the Toyota Avensis or Honda Accord Tourer.

Go for petrol in all cases.

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - upside81
Thanks people I have a test drive booked for tomorrow with a Mazda 6, 05 reg 2.0 petrol and one on Saturday with a Saab 9.3 aero.will let u know how it goes
Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - upside81
Wgats the name of your topic Cyd?
Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Cyd

Dunno. it was a reply to someone elses thread about what we drive and why we like it (or not, as the case may be). i spent ages typing a long reply but am damned if I can find it now.

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Cyd

Found it! Seems putting a name in the 'author' box (my own in this case) makes the search engine look for threads originated by that name and not replys by that name.

Anyway up, have a look here:
http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=99578

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Cyd

How did your test drives go? Any feedback?

Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 - Audi A4 Avant or Mazda 6/Saab 9.3 family car - Cyd

Still no feedback?????????????

 

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