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Stilos a Steal at Auction Today

Wed, 05 May 2004
FIAT Stilos were seriously cheap. Just £5,550 was enough to buy this 12,668 mile 9 month old July 03 reg Stilo 1.6 Active with aircon.

That’s even less than I used to pay for same age, same mileage Tipo 1.4s in the good old days when money could be made out of FIATs.

Compare what that 9 month old Stilo made with £8,400 paid in the hall next door for a 32,000 mile three and a half year old 2000X Golf GTi 1.8T 3-door. The simple reason, as a trader friend pointed out, “you can sell Golfs, but you can’t sell Stilos.”

The Stilo price wasn’t a one off. It was close to average for 03 reg Stilo 1.6 Actives. Facelift 03 reg Punto Active 5-doors averaged £4,500, and even a 12k mile 03 reg Multipla JTD 115 ELX was down at a top bid of £9,200.

Current shape Mondeos were cheap too. £6,050 bought a 28k mile 2001Y 2.0 Zetec estate; £4,250 was top bid for a 50k mile 2001Y 1.8LX; all a Doom Blue 99k mile 2001Y 1.8LX could raise was £3,300 and a 93k but 02 reg 1.8 Zetec sold away for £4,650.

Today, £10,250m was enough to buy a 72k mile 2001Y Audi A4 B6 TDI 130, handicapped somewhat by the old 5-speed manual box. A 118k mile 2000W BMW 323iSE finally sold away for a mere £6,100.

But a 61k mile 2001X Lexus IS200 SE auto romped away from its high £9,600 reserve to sell for a staggering £11,100. IS200 are usually strong but this result helped confirm that they are generally commanding higher residuals than 3 Series.

The 150 car 52, 03 and 53 reg Ford ex-rental sale tomorrow 6th May includes a 2,479 mile 53 reg Focus C-Max 1.8LX.

As always the best way to look for a specific car coming up at auction or to pre-check a day’s sale is to visit

Brightwells next HUGE WEEKLY 4x4 SALE takes place on Tuesday 11th May at Leominster Market on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, start time 11.00am, phone: 01568 611325, website:


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