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Ja, second hand from that era I would also rather go Honda and petrol.
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I'm willing to take a hit on capability. Everywhere i have been, i also went in a Mk1 Ford Focus while towing a trailer. It has never been fully loaded while i've owned it, apart from when i moved house. The only capability i really need is a tow hitch for my mountain bike rack.

I've seen a couple of Ford Focus diesels or Honda Civic petrols in the price range i am looking in, from around 2008. I'm leaning towards the Hondas, as i've always had a crap experience with Ford dealers
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Just under 10 is decent I would say. Nothing in the price and use range will beat that.

Or go to a 1.4ish petrol hatchback and then get 15 kmpl, but lose the space and capability.

Whatever you will gain in fuel consumption in a similar class car to a Foz you will lose somewhere else such as in price or capability.
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Writing off a Forester is still the most cost effective way of getting a newer model. Insurance pay out much better than out-of-hand value.

Get a NA Foz again. 

I went through the whole rigmarole of looking at other options when my motor ran a bearing a short while ago, but nothing beats a old Foz for value and capability.
Is there anything that can be done to improve the fuel efficiency though? I was averaging just under 10, sometimes dropping as low as 8 when doing long-distance with light load.

Maybe fitting road tyres, rather than the Geolander A/T i had before?
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Writing off a Forester is still the most cost effective way of getting a newer model. Insurance pay out much better than out-of-hand value.

Get a NA Foz again. 

I went through the whole rigmarole of looking at other options when my motor ran a bearing a short while ago, but nothing beats a old Foz for value and capability.
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Well, you could buy a D.....n Go and die in your next mishap.  :-X. You pay at the pump to drive a VERY safe vehicle.
I'd rather gnaw my right foot off at the ankle than drive a Go  :-X
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Well, you could buy a D.....n Go and die in your next mishap.  :-X. You pay at the pump to drive a VERY safe vehicle.
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Introduction / Re: New to brand
« Last post by FozzieDriver on Today at 10:37:16 AM »
Not being funny, but I would insist on a HG test and also check when the radiator was replaced. The plastic ones blow around 100k km.
The rest should be OK.
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Introduction / Re: New to brand
« Last post by jbh on Today at 10:26:59 AM »
Hi, welcome.
Forester is much smaller than Touareg.

A lot of Foresters need to have Tacata passenger airbags replaced. But it is a pain-free experience as Subaru usually have a vehicle available that you can use. You can check the specific vehicle's VIN number on the Subaru website to check whether the airbag need replacement.
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Hi everyone

So, much to my annoyance, I was in an accident about 2 weeks ago. I was turning onto a busy road and the back tyres found some standing water/algae. Started drifting, took my foot off the throttle (stupid mistake), back tyres grabbed traction, flicked the car around and slammed into a barrier. We were going a grand total of maybe 20-30km/h. The assessor at the panelbeaters has given a repair total of R101 000, which is way more than the value of the car, so it has been written off.

Depending on how much the insurance pays out, we may be able to buy it back and get it repaired privately, which is always cheaper than insurance totals, but i am not hopeful.

Unfortunately, with the petrol price doing what it is doing, a Forester is just too thirsty, regardless of how carefully i might drive. As such, i am looking for recommendations. I know this is a Forester forum, but hopefully we can come up with a good option.

I have an R80 000 budget for the car (not much for a decent car these days). The usual needs of safe, reliable and fuel efficient (less than 8 litres/100km) are all i really have. I do a 50/50 mix of city and highway driving. Hopefully with a mileage of less than 200 000 km, unless it has been fanatically maintained. At least Forester 2.5 NA levels of performance would be nice, but is not a must-have.

Any suggestions would be great, thank you.

Cheers,
Kean
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