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What should I replace my Audi 100 with?

My father and I have owned a 1988 Audi 100 2.0e Avant that's been in the family since new. We've put over 210,000 miles on it. It's a lovely comfortable, reliable, strong car with bags of torque, still has the original clutch and exhaust and is still motoring on. I'm aware now though, that as various items fail, e.g. recent cracked handbrake lever, broken ignition key barrel, odometer and trip stopped working, plus fuel gauge unreliable, that the time is fast approaching when our lovely lady will have to be put to rest. Whilst all of the above have been fixed, it's all beginning to lose its charm. I have a 1963 Jaguar Mk10 and 1981 BMW R65 motorcycle that also need attention and my back condition is not getting any better, so what do I replace our Audi daily driver of 6000 miles per year with? I'm tempted by another Audi 100, but is there anything more modern out there that - say - with a £7k budget or less (though this could be stretched) I could get similar reliable, strong, useful and comfortable service from? Second hand obviously. All suggestions considered, and I would prefer petrol manual with a strong clutch.

Asked on 19 August 2019 by Barry Hawkins

Answered by Andrew Brady
First of all, it sounds like your Audi 100 has provided excellent service. Please think twice before scrapping it or part-exchanging it at a dealer (who'll probably scrap it...) - I'm sure an enthusiast would happily take it off your hands as a modern classic car, especially with the work you've had done on it recently. In terms of a replacement, a budget of £7000 provides a lot of choices. I'd recommend looking at a Skoda Octavia. It represents excellent value for money, is very comfortable and has a big boot (there's an estate version, too, if practicality is important). You could also look at a Kia Ceed, which will have the balance of its original seven-year warranty remaining. If you'd prefer something a bit smaller, the Honda Jazz is very practical and ought to be reliable.
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