Whether because of declining purchasing power or endless waits to take delivery of their new car, many French people are turning to the second-hand market. And each segment logically has its star: the Renault Clio for versatile city cars, the Volkswagen Golf for compact cars, the Peugeot 3008 for SUVs and the Porsche 911 for sports cars! Review of the best second-hand opportunities, with some buying advice!
Among the versatile city cars, no surprise! The Renault Clio has been the star of the second-hand market for many years. Obviously, this fifth generation is still not very present in second hand but the previous ones are well represented.
In the Clio saga, there is a sorting to do. In particular, avoid the first two generations, who are too old and who will soon be banned from driving in town. The good plans begin of the Clio 3 which appeared in 2005. But be careful to choose your engine carefully.
The restyled Clio 4, the best plan
In particular, it is necessary avoid Diesel DCi until 2010, victims of injection problems and whose repairs can cost the same as the car. On the other hand, no problem on the petrol engines, made reliable on the Clio 2.
On Clio 4, it’s the opposite. Priority to Diesel ! The famous 1.2 TCe which drinks as much oil as gasoline and must therefore leak. For less than 10,000 €, you have to aim for a restyling of the Clio 4 to benefit from the improvements of the 0.9 TCe and a better interior finish.
The Golf 7 to be preferred
The star of the occasion among the compacts is unsurprisingly the Volkswagen Golf. If its eighth generation has just been released and is still too expensive, the previous ones are very well represented on the second-hand market.
Two motorizations are to be prescribed, Diesels from 2000 to 2008 and the first gasoline TSIs from the early 2010s prone to timing chain issues.
To find the best Golf, you have to turn to the seventh generation in order to take advantage of the advantageous Crit’Air vignettes (1 in petrol, 2 in Diesel). Essentially, the 1.2 TSI 110 hp is a good choice and for big riders it may be interesting to turn to the 1.6 TDI in 110 hp (or 105 hp) with the DSG gearbox.
In SUV too, the opportunities are legion! And unsurprisingly, the most sold is a French, the peugeot 3008 released in 2016 and restyled two years ago. The second generation Sochalien, voted car of the year in 2017, seduces motorists for its style and its services, bringing it closer to premium.
Overall, the 3008 is well built and does not suffer from major reliability issues. Even though some versions are to be watched like the Diesel BlueHDI with problems with AdBlue systems, the repair of which can cost up to €1,500. Also beware of the 1.2 PureTech marketed until 2018 and with a fragile timing belt.
Two versions will therefore be preferred to avoid unpleasant surprises: the THP 165 with its automatic gearbox and high-end finishes for small pilots, and the 1.6 BlueHDI commercial version for Diesel.
The still affordable 996
Finally, a little bonus, for those who have the budget to have fun, the Porsche 911 is the queen of used sports cars. And a generation is still affordable!
He is the 996, considered by many to be the ugly duckling. Still, this once unloved 911 has a lot going for it. Its atmospheric Flat-6 of course but above all its price, count 35,000 € for a model in good condition and above all, focus on a phase 2 mechanical gearbox version for more reliability.