Written on: 30/09/2013 by footle83
Prior to my vitara I had use of a company car which is a 2008 Vauxhall Astra. My mum owned a Vitara and I loved being in it as a kid. I picked up my black vitara with white roof for £800 with 82,500 miles on the clock. It has nicely sized wheels which work well on both mud and tarmac. I also have the sport version (Not sure what it changes though). Now in regard to the car overall. I personally like the ride. I am a 6"2 19 year old man and this is a very comfortable car to drive in. I love the ride height and personally love the ruggedness of the car. It doesn't feel delicate or like something you have to keep spick and span. It goes from a-b and will get you there safely and comfortably. The reason I bought this car let alone any other car is because I am a motorcyclist and after 2 long British winters decided that was enough and wanted to get a car. I considered a corsa/clio type deal but don't particularly like the idea of having a similar car to my friends not to mention they are tiny. I then considered a van as I am into kayaking and a bit of surfing but fuel and size were a turn off. Then I saw the 4x4's in my price range. There is the jimny but for me the engine is a tad small not to mention the vehicle itself. Then I remembered the Vitara and it's reliable 1.6 engine that my mum used to have and after a good look online I found the perfect one.
A couple of down points to the car. The fuel economy is not the best however I do not mind this as I only drive 16 miles per day and the car can do two weeks of this on a £50 tank. The soft top is all manual so is a bit more of a job but I don't mind. You can get hard top kits for them which cost around £700 and I will be considering one only to use during the winter.
So that about sums it up. It is a great car for winter, off roading and cruising during the summer time. The next job is to make it look like ken blocks car as one man has already. Just type ken block vitara and see if it is to your taste!
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