How to choose age appropriate cars

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As long as you’re still safe and capable on the road, there’s no legal age for stopping driving. You may find, however, that as you grow older, your criteria for choosing a car become very different to the ones you had when you were younger. 

To carry on enjoying all of the joys and benefits of driving, it’s well worth your while to check that your current car still suits your skills and offers you a comfortable ride.

Choosing comfortable cars 

Where once you may have been looking for engine size and speed, it’s very possible that you’re now more likely to be concerned by how comfy the seats are. Finding the perfect car to suit your retirement lifestyle means taking into account a lot of factors you may have never thought about before, but there are plenty of online resources to help.

Get started with this useful article from Forbes Magazine, where you’ll find a nice run down of the kind of things you should be considering when shopping for a new vehicle. Today’s newer generation of vehicles have lots of smart features and electronic functions that can take the stress out of driving and make it even more fun. These smart safety features should be high on your agenda when you’re picking your new car. The Independent has written a very interesting article about the way smart cars could keep people on the road for longer.

Size is also likely to be a major factor, as many big cars are high off the ground and can be tricky for older drivers or passengers. By the same token, cars that are too small tend to not have as much room as is ideal for the average pensioner. Mid-sized cars are typically the most suitable ones for drivers who are a little older, and MSN Auto has put together a list of its favourite mid-range vehicles. You may not be able to afford a new car when it comes to updating your wheels, so AOL’s guide to used cars for retirees may also come in handy.

Enjoying the road

Making sure you have the best possible car is only part of the problem, many people decide to either give up driving too early or try to stay behind the wheel too long. Age UK created a great list for older drivers full of advice designed to help them make the most of their driving years. From declaring your health conditions to adapting your car, there are many ways to improve your driving experience.

Finding the best car insurance option is another key factor in enjoying driving during your retirement. Shopping around could help you find a policy that helps you save on your insurance and MoneySuperMarket have written a handy article explaining how older drivers can cut costs. Once you’ve found your perfect car and the right insurance policy to cover it, you’re all set to continue making the most of the comfort and convenience of driving.

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fromseaside
31st Dec 2014
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My main grouse is that a lot of us have electric buggies and a hoist to lift it in so you need a level floor at back with no lip. another point to bring up is bending to get in car most of cars tried, the body is so sharply swept back that you bang your head getting in. I run a Yaris spirit and have had her for 10 years, but after two years in looking cannot find anything to replace her and it only has 30000 n the clock.
vivienne. fromseaside.
DaveD
27th Dec 2014
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I'm new to Silversurfers. Motoring is a particular interest of mine. I'm in the process of retiring at 70 and hope to spend more time motoring. I have an Audi A5 and a Yamaha FJR 1300 motorcycle. I share the fun with my wife who has an Audi TT of her own. I'm looking forward to next year's holiday motoring on the continent.

This retirement malarkey looks like a lot of fun.
John H Scadden
23rd Dec 2014
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I drive a Mitsubishi 2.8TD Delica. It's an 8-seater 4WD. Couldn't do with a smaller vehicle as I need to drive the grandchildren about and tow a caravan. Brilliant car to drive but somewhat expensive to run. Had a Corsa for two months supplied by the insurance company. Couldn't get on with it and it used almost as heavy on fuel as the Delica. I couldn't wait to get a decent car!
SovereignInventory
8th Dec 2014
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I am 53 years old and I drive a Mazda RX8 - I can afford the insurance now, however £500 per year road tax and an average 20mpg offset this. I was accused by a young lady in her 20's of having a mid-life crisis when I told her of this acquisition. I only bought it because I could not afford £25K when the car was new, plus as I have always had 'quick' vehicles, it is a substitute for a motorbike, as I definitely feel too old for one of those now - I would not want to ride a motorbike in amongst the standard of other people's driving in this country now.
John Hopley
25th Oct 2014
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Did,nt know this website exhisted,hope to make some friends,thinking of giving up driving after 70yrs on the road,I like coach~rides & days out with friends in the summer, was a wartime Evacuee Love the countryside & good company,John hopley.
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Glad you found us John … hope you enjoy our Silversurfers community
tom
14th Sep 2014
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i am 66 and drive a mg tf 115 cool blue though it is not practical it is extreme fun
Bobby Howie
12th Sep 2014
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Now 61 and have had an MB SL500 from new for 10 years which we
hardly use but planning a trip to Austria next year. Use a Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 S for daily use, but my word, it's very fast! Way quicker than the SL.
annabel
1st Aug 2014
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I have a Landrover Discovery and have always found them to be brilliant as they are so versatile...lots of carrying room!
Arbie 52
26th Jul 2014
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I'm 62 and drive a Kia Optima in metalic white. It attracts attention wherever I go. Fantastic car with loads of extras and high spec. It's got the "wow" factor. Even though I'm a bearded baldie I'm still young at heart. Shaved head, goatee beard and loads of tattoos.
wistlingdixy
23rd Jul 2014
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I am puzzeld about all these ads for insurance, £150 or just over they say. Well due to circumstance I am reduced to driving a "KIA Picant" 1ltr shopping trolly.
Recently shopped for insurance ended up with "SAGA" £500 full com, I can't decide if it is my age [74] the fact I have to park on the road or that I live on a council estate. But this is the 4th insurance year with this car & so far have not been able to get below £400 with any company.Somebody somewhere is on a nice wee earner at my expense.
Alastair
31st Jul 2014
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Nothing wrong with Kia Picanto. No road Tax. 7 year warranty. Cheap as chips. Takes golf clubs and trolley. Easy to park. Rock steady at maximum on motorway. Comfortable with good headroom and easy access for replaced hips. I came to Kia after a car career spanning Baby Austin, 2CV and many more Citroens and Peugeots (rotten starters!) especially the big estates such as XM, followed by X Type Jag (well I always said I would buy a Jag if they would just make one with front wheel drive and diesel engine...) then a Sportage because the Jag is slithery on the slightest ice or snow and now, having discovered winter tyres, the Picanto. Never understood the attractin of knee high so-called sports cars with no room for a busy briefcase and a ride worse than the carties we built from prams and crates in the 1940s.
Stan2w
14th Jul 2014
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Ive driven around 40k a year since 1970 and have had a very wide selection of cars.
Ive just ordered a Mini Roadster Cooper S - should be good fun
Ted
5th Jul 2014
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For shopping and extreme weather a CRV or a MX5-------- for real fun a1954 BSA B31 motorcycle or ST 650cc BMW motorcycle or R65 BMW combination ( her indoors favourite) born 1931 Just sold my share in C42 light airplane getting on a bit now
Codger
5th Jul 2014
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Just turned 102 and loving my Arial Atom.
K sydenham
20th Jun 2014
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I cannot believe you have all these silver subscibers and no
One has complained about the cost of insurance, or the limited
Mileage which is a component part of elderly policies.
My premium doubled close to £800 and a 3000 limit per annum,
Given that I passed my test I 1947 and never have had accident
This is the real world.
Fred Macdonald
11th Jul 2014
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Try Churchill Insurance. I've found them to be honest and trustworthy.
Alan
26th Jul 2014
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You will find that SAGA are one of the best---- Better than Churchill
I am with Saga and I have a Merc and only pay £750 full Comp per year against all the others which want £1000 more for the same Car and that is what many of them want-----I was recommended to them and I am well pleased
mick clem
5th Jul 2014
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Got my insurance this year £246 I am 71 no accidents ever 52 years driving full no claims no mileage restrictions shop around good deals online I drive a QASHQAI ACENTA 1500 2014 MODEL HAVE A NICE DAY PS 1ST CLASS CAR FOR US SENIOR VELOCIPEDERS.
D Gatewood
16th Jun 2014
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At 71 I've had a long and varied range of interesting cars but thought it time to move into the future so now drive an electric Nissan Leaf which costs virtually nothing to run.. £ 100 for the last 5000 miles!
I'm hooked on the quietness and instant torque.
On the flip side I've just sold my ultra low Yellow and Black Smart Sports Roadster which reminded me of the time when I was 21 and had a Triumph TR3.
To replace it I have just purchased a 500cc Piaggio MP3 tilting three wheeler which is another unique experience, like the Smart keeps the adrenalin active, now lets see what's next ?
John Sharples
12th Jun 2014
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I am 80 years old and still enjoyably working. I drive a 1998 Rover 400 automatic with Honda 1600 engine. Used regularly for motorway driving at 70/75mph. Total annual distance approx. 12,000 miles.
Having owned many makes of car in the past including Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, MG, Riley, Triumph, Opel, Hillman, Austin and Morris. This Rover 400 is perhaps the most economical, trouble free and generally useful I have ever owned. Apart from the usual Tyres & Exhausts etc. nothing of consequence has had to be replaced.
Total mileage covered is now 145,000. It has checks and oil/filter changes at normal intervals. Still running exceptionally well and no desire to change. Would certainly recommend this model if one can be found with low mileage, service history and in good condition.
Fred Macdonald
11th Jul 2014
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Well John, I was 80 last October and finally decided to retire in May 2014. I too drive a Rover. In my case a Rover 45 Club version which I took delivery of in Oct 2004. it's done 56k miles and drives like a dream. Don't know what better car I'd find to replace it. Just got back from two weeks in France hopping from place to place on their 81mph motorways. I just love driving and in my Rover it is a pleasure.
Mike Mu
3rd Jun 2014
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Although I drive a large Volvo, my 60 year old wife has just purchased a fabulous VW Eos which is based on a Passat & Golf but is a tin top convertible. If you cannot be frivolous at this age - when can you! Totally appropriate for over 60's motoring and comfortable seats too!
John
30th May 2014
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Citroen C5 does it for me at 61.
Old Bean
29th May 2014
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OLD what piffle.
My retirement present to me was a
Porsche Carrera and at 70 I bought a Crossle sports racing car...and have raced it at home and abroad for the past 4 years so @ 74 I am looking forward to my 3rd visit to SPA
On the sensible side I tow my race car trailer with a Vovlo XC 60 ..the most comfortable car I have ever owned.
BUT if you do feel too old to drive please give up driving now.....more room for me and the roads wont be clogged by doddery old F****s holding me up!!
Silversurfers
29th May 2014
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Good on you Old Bean! Well impressed! 😉
Kippax
24th May 2014
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Have an "E" co 999cc Focus really good better performance than 1600cc... very economical ... but these days parking bays seem to get narrower !! so may swap for Audi A3 or Fiesta even !
Anyoldiron
18th May 2014
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As an "older driver," when the then Government was talking about what they might do concerning "OLDER DRIVERS" I was quite prepared to challenge such discrimination in Court. I was even prepared to retake the driving test, especially as I had just gone through an updated written test with my Grandaughter before Her Test (Which she got through first time) However, my Daughter-in-law suggested I join the IAM-which I did, (Not as easy to pass as I first thought) However, I got over my "bad habits" and passed THEIR test, and I recommend any "older Driver" joining their local IAM.
Anyoldiron
18th May 2014
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I wish the car knew which way to go for I am not too good on directions.
Mike
12th May 2014
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Great to read all your comments, if your fit, alert and a wee bit adventurous drive whatever rings your bell. My great love and thriller is a microlight and I'm 80 later this year!!
John Somerset
8th May 2014
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My wife and I are in our mid 60's and we have just traded our MX5 and Mazda2 for a new Mazda3 and it is a brilliant car. We were unable to use the MX5 very much as we look after our 18 month old grandson 2 days a week and we also moved house about 8 months ago so we do not have much time for it.
A few days ago we cut out masses of ivy from the garden and needed to take it to the tip. The solution? Borrow my son's 06 plate Corsa and put a bit of petrol in it 4 him. He hardly noticed that we had made 2 trips to the tip!
Rob
10th May 2014
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That's funny!
Isn't it supposed to be the kids borrowing their parent's car to move rubbish around in? 🙂
james kiley
7th May 2014
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you are all so young I am 85& love my new jazz with a glass roof .don't advise it but you can look up at the trees.
Mike Mu
6th May 2014
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I like Volvo but not to the detriment of MB, Audi etc. In the last 10 years we have driven a V70, XC60 and two XC90's. We returned to the XC90 because of larger and even more comfortable seats, and also the slightly smoother ride. The 200bhp Geartronic is agile and works well for us, albeit it is thirstier than the Skoda Fabia owned by the boss! The little Skoda is faultless but does not offer the same level of comfort for a tall 67 year old; however it was the preferred choice by the love of my life and, well she bakes good cakes!
Jan
6th May 2014
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My husband and I are in the process of purchasing a new car, a Volvo XC60 BUT because I have not held my own insurance - just named as the other driver - for six years It is difficult to have the insurance in my name (with my husband named as other driver) as I have no proof of a no claims bonus. We have not claimed at all for goodness knows how long.. We share driving wherever we go but the insurance companies are not interested, are being "green" with only one car NS I have held a full licence since 1961. A House can be shared, why not a car. Any ideas ??
Rob
10th May 2014
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Many insurance companies will accept you being a named driver on another policy as long as you can prove you didn't make a claim on the other policies. Can you contact the previous companies and ask them to give you proof? Pass it on to your current insurance company. Or, could you not use one you have been a named driver with?
All you need to do is provide proof of no claims 🙂
Chris
5th May 2014
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I retired in March. Taking delivery of a new Audi TT tomorrow and cant wait.
I have always had "sensible" cars since my late teens, especially when the children came along. Now its my choice and I can get something I have always wanted. Age shouldn't be a barrier but a liberator! Article is piffle and stereo types us seniors
Steve
3rd May 2014
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I'm 53, I drive a 2011 A8. It's big, bad, fast, very comfortable and has more gadgets than any car I've ever owned....Bliss..
Peter C Jones
28th Apr 2014
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Peter Jones, Caernarfon.

More of the usual modern-day, nanny-state patronising do-gooder waffle that is all too prevalent. I quote: "where you’ll find a NICE run down of the kind of things you should be considering when shopping for a new vehicle". If that was an audio message it would be spoken in a wheedling, icky-sicky sweetness and light voice from "big mommy" who knows better than you dear!

Most of the modern, electronic-toy filled cars are there to put a mighty hole in your wallet once they need their toys fixed and diagnostics run/software updated.

I am 67 years of age and have been driving for 48 years, including 6 in Saudi Arabia in the 80s where driving was pretty hazardous to put it mildly. I have and always have had a clean licence and a clean accident-free record.

When driving I command the vehicle, not the other way round and I choose my vehicles to suit the task in hand.

My current 3 vehicle "old-dodderers retirement fleet" consists of:
A 1990 Renault Espace 4x4 7 seater for good load carrying (up to 5 children/grandchildren), good road-holding in bad weather and good NCAP safety ratings. Just about the last such vehicle on which home maintenance is pretty straight-forward.

A 1984 Renault Trafic based Rapido Randonneur 410 motorcaravan for holidays/weekends away. Again easy home maintenance.

The Queen of the fleet: a 1988 5.3 litre V12 Jaguar Sovereign XJ saloon, my retirement present to me after wanting one for 42 years, which is used for "high-days and holidays", which is a superb fast drive and very comfortable too. Too fast and dangerous for us "oldies"? Never! Most contemporary road tests will tell you theat most drivers will run out of courage before this car lets go of the road". As a final clincher any knowledgeable car-owner of my generation can do most of the normal maintenance work needed on this car in their own garage.

The only drawback of all 3: Thanks to the modern-day, woolly-minded do-gooders in power I have to pay full road-tax on each vehicle to subsidise those who can buy new/nearly new so-called "eco-friendly" vehices (most of which are nowhere near eco-friendly in their production and for which the money used to purchase them most probably isn't earned in any eco-friendly way).

Humbug! Away with you nanny!
Roger Williams
28th Apr 2014
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Before I hit 70 I decided to buy a SUV instead of my beloved Audi TT. I chose an Audi Q3 140TDI S Line and I can truly say it has been a fantastic car. On average I achieve 52 mpg from a car that is great to drive with plenty of torque and is extremely well appointed and comfortable.
jclaire
19th Apr 2014
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My Mini Cooper S suits me just fine at 70. Nippy and smart - still makes me smile! The comment ' 63 now and tend not to drive long distances anymore' is sad! You have probably got 30 years left - are you going to spend it all in a cardi and slippers?
Ralphie
7th Apr 2014
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I'm 72 and have been driving Mercs for 12 years since the firm allowed me to buy my company car when I took early retirement. I now drive a Merc CLK with all the gizmos, including TV, "ventilated seats", sat nav and what have you. It's a big 6 cylinder petrol engine with AMG accessories. You can't fault it and I feel happy and safe driving it. VED a bit high as is consumption but as I don't do a lot of miles it suits me fine.
Is this a car for the wrinklies? It is for me!
Alan
26th Jul 2014
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I like you have a Merc a model "C"---It used to belong to my Daughter but she updated to the same model that is only FIVE Years old where as the one that I had from her was made in 1999---It is in lovely condition and runs lovely although it has been round the clock-----One cannot hear the engine running----I am 88 and still find this Car the best I have ever had
billy ben
6th Mar 2014
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I drive 20 year old bentley. Its amazing for my kenilworth road drive. Also it has big boot. Very handy for my tools. I am a builder and i know whats strong and what give me a smooth ride.
Anthony
5th Mar 2014
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Comfy but capable and versatile. I have a Honda CRV (late model) with an auto box. With the seats down it rivals a garden shed for space. The auto gearbox makes driving a very relaxed experience. Just the job if not a little boring. You should try one if that's your bag. I'm looking now at a second hand Maserati Quattroporte to inject some excitement into my driving, while still having room for family and grand kids. As others have said, you're as old as you feel. And hey, you're only here once.
Rob
10th May 2014
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Why not have a go at offroading it?
Or even better, get yourself a Discovery, and take THAT off road...
You don't have to be up to the sump in mud to have fun(it helps though). Most off road centres have RTV courses for road taxed vehicles which can be as easy or demanding as you feel adventurous!
mathew
4th Mar 2014
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I'm Mathew,41 year old now driving an Audi a6 avant,I went for the 3.0 litre Quattro s-line le (old) man's version,it has all the toys satnav,leather,xenon headlights,electric boot release and lazy automatic gearbox,I've fitted tractor like tyres to the 19"alloys to soften the ride, unfortunately unlike John I got old before my time when it comes to cars.
Robert Coe
26th Feb 2014
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I am 78 this year. I drive a Volvo XC60. diesel. 2008. It is the top of the range model with all the extras available at the time. The most comfortable car I have ever owned. Expensive to buy but fuel consumption is good as I use it for long journeys mostly. The car seems to fit around me when I get in it. It is like a welcome mat. Sometimes I feel that the car is driving me rather than the other way around. Would I buy another one I am not sure about that as I feel this one will last longer than I will. I have driven it through deep snow, tackled steep tracks and experienced the time when it put the brakes on for me when an idiot crossed my bows, and the second time also when a car overtook me, hit the Armco, shot across my bows about two feet from my bonnet and disappeared over the banking on my left-hand side. It all happened so quickly that my wife and I wondered if it had really happened. But it did.
John
22nd Feb 2014
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Coming up 84, recently changed my Jaguar XKR for the later 5 litre XKR. Bit expensive but that's the nature of the beast. Why get old before your time.
Dhanna sharma
21st Feb 2014
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You are as old as you feel. Enjoy driving any car big or small. As long as you eye sight and health is in good shape. I will be 73 on Sunday but I still like to drive my s type Jag. Remember bigger the car better the road holding.
Rob
10th May 2014
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Sonata
Discovery
Transit.
Bigger doesn't mean better!
Rebecca Potter
17th Feb 2014
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For pensioners, how about something that doesn't require Road Tax, Insurance, MOT, servicing or repairs, or parking and doesn't use up all your cash or depreciate.....?

A taxi
John B.
11th Sep 2014
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Hi Rebecca. ...cash????....A taxi costs you money as soon as you call one......Driving is chilling out....? I'm 68 and drive a Toyota Celica T Sports. ..on a good day 140mph. ....vrmmmmmmm.
Rob
10th May 2014
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Why not. If you want to throw in the towel that is...
Martyn Osman
17th Feb 2014
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I happily drive a Toyota MR2 (auto) J reg from Tokyo Japan. Brilliant reliable car that does 35mpg approx. 2litre twin cam , good boot space, fun to drive. We also have a Mondeo estate so all sorted.
Norm
17th Feb 2014
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63 now and tend to not drive long distances anymore. My CLK was traded for a very versatile MB B-Class and a Smart car for local trips. No tax, 50+ mpg and cheap insurance. Economy is what it's all about now.
rick ward
14th Feb 2014
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Well Im 69 today,just got the Mazda 6 est serviced its a SL so a bit hard on ride might try a softer job for my big 70,,went for a trip in a Mazda mx5 what with my tin knees that wont be on my bucket list thank you very much had to be pulled out with hood up and could not stretch my legs out,,like my 2L diesel for M/way driving get about 57mpg on crusie control,,,nice
Rob
10th May 2014
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I know how you felt. I was mid 40s and used to consider getting out of my Elise on my hands and knees!
rod couzens
13th Feb 2014
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Late 60s bodily, mentally late 20s ford puma cos it looks nice and drives nice, and mgf cos it looks nice and drives nice......simples .likely to keep em both as long as I can get in and out
Peppy
5th Feb 2014
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Well we have a car for all seasons , a Mondeo for motorway travel , aand a Mazda sports car for sunny and leisure days out. My faithful Fiesta has recently been replaced with a new shopper Chevrolet Spark . Which has many smart features and is easy to park, and has a road tax of only £30 a year .. All cars can be insured at the sme time on the one policy ,and with limited miles on each , and the age of the cars taken into account is quite economical.
julian ruddock
31st Jan 2014
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74 coming up 75 traded my audi convertable for my current mercedes convertable two years ago and we are traveling to france in it in july,last years holiday was in sicily and driving in palermo was taxing!, my wife of 50 years has fiesta -still batting !
david low
28th Jan 2014
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I am 65 and just had quad bypass surgery. Just bought mk 1 Discovery to keep me amused in retirement. You are as old as you feel. Watch out world, the baby boomers are back. Old is for wimps.
Brian Britten
13th May 2014
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Good luck for the future, David.
I recall waking up in a Northampton heart ward back in 08 learning that I had had a heart attack, mainly due to a nurse not realising that she had punctured an arteriole that had reduced my blood levels to below par!
I watched all the other patients whisking off for their stents etc but because of difficult areas to reach I am surviving on a drug regime.
Every day is a bonus but I have lived a long life so far despite numerous 'emergencies'
Best wishes,
Rob
10th May 2014
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One advantage of driving a Disco, is if you happen to have a 'senior' moment whilst driving and find yourself in the hedge, you can just drive straight through it...
David
24th Jan 2014
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Drive something you've always wanted - in my case a 40+-year-old MGB. Apart from the nostalgic pleasure they afford, these classic cars are real! When you open the bonnet it'll all look familiar, everything identifiable and in its place. They aren't expensive - think one decent foreign holiday for two - and if they've survived the ravages of time and rust thus far they've probably got a bit of life left in them still. And it's rather nice to have a car once again that one has to care for. My Tiguan languishes outside in all weathers and isn't maintained until its annual service is due. The MG on the other hand sits in the garage being polished and cosseted daily until the rain stops and the roads dry up.
Of course, you have to be able to get in to your classic, and, more importantly, climb out again.
June george
23rd Jan 2014
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It was encouraging to read of Denn Studd's current choice of vehicles. I used to own a 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 petrol,which was an extremely comfortable form of transport, and ideal for holidays around the UK, although it was rather thirsty returning (29 mpg). For shorter local journeys we used a W reg Nissan Micra, which, like the Suzuki Sport, fitted the bill really well. I sold the Micra about four years ago and it's mileage was well over 110000 - not at all bad for a 998 cc engine!
I also favour casual wear, something that hails back to the time I bought my first car in 1969 a delightful 1957 tweed grey Austin A 35.
As I approach my 6th decade, I now own a 1.6d Skoda fabia scout estate. It's very reliable, manages approx 60mpg, and has a very spacious boot. I recently read that older drivers are the safest drivers - drive on, Mr Studd!
Denn Studd
20th Jan 2014
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I'm seventy-one; I drive a Volvo S40 for long journeys because of the comfort... but because I live just outside Milton Keynes, I drive a Suzuki Sport (racing), with a loud twin barrel exhaust and Recaro seats. It's small and very fast for its size (1.5L). The two of them cost me a lot less than a new vehicle to buy, and are practical for my lifestyle. (Milton Keynes has over one hundred roundabouts, so the Suzuki's good acceleration helps a lot. Needless to say, I still wear Jeans and tee shirts.
swiftyspo
24th Sep 2014
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I'm on my 5th Swift Sport and loving it. What else is there?
Oh and I' m 76.
Mike Jackson
20th Jun 2014
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I am 67 years old and drive a Discovery 3.
Plenty of room for my Black Labrador and it tows my horsebox with two
Hunters on board with ease.
I have never read such a patronising article.
Mike J.
Rob
10th May 2014
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So would that make you a bald racer, as opposed to a boy racer? 🙂

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