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Pensioner cars: used car test Six pensioner cars in the test

Pensioner cars: used car test Six pensioner cars in the test

Six pensioner cars in the test

Low-paid retiree cars are the dream of all used car buyers. And rightly, or in truth outweigh the damage? How To Cars has looked around!

Retiree cars are often considered a hit on the used car market. They were usually only in the garage around and have accordingly few miles on the clock. In addition, they were always cherished and cared for. Maintenance backlog is a foreign word. That is at least their reputation. But is that really true? How To Cars has taken a closer look at six candidates!

Volvo 340 GL: Whimsical outsider for individualists

It's a little reminiscent of a stressed vacuum cleaner when the Variomatic whines up the engine of the Volvo 340 and then makes noise at a consistently high speed. Is the clutch grinding? No, that's the way it is. The belt drive in city traffic is convincing, where it runs smoothly. By the way, with perfect traction, because the 340 relies on the sporty transaxle construction: front engine, gearbox and rear drive. This creates an ideal balance and the quirky Volvo shoots faster through the curve than prejudice can follow. Even faster than you would trust the 1.4-liter engine with 68 hp. The unit is a loan from Renault and pushes the little Swedes amazingly vehement. Sweden? Nope, the 340 comes from Holland. Because he ran as a direct successor to the DAF Volvo 66 off the line. Not for brand fans, but the majority of new buyers were retired. Peter Hesseler also bought his late 1990s copy of one of these. Only 57,000 kilometers have come together over the years. Nevertheless, Hesseler wants to separate. Why? He smiles and shows in the garage. There is an early Lancia Delta. Another such exotic.

Volvo 340 GL
Construction year 1990
mileage 57,500 km
price 3500 euros

Conclusion: The Volvo 340 is extremely solid, the Variomatic is fun. Optics and character can only be loved or hated. Verdict: three out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front longitudinal
capacity 1397 ccms
power 50 kW (68 hp) at 5500 rpm
L / W / H 4320/1660/1392 mm
0-100 km / h 15.5 s
top 150 km / h

Opel Omega A Caravan: The white giant gets spots

When no cheap used vehicle was found, the grandparents had a look and left Sabrina (22) their 1993 Opel Omega. The large station wagon had long since become a stuffed object in the last few years and was no longer needed. The manageable 63,000 kilometers he collected in his early years. Sabrina also noticed that soon had to invest heavily in the removal of damage. After being fit, they astonished the hipster qualities of the erstwhile philistine. “In every parking lot I am addressed to the car,” the Bremer wonders. This is ending now. After the Opel has done his duty, she is looking for the upcoming oldie now for a lover – but may not disturb a few first rust stains on the white metal vest.

Opel Omega A 2.0I GL Caravan
Construction year 1993
mileage 63,400 km
price 3490 euros

Conclusion: The Omega A has long become a rarity. Huge, practical, economical. Only unfortunately susceptible to rust. Verdict: three out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front longitudinal
capacity 1998 cc
power 85 kW (115 hp) at 5400 rpm
L / W / H 4730/1760/1480 mm
0-100 km / h 12.5 s
top 190 km / h

Ford Fusion: He was not cool enough

The coolness factor leaves something to be desired. But the rural clientele appreciates the practical talents of the angular Cologne.

“Too uncool,” was the granddaughter's harsh judgment when the grandmother passed on her last car. The “Style” equipment and the fresh Avalon blue of the Fusion could not change that either. The car landed at the Autohaus Windeler in Reesum in Lower Saxony, where the seller Mr. Hildebrandt now pawing with his hooves to “distribute” the groomed pensioner piece in nurturing hands, as he calls it. He knows that his rural clientele appreciates the practical talents of the edgy Cologne. What should happen at 38,000 kilometers? The 1.4-liter is with its 80 hp not just as excessively squeezed. Best chances for many more years with the merger. Somewhat unpretentious maybe, but practical and certainly breakdown-free. Pretty cool actually.

Ford Fusion 1.4 Style
Construction year 2008
mileage 38,000 km
price 5990 euros

Conclusion: Enough kilometers to have no downtime, full maintenance history. So should be a used one. Verdict: four out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front cross
capacity 1338 cc
power 59 kW (80 hp) at 5700 rpm
L / W / H 4013/1724/1512 mm
0-100 km / h 14.0 s
top 163 km / h

Saab 99: Half a century of care pays off

In Motala, a small town on the lake in southern Sweden, this beige Saab 99 was at home for 47 years. Always with a pretty old man at the end. Maybe in a red wooden house like “Pettersson and Findus”. In contrast to the chaotic children's book hero with his clever tomcat, the Saab owner may have been more of the particularly decent troupe. Well greased and peeled out of the egg the two-door is there. Smaller rockfalls were dabbed meticulously, all bills meticulously archived. Not even the factory slides on the Fußraumteppen removed the man. With so much care apparently did not have much time to drive – virgin 73,000 kilometers shows the speedometer, just 1500 per year. That's nothing in the Swedish province. The Northerner has yet to get used to the Central European climate, and the 86-hp Triumph engine is still coughing and swallowing. Correctly read: For lack of its own four-strokes, the Swedes inevitably made use of the competition. Many so well-preserved and original Saab 99 does not exist anymore. Especially not with the original protective film.

Saab 99 GL
Construction year 1971
mileage 73,000 km
price 7600 euros

Conclusion: A trial sitting in this Saab is like a journey through time. An impressive piece of Swedish automotive history. Verdict: four out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front longitudinal
capacity 1854 cc
power 63 kW (86 hp) at 5000 rpm
L / W / H 4355/1675/1440 mm
tare 1090 kg
trunk 347 l
0-100 km / h 14.5 s
top 160 km / h

Mazda Premacy: Parking sensors would have saved him

Great variability, lots of space, solid technology. No wonder that the compact van Mazda Premacy sold between 1999 and 2005 found many fans. No passion purchase, but one who can make happy for a long time. Especially if the first and only owner, as in this case in 16 years, only 47,000 kilometers together. The interior looks appropriately groomed, the steering wheel coarse-pored and the seats taut. You can manipulate speedos, low mileages but you feel immediately. Driver inability, however, can be seen here particularly clearly. Deep bumps adorn the passenger side, progressing rust the impacted wheel arches. Given the required 1899 euros purchase price absolutely okay. Only with the love for the Premacy it suddenly does not work anymore.

Mazda Premacy 1.8 automatic
Construction year 2003
mileage 47,000 km
price 1899 euros

Conclusion: As a cheap workhorse, the Mazda is okay. For more, his overall condition is unfortunately too bad. Verdict: 2.5 out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front cross
capacity 1840 cc
power 84 kW (114 hp) at 6000 rpm
L / W / H 4295/1705/1570 mm
0-100 km / h 12.7 s
top 170 km / h

Audi 100: The pensioner dream of youth

A prospectus, which has been browsed through frequently, a carefully studied price list with check marks and notes as well as a virgin old vehicle registration document with only one entry. In this Audi 100 2.0 E automatic, every retiree stereotype seems to be right. This fits well with the carefully stamped checkbook. But what is it? The previous owner was born in 1966 and was just 25 years old at the time of purchase! Who had the money for a new Audi 100 at that age? And above all: Who, who had the money, wanted such a Rentnerschlitten? To move him then only 63,000 kilometers in the next 28 years? Especially as the smooth-running, but rather lazy two-liter in connection with the sluggish automatic does not meet the most dynamic ambitions of this age group. No matter, buyers should be right. Here stands a rare become Audi 100 of the series C4. Well maintained like a pensioner car, only without the obligatory Einparkrempler. Free from scratches and rust, later classic career not excluded. The missing equipment does not bother. Anyway, almost nothing. The central locking could have been quiet in it.

Audi 100 2.0 E automatic
Construction year 1991
mileage 63,000 km
price 5000 Euro

Conclusion: Rarely long-term car with relaxation guarantee and special history. The price is still optimistic. Verdict: 3.5 out of five.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder, front longitudinal
capacity 1984 cc
power 85 kW (115 hp) at 5400 rpm
L / W / H 4790/1777/1446 mm
0-100 km / h 12.6 s
top 188 km / h

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