Car Tuning and Styling Car Forums
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hello, and welcome. You will have to register for full access to our friendly car forums, and before you can post: click the sign up link to register (at the top right) it only takes a moment.
    (If you have already registered then you will need to log in.)

Best car for a taxi

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by obi_waynne, 7 June 2011.

  1. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    35,194
    Location:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 2.0 TDI
    What do you think would make the best taxi?

    Before you all suggest Ferraris and the like it will need 5 seats, 4 doors, be able to cover large distances and be economical to run with lots of luggage space.

    I think the Skoda Superb Diesel is pretty hard to beat as it ticks all the boxes and is a nice package. Any other cars that would compete with this as a great car to Taxi.
     
  2. Jakeymd

    Jakeymd The Torque Meister

    Messages:
    1,348
    Location:
    Ashbourne
    Car:
    Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi
    M5 Touring.
     
  3. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,185
    Location:
    nowhere
    Car:
    shed
    The Xsara Picasso did a good job for me and my family, plenty of legroom as no transmission tunnel to worry about and all three back seats were the same width and independant.
     
  4. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,635
    Location:
    Rugby (expat Preston lad)
    Car:
    Focus 1.8TDCI GHIA
  5. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,185
    Location:
    nowhere
    Car:
    shed
    :lol: nice one!
     
  6. Prince

    Prince Torque King

    Messages:
    6,312
    Location:
    Northampton, England
    Car:
    BMW E36 318is Coupe
    Have you seen how taxi drivers drive?
     
  7. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    2,969
    Location:
    Elgin - Scotland
    Car:
    Evo 8 @ 400bhp
    4 doors you say....... on evo?

    LOL just kiddin, although there is an old scooby going about up here. ACE cabs they are called.


    Id say a 406. They seem to have pleanty of room in the back. Or a Passat. (any one fancy setting me off by telling me a skoda is the same as a passat bring it on:mad:) :)

    The old Volvo is overlooked a lot of the time. The S60 should be roomy enough. My Mam got a V70 D5 last year and that is great on fuel.
     
  8. Fnorpan

    Fnorpan Pro tuner

    Messages:
    176
    Location:
    Sweden, Stockholm
    Car:
    Citroen C3 1,6HDi
    :blink: That bad huh... Same here :toung:

    We got alot of Volvos goin as taxis here, and some Fords. You have a few with Mercedes, Skoda and WV's to but the best is according to my taxi-drivin friend is Volvo S80.

    I'm not a Volvofan myself and would probably go for germantype cars :bigsmile:
     
  9. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    2,969
    Location:
    Elgin - Scotland
    Car:
    Evo 8 @ 400bhp
    PMSL!!! Thank you so much yogguy! :bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile:
     
  10. Loz

    Loz Torque King

    Messages:
    7,667
    Location:
    Wolverhampton, U.K.
    Car:
    MX-5
    A white Peaugeot 406 that can change into a fully tuned rallye car at a flick of switch driven by a French guy called Daniel. :amuse:
     
  11. Prince

    Prince Torque King

    Messages:
    6,312
    Location:
    Northampton, England
    Car:
    BMW E36 318is Coupe
    Could you imagine getting that taxi home after a night on the booze...
     
  12. Loz

    Loz Torque King

    Messages:
    7,667
    Location:
    Wolverhampton, U.K.
    Car:
    MX-5
    I think you may lose you kabab. :D
     
  13. aston

    aston The Torque Meister

    Messages:
    1,238
    Location:
    Near Salisbury, Wiltshire
    Car:
    FORD,VOLVO,MERC,MAZ
    It would have to be a car which is super comfortable for the driver and passengers, a car which is cheap to run, a very low depreciation curve, and something exclusive and so smart that people walk past other cabs to get into yours, BMW 520d or Mercedes E220 CDI
     
  14. Maxy

    Maxy Banned

    Messages:
    49
    Location:
    USA
    Car:
    Jaguar XK
    If the cash Toran is a great program in its seven-seater must think cabbys xtray Dosh. Other wise go for Skoda. Because Skoda are as popular here with the drivers.
     
  15. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,635
    Location:
    Rugby (expat Preston lad)
    Car:
    Focus 1.8TDCI GHIA
    Skoda's are just like passats.

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1
    .
    .
    .
     
  16. Prince

    Prince Torque King

    Messages:
    6,312
    Location:
    Northampton, England
    Car:
    BMW E36 318is Coupe
    I think most people are missing the point that (in the UK - can't talk for anywhere else) taxis are often driven badly by foreign drivers and the passengers tend to be drunk (more people take a taxi home from a night out than any other place).

    With that in mind, something cheap to run and buy that's reliable.
     
  17. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC Professional

    Messages:
    13,087
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire UK
    Car:
    Passat 2.0 TDi 170
    Something easy to clean inside as well.
     
  18. pikey motorsports

    pikey motorsports Track Warrior

    Messages:
    604
    Location:
    hampshire
    Car:
    None! 04 GSXR 600
    when i was a PH driver i had the following cars, all hired from company:

    Mondeo saloon Aspen - Crap, half decent MPG but broke down repeatedly
    Mondeo ST24 - Awesome fun to drive but as above with worse economy
    Skoda Octavia 1.9SDI - Reliable, great MPG, slow as hell
    Skoda octavia 1.9 TDI - Reliable, great mpg and nippy enough for a cab!
    Vaux Cavalier SRI - reliable, rubbish MPG, very good fun to drive!
    Vaux vectra V6 - Reliable, nice to drive, not too bad on juice surprisingly
    VW passat Estate 1.9TDI 130, remapped to 155 - Favourite of the lot. lovely to drive, great MPG, loads of legroom, loads luggage space for wheelchairs/prams etc

    I liked the passat so much i ended up buying it, and would probably still have it now if it wasnt for some tit in a subaru hitting it at 60mph whilst it was parked stationary outside my old flat!

    People being sick used to finish the night off nicely, so long as you could actually get the £50 fine out of them! Although i once had a rather extreme case...
    I had a woman once who puked in the cab, and unbeknownst to me had actually pissed herself, said she didnt have her purse and would go inside and get the money for the fare (£16) and the fine (£50). Obviously she never came back out, but, i had seen her get in with her bag, and she hadnt taken it with her when she left....
    Bag was under the seat, And contained £110 in cash, a mobile phone, a chunky 9ct Gold bracelet , a solitaire diamond ring, and a DKNY watch. RESULT!

    I Put a note through her door which read along the lines of:

    Hello,
    My name is Dean and i was your taxi driver last night. On the journey home you were sick in the back and front of my cab, and also wet yourself both in the front seat and the rear. You then left the cab to get your purse but never returned. Well i found your bag and purse, and will be holding onto them until you contact me to pay the fine for soiling my vehicle and your taxi fare.
    This comes to £66, and i will also be charging you a fare when i come to collect my money, so lets call it £75 shall we.
    If i do not hear from you within one week, i will be keeping the bag, and all of its contents as payment.
    My number is: 07000000000
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Needless to say, she was so embarrased of herself that she never contacted me, and i sold the phone, watch, bracelet and ring, then posted her purse and cards etc back through her door.
    I made over £550 from one 12mile journey :)

    Some will say maybe it was a cruel thing to do, but i ended up buying a new interior for the car as she had literally pissed and puked everywhere, no way in hell i coulda cleaned it and got back to work the same weekend!
     
  19. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,635
    Location:
    Rugby (expat Preston lad)
    Car:
    Focus 1.8TDCI GHIA
    Lol.

    Interesting your comment about the vectra v6- contrary to what the clarkson sheep think, I also found my vectra v6s to be reliable and nice to drive.

    As to vw's sdi engines, whoever approved those to be fitted to anything should be shot.
     
  20. aston

    aston The Torque Meister

    Messages:
    1,238
    Location:
    Near Salisbury, Wiltshire
    Car:
    FORD,VOLVO,MERC,MAZ
    l
    LIKE
     
  21. aston

    aston The Torque Meister

    Messages:
    1,238
    Location:
    Near Salisbury, Wiltshire
    Car:
    FORD,VOLVO,MERC,MAZ

    I Have the Saab 9.5 (Which is a Vectra)and can't stand driving it, just not fluid at all unlike my Mondeo, even my vw 1982 camper seems more confident in the bendy bits.
     
  22. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,635
    Location:
    Rugby (expat Preston lad)
    Car:
    Focus 1.8TDCI GHIA
    I think it was the 93 and vectra that had the shared chassis. Could be wrong though.
     
  23. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    2,969
    Location:
    Elgin - Scotland
    Car:
    Evo 8 @ 400bhp
    BOOM! I love it. I'm not going to bite!:blink1:

    But.......You never here any one saying, ''oh, these are good, they are just like a skoda'' do you?!! :)
     
  24. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    3,635
    Location:
    Rugby (expat Preston lad)
    Car:
    Focus 1.8TDCI GHIA
    Not so much no.
     
  25. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC Professional

    Messages:
    13,087
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire UK
    Car:
    Passat 2.0 TDi 170
    The 9-5 is based on a Vectra chassis but the differences are significant enough that you can ignore this for the most part.
     
  26. sportycar

    sportycar Wrench Kid

    Messages:
    13
    Location:
    India
    Car:
    Toyota Innova
    Skoda Superb is a nice buy for a taxi but Skodas have a very high maintenance costs which may not be good in the long run.
     
  27. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    35,194
    Location:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 2.0 TDI
    You have led a very interesting life Pikey! :D I like your style.
     
  28. pgarner

    pgarner TC Founder Moderator

    Messages:
    16,525
    Location:
    Lockerbie, SW Scotland
    Car:
    Octy smoke machine
    true but very rarely does anything big go wrong with them since they fall under VAG
     
  29. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

    Messages:
    2,969
    Location:
    Elgin - Scotland
    Car:
    Evo 8 @ 400bhp
    NO NO NO!!! Why does everyone keep saying this??


    1 - The inteerior falls to bits. Everthing rattles, bits fall off. Cheep finnish. Remind me of American cars

    2 - The flywheels are a KNOWN fault after about 60-70k miles.

    3 - Doesn't matter who has owned one. Or how many miles they have done, after a few years (3+) they look old and tired.

    4 - I have never heard a Skoda's engine sound good after a few years.

    I know they fall under VAG, but Fiat fall under Ferrari. Does that mean you get Ferrari build quality on your Fiat?

    Sorry PG, I agree with you on countless things, but this is not going to be one of them! :p
     
  30. pgarner

    pgarner TC Founder Moderator

    Messages:
    16,525
    Location:
    Lockerbie, SW Scotland
    Car:
    Octy smoke machine
    right all the skoda engines are the same across the group.
    my engine is in the VRS, audi TT and seat cupra R.
    gearboxes and flywheels are the same as well
    alot of the interior as the same as well
     

Share This Page