I think Phil and Donuts are on the right lines with something German, the Octavia is a good car as is the golf gt tdi, although on autotrader all the Golfs for around 5k have done over 100k miles, the 1.8t 150bhp petrol GTi however depreciates alot more and a friend of mine still got 40mpg out of it, didn't desere a Gti badge though.
The Rover diesels aren't bad as Nos says, and the 75 is an underated car the diesel lump in that I believe is BMW. Although apologies to anyone that owns one, I could not drive around in an antique sideboard
Originally Posted by codprawn
I have test driven a few Fiestas for mates recently and also drove a 3 yr old one to Newport on the M4 last week - totally gutless and hideous to drive - our old Rover is in a different league.
IOnly 1 car I have ever owned had an engine that went bang - also happened to be the ONLY Ford I have ever owned!!!
Transits are great though.
I don't agree with you cod on the fiestas
The newer ones aren't that special and are weighed down by extra air bags and everything else but the MK4's (pre 2001) are good cars particularly with the zetec engines 1.25/ 1.4 and 1.6.
I have a mate with the 75bhp 1.25 and it is by no means gutless, wheelspins without even trying in 2nd! And that was with 17" alloys on it. Have seen 112mph indicated on the standard wheels. In my book thats nippy for a 1.2, admittably they do rust, but the gearbox is nice and the handling is not bad. No good for towing, any distance though.
One of those Mondeos looks like a good deal, although probably poverty spec.
I need to get out more!