Afternoon all. I've spent what seems like forever looking for a family estate car which will last for a few years, be reasonable to drive, reasonably economical and reliable, and fit two child seats, dog, etc. as well as being bike/camping/etc. friendly. I have been looking at £4-5k, but would go up to £6k.
I've whittled it down to:
I'm going for these mainly because they're bigger and get generally good reviews. BMWs seem to be pricier to service and maintain (although an old 5 series would be nice). Octavia is an option, but would have to get a vrs which might cost a bit to insure.
I'm not going to be doing mega miles (c.10-12k/yr, shopping/local and regular long runs), so am looking mainly at petrols given the age of the cars and apparent likelihood of problems with e.g. DPFs. I wouldn't rule out a diesel, but the balance of opinion seems to favour petrol.
I am out of the country presently, so will have approximately three days next week to identify, test drive and buy the car (long story). I'm conscious that with such a short time to get out and look I need to be well-organised and focused on what I want, otherwise I'll end up being sold a pup.
My question to you is: Why shouldn't I just go and buy the nicest Alfa 159 estate I can find for the money? I mean, look at it! It's lovely!
Any advice from the hive mind?