I've only owned two cars in my life (have them both at the moment) a Mazda 323 and a Kia Carnival / Sedona. The Kia, although newer (7 years old) has been a money pit. The Mazda's almost 18 years old but besides needing a new radiator, rad hose and battery has been brilliant.*
We're moving soon so selling both cars and will need to buy another when we arrive in Thailand. I know that there's some luck involved, but I don't know if I should spend loadsa money on a car that hopefully won't need a lot spending on it over the few years we have it or get an older car and cross our fingers.
What are your experiences / opinions?
*living in the Philippines, labour costs are minimal. A new steering assembly (rack and pinion) on the Kia cost £20 to fit.