OK, I know its been done but everyones needs are different, hey
So i have up to £1,800 to get a mile munching motor. Wish we didn't have to have a second car but needs must I'm afraid. First car is a petrol Passat Estate, so not one of them! It will do just under 100 miles a day, major A roads / dual carriageway / motorway. Thinking diesel that does 45mpg. I know the default answer in ford mundane-o, and its definitely on my list, but there are a few others I'd been looking at too. Not too fussed about high mileage as long as it runs well. Will be an occasional bike carrier rather than regular, so not too worried about saloon / hatch if seats can fold down.
Saab 93 2.2 (2003 onwards) - These seem cheap. I'd heard the 1.9 diesel was a bit of a lemon, but whats the 2.2 like? Looking at over 110k on the clock.
Alfa 147 1.9. Yeah, I know its an alfa, but we had one a few years ago and I really liked it. Am I a fool even considering one?? Can get under 100k on the clock below £2k
Volvo v40 1.9. I know nothing. Doesn't need to lug loads of stuff so smaller boot not an issue
Mazda 6 - Dodgy diesels in the early models?
Mondeo, as mentioned
My hearts saying the Saab, but perhaps this is one of those decisions that the head should be in charge of. Skodas, golfs etc seem expensive in comparison. Not a fan of french or vauxhaulls (yes, ironic as the saab is a cavalier in fancy pants).
Would love to hear your thoughts / experiences