Originally Posted by markjmd
Get the best, lowest-mileage Toyota or Honda your budget will stretch to, and have the satisfaction of saving money on fuel and bills for stuff going wrong now, plus the added bonus of being able to hand the car to your kids to learn to drive in 10/15 years from now when it's still working perfectly
If you are considering this route, there are a couple of points to consider around honda diesels. my 2.2 accord has recently cracked its exhaust manifold, £500 - £600 to replace this using a good independant garage. The VSA unit has given up recently, that is around £300 for a reconditioned part, plus fitting costs - both are common failures on the accord. The 2.2 diesel is fussy on its oil staying with 0-30 is espensive, about £70 for the required amount of oil for a service, which needs done every 10K.
For fuel economy, I see around 600 miles on a full tank of fuel - 40mpg, not an interesting car in any way, I used to tell people my favourite part was the drivers door release, as it lets me out of it, comfortable, well specced in EX trim and reliable if maintained, but I dont think it will be cheap enough to do your job well.