Now I am becoming a proper grown up and will be commuting to work, in due course I would like to swap my riced out Citroen C2 for something more serious and a bit more practical for an 'adult'.
One car I have always liked both for its appearance and quality is the Lexus IS200. My interest was particularly raised when I realised, at my current age, insurance on it is in fact cheaper than my 1.4 econobox. I understand the BMW 3-series is a better driver's car but I would prefer to drive something more unusual, and the early 2000s C-Class...well, that's just a joke .
RWD with I6 engine
Lexus build quality
More unique choice
Expensive compared to German marque used cars
Poor fuel economy (25-30mpg average)
High tax (£245 or so)
RWD in snow = probably going to need Winter tyres
Relatively slow (but still a good step up from what I have now, and it will make me appreciate when I get my more powerful next next car)
What experience do you guys have with the car? What else can you suggest with the same running costs, reliability and luxury? (I am open to all shapes of cars, whether hatchback or wagon...just no French cars please)
Would it be best to buy a cheap, dated one (i.e. <2002 with 100k+ miles for ~£1,000) or a better-specified later model one (~2004 60k miles for ~£3,000)? Also, opinions on buying a Sportcross (wagon/estate) version?
Edited by epoxi, 08 July 2013 - 02:42 PM.