I do 160 miles a week commuting at the moment (plus a lot of miles going to see my parents and girlfriend) and although my Somerset and Maestro are coping admirably, it's time to buy something a bit newer, especially with winter coming up.
Made somewhere between 1993-2001
Cheap tax band so under 1549cc
Cheap to run and insure
Five speed manual or automatic gearbox
Not too rusty
Hasn't been really neglected
Must have at least some MoT
Budget approx £400
Ford or Japanese (don't like French or German cars from this era)
Have already looked at three cars described in glowing terms which turned out to be end of life scrappers. The one I looked at today (P reg MK4 Fiesta) was described as having a 'small amount of rust on one wheelarch' and turned out to have two badly rotten wheelarches, and both sills were rotten along their entire length. And the seller had lied about it having PAS when it didn't. And the interior was disgusting.
Does anyone have anything suitable? Within Essex or Suffolk/Norfolk would be an advantage.