Above are my two Charades, the red and the silver; third car, the four door, was a loan car.
Both red and silver were bought with around 4 to 5000 miles on each, so were in fairly 'as new' condition.
Red one was chopped in for a Smart Roadster - big mistake, the Roadster is a fairly useless car, nowhere near as much fun as a Cappuccino or a MR2, not to mention being temperamental and difficult to work on.
Still have the silver Charade, getting on for 9 years now, and its recently passed the 35k mile mark.
Spent most of its life in Brighton, but has been used for regular long distance runs up to Staffs, Mid Wales and Tyneside.
Totally reliable, no issues, except the EML light has been 'on' for a few years. Now that the light is MoT fail, will need to get it sorted. As with Rave's example, its the second downstream sensor that's indicated, so will have to switch it off come the test, and see what happens.
Heaviest load its carried so far is a 2CV engine from Redditch to North Staffs, nee botha, man.
In a hurry one lunchtime, I jacked it up in the wrong place, and damaged the radiator, so replacement was fitted. Eventually.
The 4 door loan car was from Clarion Cars in West Worthing, who were once Daihatsu dealers. At the time in 2014, it had covered 130 odd thousand miles, and was still as sweet as a nut; brilliant. An automatic, too; just like driving an old Issigonis auto Mini, or a dodgem car; really really great fun around town. Last time I checked on line, it's still on the road with around 145k on it!
They're all great fun cars, very well made, characterful, comfortable, easy to work on, spacious inside, and very very cheap to run.
Genuinely found both to be more real world fun than a nearly new Panda 100 I owned some time ago; mind, my boggo 950cc AX was much more fun than the bloody Panda, FFS!
Have kept careful mpg records over the years, here are some findings:
Medium to fast run Brighton to North Staffs, up the A5 = 58mpg
Mid Wales mountain road tour in winter conditions = 62mpg
Local touring around East Sussex/Romney Marsh = 61mpg
Fast run Sunderland to Brighton = 47mpg
M40 motorway flat out, full throttle (not exceeding 70mph) = 42mpg