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VW is deservedly low in all the reliability surveys, so I do not see where that would be a rational choice. Friends who owned them new ran screaming back to Asian or American products by 30k to 50k miles. I had a new Jetta in Mexico and while it had great initial fit and finish, it fell apart faster then a current day GM, and that takes some effort. Same goes for the Audi TT I had as well.
For some reason I have something against the VW group. Not just because of their viciously rough diesel engines. I think it's cos they are too big for their boots like Microsoft. So I'm not sure I want to give them any more money.
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Gotta admit, I was wondering whether I'd get it and regret it. I'll check out those reports.
Gotta admit the handling, space & fuel economy are excellent - love that part

However in the B forum you will find my gripes list on reliability :-)
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get a honda
Hate them.
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My 'other' car is a Saab 9-3 - a hoot to drive. Many of the same "quality" attributes as MB in my opinion. Still quite solid and trouble free at 125K. I like it.
That's in my top four I think.
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The list he proposed is comprised of modern, direct injection Diesels that are not available in the United States. The only Diesel brand cited that US drivers may have an idea about is the VW, although I am not clear that particular car is sold here.

So, recommending gasoline powered alternates probably won't be of much help.

So, what is the mileage for each of these candidates, and what are your needs? They look like MPVs and wagons or at least hatches. And they seem pretty damned expensive. Why no Toyota?

Of the list, it would be the VW or the Alfa for me. Jim
Got a Toyota right now. I would never ever buy another. It's horrid. I wake every morning and pray somebody has stolen it.
The Alfa seems to be getting popular now.
There is no importance to whether the car is practical, depreciates or rusts. I just have to like it and get good mileage.
I need to re-arrange the order. In my current mood it goes like this;
1. Alfa
2. Mini
3. Saab
4. B Class
5. BMW
6. Nissan
7. Fiat
8. VW
9. Vauxhall
One thing I will say is that since I've been thinking about this, (about 8 months). The 159 is the only one that has consistently stayed in my top three.

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^ He's probably a chav - lives in a hovel, because that's all he can find open that's affordable, and needs a flashy way to incinerate the rest of his income.

WHAT, NO BURBERRY UPHOLSTERED CADILLACS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE, GUMSIE?

No, no.
I cover about 46000 miles per annum. My company will reimburse me at the rate of £0.10 per mile, so you see my problem. They also pay part of the cost of the car and at the end of the term I can choose to buy it at a favourable rate.
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