Buying an economical used car

I am looking to replace my 2002 diesel Mazda 323 which I have had for 3 years and has been excellent in terms of reliabilty. I would like a similar sized car that is economical and reliable. I travel about 7000-9000 miles per year on round trips of 25 miles 2-3 times per week and 200 miles every 5 -7 weeks. My budget is £3000 - £4000. I don't mind diesel or petrol, but prefer manual to automatic. I have been looking at Mazda2 and Mazda3, also Suzuki Swift and Mitsubishi Colt and Toyota Yaris and Auris but am confused by all the different models and specifications.

Asked on 12 April 2012 by S Balcon

Answered by Honest John
You'll be pushed to get a current shape Mazda 2 for £4k, but you could get a first shape Mazda 3 1.4 or 1.6. Toyota Yaris 1.3 is very good (either shape), but much coveted so hard to buy.
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