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What is the best used diesel car for under £8000?

I'm looking at buying a used car that will ideally be economical, fun to drive and (hopfully) last 5-6 years. In your opinion, what is the best diesel car to buy for under £8000 with less than 30,000 on the clock? I've had some bad luck with cars, and more recently have been forking out a small fortune on a petrol. I was considering the 2008 1.5 DCi 106hp Megane as it is road tax band C, but I have heard they have severe reliability problems.

Asked on 19 May 2010 by HQ Dave

Answered by David Ross
If it's the previous Megane you're looking at then it's best to be aware that it didn't have a great reputation for reliability. The latest Megane looks more promising in terms of long term durability, but only time will truly tell. For a blend of reliability, economy and fun, the SEAT Leon with a TDI engine is a good choice. However, for more choice, consider a Ford Focus TDCI. It's reliable and great to drive plus there are plenty on the secondhand market to choose from.
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