Can you recommend a diesel automatic for £10,000?

With a budget of £10,000, what Focus or bigger-sized diesel auto would you recommend secondhand? I'm running 30,000 miles per year, so it shouldn't be too expensive to run in fuel/parts, and needs to be reliable.

Asked on 14 September 2013 by AF, via email

Answered by Honest John
Against your saving in fuel costs you're going to have to put things like a new DPF every three years or so unless you run the risk of having it removed. But probably a Hyundai i30 1.6CRDI auto or KIA cee'd 1.6CRDI auto. Chain cam engines. And if you get one built before spring 2010 it probably won't have a DPF.
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