Toyota Carina 1.8
Added: 16th of November 2013
This car was bought in 2010 second hand. It has over 170,000 miles on the clock and it is still going fairly well. Have had some ongoing issues with the exhaust but other than that it has been pretty reliable and has only broken down once in the last 3 years. The radio broke a while ago but to be expected for a car of it's age and I'm not too bothered by not having a radio. My only real issue with the car is the size. It is very long which is not ideal for parking and is also not helpful for turning right on awkward junctions e.g. Where I work there is right turn onto a busy road over a stone bridge and the stone wall blocks the view of oncoming traffic so you have to pull very far forward to be able to see vehicles coming from the right. But you can fit an awful lot in the boot (bikes, overnight bags, camping gear, shopping, white goods to name a few) so it's a trade off. It also consumes quite a lot of fuel, so my next car will definitely be something more compact and smaller in engine size as I don't need a big engine for my purposes. I'll be hard pressed to find something as reliable as this though in a second hand car.