Guys, i'm in the market for a new car, I have £12000 to spend. So far, I've managed to narrow my choices down to:
1. Ford Focus ST170
2. Honda Civic Type R
3 BMW 323i, 325i, or 328i sport coupes.
For the money, i'm probably likely to get the Civic and the Focus with about the same milage and in roughly the same condition. Obviously with the Bimmers they are gonna be about R / S reg.
I'm sort of stuck now because, on first thoughts, I really wanted a BMW - lush leather interiour, lots of torque, maximum comfort, exellent buid and love to be driven hard - the down point is that, for the money, I feel it will be quite a high milage car.
Then I realised that for the same sort of money - I could get a nealy new Focus ST170 - fantasic I thought - I love the understated looks, and altho it is the slowest of my choices, it will still be the fastest car I have owned. But then I read about all the problems people seem to be having with it, and that sort of put me off a little - besides, the Type R can do about 10 MPH more, and gets to 60 roughly 2 seconds quicker than the ST. However - what also really puts me off the Type R is the fact that you have to keep the revvs really high in it for you to really get the most out of it, due to it not having very much torque.
I would really value any opinions you guys could give me, good and bad please.