Re: i might get a V6 or even GTA
The GTAs aren't too bad on tyres, PS2's could last 20K miles.
My GTA average 22mpg in mixed urban driving whereas my T-spark averaged 26-28mpg.
Long trips around 30mpg GTA Vs 38mpg for the twinny if not thrashing it. 36mpg poss at steady 70-80mph.
Servicing wasn't hugely more expensive, more oil (and better quality) added a bit, but oem pads are cheap.
Its not as expensive to run as you would think, once you have assessed where you are in the cambelt change interval, and ensure that all recommended preventative work is carrie dout at the same time.
e.g. water pump / tensioner pullies etc.
Front Wishbones and front ARB are the main wear items so check the car for clunks at low speed over an uneven surface before buying.
I'm not a doctor - but I really do recommend braking later