Alfisti from London
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
81k is a high mileage to my mind, if you're very pratically mindied it may be ok, if both have full service histories (etc..) the lower milegae car should be better.
Also from a dealer if reputable they'll warrnaty the car, if something isn't right or goes wrong you can go straight back to the dealer and get it fixed, worth a quite bit potentially! On secondhand cars something nearly always goes wrong within a few months.
Saying that I've looked at low mileage cars and found them terrible, you need something genuinely cherised, serviced yearly or circa 10,000 miles whichever comes sooner and with a file full of receipts, don't buy on mileage or condition alone would be my advice. Of course budget comes into it, but if you can afford 6k or 5k and 1k gets that difference in mileage I'd go for the 6k car, I bought a 6.2k, 1 owner, fsh, 24000 miles, jts from a dealer with warranty a few months ago in the end for £6200. The mileage was very low I'd travelled to see a few other low mileage cars before however and rejected as they just didn't look very low mileage or very loved so do take all factors into consideration and only buy when all that want ties in.
Places to compromise may be spec or engine. My advice would be to do consider a JTS, they do seem to go for quite a bit less than the equivalent diesel unless you do a very high mileage you get more for your money, it could be the difference pays for the difference in fuel for some years(!), also note petrol is less at the pump now. I was driving a 12 plate Golf GTi before and the economy seems better on the JTS and it's not a disapointing drive in comparasion, the JTS makes a great noise and drives like a true Italian car loving revs. Also note petrol cars are more likely to have been owned by private and enthusiaitsic owners rather than diesels which are often higher mileage company cars. As someone who's had a lot of company cars in the past one certianly treats it different to your own even if you're not silly when it comes to caring for the car.
For 6k you should be able to find 40k or less GTs with a bit of effort and hopefully that'll give you a lot less hassell for many years than a high mileage example.