Mileage is my preference, with a complete and comprehensive Service History. Some will disagree on this topic, but I still maintain, mechanical stuff wears out with use, and mileage, in spite of pundits who say things to the contrary.
Mileage is a big issue- Things do wear after more work. However I would say I would prefer to buy a car that has just had its cambelts done, than one that needs them doing.
An older low mileage car is more likely to have been one of two things:-
If its a sporty model - A rich persons toy - pampered and cared for
Economy model - second car stuck in traffic engine running but not the mileometer.
Remember that you can join a motorway in top gear and drive for a couple of hundred miles without using brakes or clutch.
10 miles in town and you could use both a couple of hundred times.
Service history is important also.
Plus which of the two lights your fire?
Personally I like the face lift front end, But I am not so keen on the interior/centre console. Luckily I couldn't afford a face lift so it made it easy for me.
I could have bought an older low mileage car, than mine but I took the car with an extra 30 000 mile on the clock as it had loads of history and reciepts ( and Leather and 16" Alloys and climate and no rear wing , I prefered the colour as well)
Don't rush in and let your head rule your heart- easier said than done.
Bright Yella Fiat Stilo 3dr 1.9 j
iesel Cruise, dz climate, n leather, so many toys
now with 17" claws
Sadly the STILO is for sale, I've now got a Renault Master beavertail
I pop in here to have a look now and again-but don't know what to say
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