I do a lot of miles - up to 1000 a week, so it's got to be reasonably economical. I'm getting around 40mpg from my 156 2.4 JTD, so close that would be good, however I can afford to go a tad lower.
It's got to be at least as big as the 156, the bigger the better really.
I've narrowed it down to 2 options;
Alfa 159 2.4 JTDm (preferably a Ti)
BMW 535d (E60)
Remapped the 159 will be around 240, the Beemer around 340 bhp.
I prefer the look and feel of the Alfa, but I can't get away from the power of the BM.
I'd prefer an auto (I'm getting lazy), but I just cannot bring myself to buy an automatic Alfa - it's bad enough that it'll be another diesel!
I'm open to other options - but I can be very picky. I'm going to guess the budget will be around £5-8k. I'm not too fussed about buying high mileage - I'll kill it anyway!