So after my inredibly long drawn out thread of deliberation, that went from a 12k 330cd to me eventually deciding on a 330ci (via all sorts in the middle), I started to mull over how I was going to pay for the damn thing which got me thinking about my current priorities - that's lead to a complete change of heart! So apologies and thanks to everyone who helped with all the advice in the last thread! I, like most people here, love cars and driving - but after a lot of deliberation, I decided that I'd rather spend the money on other things: travel, my flat, beer... So I still want to change, but I'm not ready to own what was a 35k car quite yet. Looking for something to keep for 3 years or thereabouts - I want something that will just serve me well without any major hassle. While my Mondeo isnt showing any signs of trouble, I appreciate that it may well do in the next few years. So I'm looking at something of a similar size, hopefully better specced, newer and lower mileage. Looking at petrols to inject a bit of fun back into an otherwise boring car, plus the costs/reliability reasons that are often raised around here. Yes, I know how much I've defended diesels and I'll stand by what I've said, but I think on this occasion a petrol is for me. Looking at spending about £7.5k (4k plus mine), considering the following: -Audi A4 2.0 - falls into the same cost/age category as the BMW -Mondeo 2.5 V6 - fancy a change -X-type V6 - dont really like the image -Lexus IS200 - again, not sure on the image and dont know much about them -Mazda 6, probably a 2.3 -Honda Accord 2.4 - probably the preference at the moment, awaiting retribution from my previous remarks about the interior -Skoda Octavia vRS - interesting option, not sure what reliability is like? -Avensis 2.0 - Reliable, comfy and good value. Boring as hell -Volvo V50/S40 T5 - As per the Octavia, plus the image I appreciate it's quite a mixed bag, but hopefully you can see what I'm getting at. So for the last time (promise) - spec me!