Thought I would help out a bit here, first ever review, will keep it short and sweet.
I bought this car for £2200 14 months ago. It had no service history and it shows, its not been looked after well. It had 89k on it when i got it and now has nearly 130k, but in all honesty i think it had done more like 180k, ie clocked. The only modification I have done to it is to fit a pair of HID 6500k lights into the dipped projectors. Being projecters they "project" the light very well with no dazzling to other drivers. Never once have I been flashed for them by another driver, or pulled. They dont have a self level function so technically illegal, although the rules on this are as clear as mud.
Service wise its had one service, on longlife oil, 2 front tyres. Thats it. It goes through sidelights every other month, which is a pain as i cant fit my big hands down there to change them, so i just leave them off, they seem pretty useless anyway as the HID's are right next to them and i never sit in the car with the ignition off to actually use them.
However I think the merits of the car grossly outweigh any of the issues I have had, for £2k the cars been a bargain, heres a list of positives.
1. Performance - not bad at all, a bit laggy, not remapped it, 130hp, 225lb/ft, dont really need to go over 3krpm before changing gears. I always use vpower diesel so no idea what effect this has.
2. Comfort - car is comfy, im 6ft 8 and 22 stone and i only get stretch / back trouble after around 550 miles of constant driving, which ironically is usually fill up time.
3. Diesel consumption - Ive seen 650 miles to a tank before when i drove from plym - aberystwith and back pretty much none stop, not bad for a 55 litre tank, doing 80mph+ on the motorways and caining it round Wales' lovely roads! Regulary see 50mpg average, computer seems pretty accurate. When you think its nearly a 2 tonne car and i have a massive 4 cuft sub box in the boot, a load of camera gear, and sometimes 4 fully grown males with luggage, thats quite amazing. I get better overall mpg than a friend does in her 1.0 fiat thing, and not only is my car more refined (in both our opinions), hers wont go up hill in anything higher than third whilst i stay in fifth
Personally I hate diesels, i hate the noise they make, and whilst i wish i wouldnt have another one again, when looking at say, an a3 2.0tfsi vs the tdi equivalent, the tdi makes much more sense.
I can only think of one disadvantage and thats traffic, my clutch foot seizes up sometimes and the clutch is quite heavy with the biting point quite a way in, in stop start traffic the car is a nightmare, something thats really making me consider a DSG gearbox in my next car!
For £2k its an utter bargain, and its not even worth that now, im probably looking at selling it for around £1k when the time comes.
Please excuse the useless pics. Was new to photography when i took them, went mad with the contrast. The last one is latest.