QUOTE(ahchun @ Dec 3 2011, 04:25 PM)
conti cars sure are worth but someone who wan to own that need to understand car further or know more mechanic then it will be fun to drive.
as for saga quality is so so if u compare with altis. different segment. but new car less worry as cover by warranty and normally part only start to give problem after 5-6 years
for altis, if got accident b4 try avoid la. try find the one with less problem on the body work. i believe u more prefer altis. so can just rule out saga and put more effort to hunt for better deal altis. once got it then spend 2-3k for service and change those belts, hose, liquid, and other wear n tears. then it will be good.
my sister owned altis for 7 yrs also. i drive that car occasionally. never give any problem. highway driving quite comfortable not to say the best.
There are some good contis that can be maintained relatively cheap. It's more difficult though, I totally agree. Just saying that it _might_ make sense looking into a model that no one wants to buy (or believes they can't afford it, that way a friend in Europe got a 6 months old Volvo C30 for 50% off list price) as opposed to one that is so in demand that it's more expensive than when new. Resale value with such an old car shouldn't be too great a concern.
In our case we bought a Kangoo... there are plenty of them on the road as panel vans (and some as family MPV), so spare parts and everything isn't too big a concern, but the price is still very low for such a car (the looks obviously help, it's an acquired taste
). Skoda Octavia might be another choice like that, most might not even know the brand, but the engine, gearbox etc. are all from VW, so a VW SC should be able to deal with it and have the parts (it might not be very cheap to service a VW though, hm). The one I've found is a 2.0 with 150 PS, and the Octavia is said to be more reliable than it's cousins from Audi and VW (it's a larger Golf Mk V). (Also I find the car more attractive/serious than the Altis, especially the interior, it's very VW'ish). I'm just saying... keep your eyes open, it might be worth it.