my mate is soon to be selling a 1997 toyota lucida 4x4 2.2 diesel. plenty of room for dogs and bikes, especially with some of the seats removed. it will have 12 months mot but probably no tax and i think he'll be looking for around £12 to £1300
blue and silver with some spangly wheels
sorry but these are prone to headgaskets and are very thirsty
I'd steer clear of Renaults as they have crazy faults although early meganes seem pretty good. You know what went wrong with your 206 so you know what to look for in another. some of the cars above are cheap tax too and all are farely low milage.
any non turbo diesel will be slow, especially any VAG 'SDi' they have about 68bhp and take a year to get anywhere and have worse MPG than the turbo version
early Jap diesels are thirsty compared to Euro models
pick a common engine such as the Peugeot / Citroen/ Fiat 1.9 turbo diesel, service parts will be cheaper - Bosch MAP sensor for my missus doblo is £23 compared to £48 for my VW despite the part number being identical
Fiat Doblo is a bargain and will take dog, bike, house and more - interior is a bit fragile though - Fiat audio speakers are awful and need ripping out as soon as you get in it.