I keep fancying a Morris Minor - simple to fix and nowt complicated to go wrong...
There is a good argument for going properly old for simplicity, nearly new for warranty and all that without the huge depreciation etc., and avoiding middle aged cars with all the costly tech but none of the good old days reliability, but certain makes defy all that.
The Golf is a great car, if you avoid the boy racer or neglectful owner abused examples.
We bought two identical Pajeros, it cuts down on all the faff involved in maintaining them, and they are sodding old with little to go wrong, and even when they do go wrong you can still drive them home, or fetch it with the other.
When I picked up the first one, I asked a local where to get parts and such, as he had had his ten years. He replied, "I have no idea, never needed anything but brakes done so far".
From experience with Land Rovers, Range Rovers and G-Wagens I would have to say this is the least expensive couple of years of motoring I have had for what we do with them.
There seems to be a thing now where people talk as though any car costing less than a few grand must be a wreck. It simply is not the case.
The scrappage scheme seems to have changed how people view 'cheap' cars, which is a shame as it is fairly environmentally benign to continue using old cars while they have life in them.
I will argue vociferously that a ten year old car, well maintained, will be every bit as reliable as a two year old with the same kind of mileage.
The doctor diagnosed me with hereditary diarrhoea. I can't understand, I wear a kilt.