I would stay away from anything European because of cost to maintain. We have had Toyotas and a couple of Pontiacs for our children. They have been good used vehicles. I stay with scheduled maintence and fix anything that breaks. Both of these have run well into the 150K range without issue other than a few sensors. Just make sure you meet and work with an honest mechanic that will check out the vehicle before you purchase to insure nothing major is wrong. Even cars you buy from a dealer....have had several friends that 3 weeks after purchase the car needed struts/shocks, which could have been checked by a reliable mechanic before hand and been part of the negotiation. Focus on brakes, tires, suspension, and check for any leaks. Good luck in your search.