bought the wife a coupe few years back, absolutly great car, lacked top speed 2.0ltr i think, but depreciates like ive never seen. sold it on and lost over 2grand in less than a year. bought and sold privatley
My parents own a Diahatsu Sirion (52 plate) and can't praise the thing enough. Ok the metal is a little thin but mechanically its been spot on. I think Diahatsu are a subsidery of Toyota so most of the parts are shared with other toyotas. The engine in the sirion is a 1.3 vvt engine that makes just over 100bhp and redlines at a silly 7.5k rpm. It also gets loads of kit like aircon, leccy windos, mirrors, folding mirrors, reverse parking sensors, abs and ebd. If your buying new then hold onto it as they do depreciate more than some other cars but they should last a long time. Alternativley buy one that has had a lot of the depreciation already hit it.
Have driven a few Daihatsus and they're fine. A friend of mine overseas runs a fleet of them as hire cars and they're ultra reliable (in a country where proper maintenance isn't always easy).
One word about the Copen. I'm 6' 2" and although there's plenty of room for me in an MX-5, and there's even more room in a Smart Roadster (which I ended up buying when I tried a Copen) I couldn't fit in a Copen. Just not enough headroom.
we're both about 5ft8 so should be ok. lol
thanks for the advice, going to have a look at one in the morning and see what she thinks sat in one.
pearl white with red leather... just have to borrow it in the dark!