Ordinary mid range saloons from Japan with a decent service record are unbeatable, the best being Honda or Toyota followed closely by Mitsubishi. Forget the likes of Renault, Peugeot, Italian cars of any sort, Vauxhall and others because they all struggle to get past the 150,000 mile mark without a lot of investment.
It's no secret either that oil changes, cambelt changes, radiator flushing and brake fluid changes must be done regularly. They just can't be ignored.
Some folks would sooner pay £750 for some old French knacker that might be shiny rather than £1000 for something from Japan that will run for years if looked after.
Just look at any private hire cars and see where they came from. The guys that run them know what they are doing. Uncle Albert down the pub may well have had a Fiat or Vauxhall that lasted 10 years without him laying a finger on the car but he will be in the tiny minority.
No such thing as cheap motoring, you just have to choose the right car then look after it. A tinfoil filler cap for containing oil in an engine? Meh...
Funds were limited at the time of purchase - and still are. I also needed some wheels in a real hurry. My car does the job I ask of it. I only learnt of the issue with the oil cap recently, so foil provides a makeshift stopgap. I only found the the dipstick was missing yesterday.
There is such a thing as bangernomics.