My dad had one of these, and I can say they are a good car, and if you can get it relatively cheap for what you can afford then I think you should. Nothing particularly went wrong with it, and that's with him driving around 15,000 miles a year for around 6 years. Careful you don't nick the tyres though, it uses some kind of "sports" tyres which are more expensive to replace.
(Original post by TeenageDream)
It's not bad at all. I am 20, have been driving for 2 years with no NCB. For a £1000 2001 1 litre Corsa my cheapest quote is £800, for a £3500 2006 Mazda 3 2 litre sport I get quoted just £300 more.
Sorry, but those sort of figures to cover a mazda is stupid.
My other half had a porsche 911 for her second car and I know that came in at under £1000 a year. The boxster that followed it was a lot more, mind...