we bought an 8 seater Toyota Previa about 2 years ago off ebay. £900 and it's fantastic. Diesel, really reliable, parking sensors, seats you can swivel round to all sorts of configurations. $ wheel drive. Just fab. ( bound to now spontaneously combust on the drive
I'm not sure where you are in England but have you tried adtrader? Loads of cheap cars on there. If you specifially need 6/7 seats then a zafira isn't a bad bet. They are quite cheap and (in my experience) pretty reliable.
My toyota lucida estima has a dodgy head gasket too but the last rac man put some german version of k-seal in which is actually china based and it seems to have fixed it... Apparently its a common fault with the imports as the water in japan is really hard and its the limescale that cracks the head gasket.... I love my toyota but i think i will need to replace it, parts are expensive too but you can get some on ebay (new starter motor for £90 as opposed to £300 from garage... Etc)
OMG you can fix a head gasket? bugger bugger bugger,I spent $3500 replacing mine,the damn car was only worth $2000 but due to shit going on I didnt want to take on a new car loan at the time,so replaced the head gasket on my credit card !!!!!! bugger bugger bugger
Anyone got a fix for leaking power steering fluid?