I got my X Reg 25 45k on the clock recent water pump and cambelt change, 3 month warranty, 6 months tax and new mot. For £1400. Add on top of that the fact I spent £350 on a new Headgasket £1750 still a lot cheaper and its only just ticked 50k. Hunt arround can always find a better deal but then again playing the used car market is always a risky business. You never really know what your getting for your moolah.
yes when i was lookin at 25s there were w and x reg ones for around the 2 k mark, so 3 does seem steep , though i am aware of place near mine selling one for 3k but id didnt look at it for this reason.