saw this post, didn't have the time to read thru all of these posts but in general i've gone through the entire thought process too..
going from korean cars being cheaper overall to ending up buying a mazda 323...
pm me or call me if u need to hear more yar??
mazda 323 is really economical..
can't remember but its fuel consumption is good... maybe around 11-15km/l let me check on that...