Have driven an Accent. Its a great car no doubt. But the ones available is the 1.5 lt SOHC. I wud definately have got one if i had either the 1.5 Crdi or the 1.6 DOHC. But neither is available now. Loved the Viva.
Debayan if you like the Accent CRDI then why don't you get a used one? I am sure it must not be that difficult to find a fairly maintained one. And its available at a good price too which is affordable.
Found a SRV at last. Saw the car yesterday. Its in Chennai. Pathetic condition. The engine compartment looks like it hasnt been cleaned ever. Oil leaks all over the place. But a sound body. Even the suspension felt will last a few more K's. Initially had planned if i could get it anywhere near 1.5-2, will spend the rest in a engine swap. But the damned guy says 4.5!!. With that state of a car!!
Dude, you can consider the old 1.6 Opel corsa - amazing power ~80+ bhp, SUPERB handling. You can pick one up for around 1.25 and get some work done. Mind it tho Opel spares even found would be very expensive but nonetheless this is a superb car - unlimited revving too.
The car is also very performance mod friendly - give it a thought.
My humble opinion – Please stay away from phased out Opels and Daewoos. You can sure manage to buy one of them for dirt cheap prices but when it comes to maintenance and up keep, it is not going to be a joyful experience. Moreover, it is difficult to find well kept Opels these days. Plus, their re-sale value will be absolutely nothing. And speaking on a personal note, I never liked the looks of this particular model. You can better do away with a Lancer or OHC in this much price point.