Gutted to hear about the Lag Dave, but chuffed to bits for you with the new arrival.. hope mum and baby are both well!
Never had any experience with mundanoes, we have a free choice (within limits) for lease cars, so everyone avoids mondys and vectras, just because we can!
Having said that, can't see you going far wrong as long as you choose wisely. There should be loads about, so if anything doesn't look or seem right, walk away, you'll find another!
My dad has run two Galants into the ground, first one went to 160K before being written off by a smack up the rear, and the other went to 190K before we sold it on
for a couple of hundred quid!