Thanks everyone for your input
Filters... hadn't thought of those, will pick them up. I had the current ones replaced about 4k miles ago. I'm now at 50K so hearing the brake pads are still good at 160k is great news especially for the pocket.
Plus 3 - by fog lights you mean the front 'puddle lights'? or a separate light for the back? I'm from the UK, been in the US for a long time now, but I recall there was a law to have rear fog lights (which everyone always forgot to turn off). I will check with the authorities in the Netherlands on this. I'm also checking out the panels/windscreen sizing.
We'll be gone for at least 3 years, maybe longer depending on how everything works out. We have always anticipated keeping the car till it becomes no longer usable so I am not too worried about having to resell it during the time we are there.
Edited by Baldrick, 22 July 2017 - 06:25 PM.