Purchased my 2.2 CL brand new in 1997. 125k miles later, it's still running wonderfully. I've performed the required maintenance every 7500 miles and it's never had any problem other than replacement of worn parts like brakes, tires, headlights...etc.This car gets the highest rating in reliability. I'm not sure if the other reviewers just got lemons, but driving style, weather, road conditions, and quality of your mechanic do influence how well the car holds up.
Reliability, uses regular unleaded gas (now @ $2.50/gallon!), sleek design,
more power, better sound system (either that or reduce road noise), fold-down rear seats, get rid of the protruding flip-down handle on driver's seat, it traps the seatbelt everytime!