I looked at a number of cars before buying my Cavalier 1996. Its price was great and condition pretty good. It drives very well. I had to replace the gas tank (got a used one for a good price and free labor). Overall a very good car.
Favourite features: I like the overall design of the car, interior, the seats were rather hard so i padded them with a massaging cushion and seat covers. Now it feels very comfortable and both sexy and chic.
Sand rust spots, and paint and spray with rustcheck once or twice a year. Remember to spray all the body and tubes underneath the car. It will save you lots of stress, headache and money too.