Haven't had a bad experience other than one of the cooling fan wires shorted out and had to be replaced. Reliable, excellent on gas and runs good. I woulnd't recommend it as a 'family' car, but it's cheap and easy to maintain and works really well as general transportation.
Fuel economy, 4 speed, cruise control, tilt wheel
On the 2.2L, put the oil filter where you can actually get to it! Had to remove the right front wheel to get to it! Whoever designed that has it in for the DIY's.