2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this brand new off the lot in 2001 and every mile on it is mine. 156,000 miles later, and I am thinking I will keep it for two more years and hope Chevy puts a gutsy engine in a Cruze SS. 150 HP and 150 lb/ft of torque make it fun to drive. Mileage is amazing - 32 mpg still! Bottom of doors and some other rust had to be treated, but such a reliable performer I am happy to do it. I am sold on Chevy for creating such an amazing car and engine. Does so much so well, and only cost me $16,000 new and fully loaded. Does go through wheel bearings, replaced window motors like everyone else, but again, is so good it's worth it.
5 speed, sure footed, especially in snow and nasty weather, still looks amazing, sunroof, stereo booms, two cigarette lighters is great for gps and FM transmitter, map lights, never a time that i don't want to drive it.
folding seat, dashboard cracks, some cheap plastics, fit and finish - Bought a 2010 Equinox for wife and GM has addressed issues that have plagued them for years. Chevy customer for life.