This was my second vehicle. I got it used, only took it in for routine oil changes and otherwise repairs that were absolutely necessary. I drove it hard and fast, but still got good gas mileage. The thing's still kickin today! Very loud engine, and not very powerful (difficult to pass vehicles), but I could weave through traffic like a pro (without cutting people off)! Exterior wore a lot, interior was simple and wore a lot, and I had quite a bit of trouble with altnernator belts. I miss this car! I still get to see it when I visit my friend. I hope they let me drive it again.
Maneuverability; ability to take a beating (driving hard and fast), and still give excellent gas mileage (25-35mpg)
Engine too loud, needs more power (not that I expect much from a compact like this); ABS greatly extended my stopping distance, making me more prone to accidents in normal Minnesota weather (icey and slushy 9mo. out of the year); low quality alternator belts, exterior, and exterior