I owned one of these from brand new till just about 80K miles.
Over that span the car was very reliable and no major issues to speak of.
It's got enough space to be practical and the engine has enough power to get out of its own way.
The beams make for horrible blind spots.
The stock suspension is junk and should be upgraded.
The brakes warp easily.
Fuel economy isn't awesome, but is consistent and predictable.
Practical, roomy, good engine, predictable fuel economy.
Better brakes, smaller beams to get rid of blind spots, better suspension.