I like my '98 Malibu LS. It's pretty peppy, handles decently, is comfortable for four adults and has a lot of amenities. I got the car in September of 2003 with 21,000 miles and it now has 26,000. In that time, the car has gone through a starter and a set of brakes. Sometimes the car has trouble starting when hot.
Wheel/tire combination, handling, stereo.
Switch to an OHC engine. The OHV V-6 sounds like every bucket of bolts from the '70s.