we bought this aspire new in summer of 1995 for about 10k.
we have now driven it for 7 years and has been the most reliable and trouble free car we have ever owned (owned about 20 cars over 30 years).
the only thing that went wrong with it has been the water pump which needed to be replaced twice. the dealership-installed airconditioning needed repair also. other than that we only did maintenance on the car. no rust at all, engine oil usage is minimal, temp gauge never goes above normal and we live in the desert southwest.
our next car will be a kia for sure (aspire built by kia). we absolutely loved this car and plan on keeping it until it dies.