I was looking for a reliable, low-cost, used compact when I found a listing for an Aspire 2-DR automatic. After reading reviews here I went ahead and bought it. I'm pretty satisfied with it, especially the mileage it gets. It does have a lot of interior noise and could use a bit more pick-up on the 0-60 time, but once it gets going it has no problem keeping its speed up.
Great gas mileage, A/C and it's easy to maintain even at twelve years old. Hatchback and fold-down rear seats makes this sub-compact quite roomy for hauling stuff.
I wish it had an interior hatchback release, a rear wiper and automatic steering.