I've been driving this car for 13 years. I've replaced the timing belt twice as a preventitive measure and kept the oil changed anywhere from 3500-4000 mile intervals. I switched to Synthetic at 200,000 miles and still only lose 1/2 quart between oil changes and that appears to be through gaskets. Original clutch, alternator, A/C, starter, you name it. This car has never "broke down". My daughter rode in this car at 3 years of age and now she's driving it. I should have gone with the automatic trans but couldn't afford it at the time.
Reliability, space (passenger and cargo), and gas milage. Why drive a shoebox for an additional 4 or 5 mpg?
Remove the area on the dash where passengers can place "stuff". Things in the passenger compartment should be stored where they will be secured.