I bought the car new in 1995 and have been driving it ever since. Over 270,000 miles and have done only basic maintenance with the exception of the radiator being replaced two years ago. Still runs beautifully; still getting over 30 miles per gallon. Intend to keep the car many more years - haven't had a car payment since the 90s. Garage kept so exterior still looks great.
Great gas mileage; small enough to park in small places yet ride is very smooth. Opted for the 'no frills' model - crank windows, manual transmission, etc. and so far less could go wrong and I haven't regretted it.
Even though it's a manual transmission, the pick up is slow - would suggest improvement there.