I bought this car as a hold-me-over for $300 with 212,000 miles. I have had it for 6 months now and it has done nothing but save me money and get me to where I want to go. I have been beating on this car from day one, taking it off roading, bottoming out, e-brake slides, smashing into snow banks, and just having fun with it, yet it still will not die. $18 fills the tank, drives everywhere, and I don't even think when I put gas in it. Insurance is cheap..no problems. The trunk leaks, I'm not sure if that is a regularly occurring problem or something from the previous owner. Also, my speakers don't work.
I like having the 5 speed, it just makes it that much more fun and fuel efficient. I like the power windows and sunroof. The nice seats.
The cup holder only holds cans... anything else basically spills. The trunk leak and the speakers. The car could also use a bigger battery. Nothing to steer you away from a reliable car.