My car now has 165000 miles on it without having any major difficulties.
The car has never left me stranded.
No frills = nothing to break
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, the water pump and timing belt are a pain in the neck to change.
The Idle Air Control Valve went out on my car, as did the Throttle Positioning Sensor.
The input shaft bearing went out in the transmission, which I rebuilt at about 160K.
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