I bought my car used about five years ago with 42,000 mi. I now have 172,000 miles and it is still going strong. I have delivered pizzas in it for almost five years, and have driven it to 40 states, some more than once. I did have some major transmission problems at about 140,000 miles and had to pay $1750 to fix (I hear this is a common problem with this model year). Besides this though, I have NEVER had to fix ANYTHING apart from normal maintenance (tires, brakes, battery, spark plugs). And I mean NOTHING. It has never left me stranded- even when the tranny went out it made it to the mechanic. This car also gets GREAT gas mileage- between 35-40 mpg. You can't do much better than this car!
Excellent gas mileage, easy to drive, low maintenance cost, very roomy for a small car, fun to drive.
Seems like a lot of people have had the same problems with the transmission- gets dents and dings easily, a little bit noisy to drive, suspension weakens quickly, instrument panel is a bit dim.