This is a fairly decent first car to have, though it has given me a few fits. I got it from my grandparents for $500 with a broken AC unit! So far I have replaced the whole exhaust system, a coil, and other minor tuneup things like spark plugs and distributor and cap. I have put more money into it than its worth, and the check engine light is now staying on (hopefully it's something minor). Honestly with proper maintenance this car is amazing for what it offers. It's quick, comfortable, and it isn't that bad looking.
Quickness for a 4 cylinder and comfortable for any driving situation.
Like I said, I got it from my grandparents and it wasn't that well maintained. So mine isn't in the best condition, but is a great way to learn proper car care without too much worry. With proper care this car is very durable and comfortable.