I bought this car used in 1998 and have driven it hard ever since. It just keeps going. The odometer just flipped to 200,000 this week and I'm thinking of getting her a paint job. I've been pretty good about routine maintenance-- and that's all I've ever really had to put into this vehicle--plugs, wires, brakes, oil. The standard transmission makes up for the 4 cylinder engine. The best part is that I've got no payments and it's dirt cheap to insure.
Gas mileage--averages 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
This isn't a great snow car but a good pair of snow tires remedies a lot of the problem. Oh, and the cup holders are useless.