Despite the abuse I give this car, it has held up well for the near-13 years I've had it. (Only 104k miles, tho.) I just put on the 3rd set of tires ($135+ ea, gack), and I think the clutch is making whining noises, but really, that's about the only costs besides oil changes I've ever incurred. I can usually take anyone on accelerating from stop with the 5-spd manual T, and I like how it corners (except in wet weather or snow, thank G I live in Cali.) I use it for Home Depot runs, and have carried plenty of bags of concrete and 10-ft 2x4s using the fold-down access to the trunk. And still on original struts. Strangers regularly ask to buy this car from me for their teens.
White instrument cluster, mpg, fold-flattish backseat with trunk access, large trunk, great stereo sound, low maintenance, performance on turns.
Low front end (scrape) a real problem, leaky seals in the engine compartment.