I'd take this car refurbished over a new one. 5-speed manual shifts okay (except balky in 1st), plenty of spunk. Okay w/ routine maintenance but last 5 years had to replace alternator (w/ core charge refund it wasn't much), belt tensioner, and radiator (less than $100, home installation). Have had suspension work done. Factory tires were weak link. Trunk space is good and very comfortable positioning for short driver (I'm 5'2"). Now at over 150,000 miles starting to show it's age but I still love this car.
Trunk space, responsive shifting, reliability.
Sound system, better qualify finishes - tachometer needle fell off, passenger- side mirror detached and had to be removed, driver's side visor snapped off at the hinge pin.