My car is an automatic.
I bought my car 11/01/2000 and it had only 7 miles on it and now has 117000.
I love the car! It was perfect until the last 2 years. It's had the Fuel Pump, starter and transmission replaced now. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to have it garage kept so the paint is failing.
My Son bought me a new car so I'll sadly be finding a new home for my Sunfire. I'm very attached but just don't need 2 cars and don't need to pay Insurance, Registration and Inspection on both.
If it's well maintained it will last for years!
For my first car, I chose this cute little 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. I had no idea what I was getting into- it was a Craigslist find. I started out with 140 k miles, and now it is at 151 k and still running pretty well. Several cars I've looked at that are newer seem to have issues at this point in the odometer stats. The only major problem I've ever had were the brakes as well as my gear shifter becoming loose. My CD player sucks, and the window motors are going bad, but this is an easy fix. The previous owners said this little champ got them to Arizona and back from New York!
I just love it altogether. It's sleek, pretty, easy to clean, reliable, and simple. I get 24/30 mpg. I only have to fill it up biweekly.
Got this car at 120,000 and now is at 150,000 and running stronger than ever! Beastly in all weather, I can get through a foot of snow without a problem and with good handling too. Decent gas mileage (24-27 mpg). Only ever need to perform minor repairs (exhaust, shocks, oil changes, spark plugs). Ice cold A/C, and engine warms up quickly on those cold days. When I got it the two lowest fan blower settings didn't work, but easily fixed by replacing blower motor resistor. Roomy trunk, I can fit a Tuba in it with a bit of room to spare. Not the fastest car in the world (could only get it up to 105) but it gets you where you need to go. Comfortable seats for road trips.
Roomy Trunk, Cold A/C, Great Handling in Snow, Cheap, No Major Repair Problems
Trunk Latch so you don't need the key every time you want to open the trunk, More Cigarette Lighter Power Outlets (or at least placing of the one that's there)
I got my car new with 5 miles and have had it up to this point. I drove the hell out of that car. It's fast with good acceleration has a sporty look that is totally unique and I enjoyed the interior design. Comfortable ride. It handles well as i drive like a maniac and it has had minor problems (oil leak, fuel pump) but is a solid car. It's a tank in the winter. The FWD got me through many awful WV winters. I would run this car until it explodes if the value wasn't so low. I know some have problems but mine was built well enough to last my teenage rambunctiousness and get me though college as well as take me on many vacations. For the price it is the best there is and I would buy it again...
Sleek sporty look, good engine/acceleration,and the fact that it's 100% awesome.