My 1997 Corolla has been the only car that I ever owned and no doubt that I will probably let this baby go anytime soon. I had this car for 6 years and it's got over 215,000 miles on the original motor and automatic transmission. I purchased this car on 6/2003 with 52,352 miles at a dealership. The only major service work done on my corolla was a valve cover gasket, timing belt, and a water pump. Other than that, this car has never left me stranded on the road.
The Value Package, Power windows, ABS are good options but the ability to add aftermarket exhaust parts is the most exciting thing that I put on my car.
Add cruise control on all DX models, sunroof, sportier trim package and a better sound system.