I just re-purchased my 1994 Volkswagen Golf four years after selling it. It was such a good car and the only car I ever regret selling. I've covered 180,000 kms. in it and it has been solid, with no major problems to speak of. It still looks, rides, and runs like it did eleven years ago when I originally purchased it.
I love the fuel mileage, handling, looks, parts availability, and the fact that it is so cheap and easy to maintain.
The car rides and handles like a sportscar (I installed an aftermarket suspension kit), but acceleration is quite poor.