This was my first car, and it was a great little gas saver. If you plan on picking one up, do it. It was reliable for about 25K miles before I had to put about $500 into a new alternator. Lacked horsepower or an real luxury features, but that's not what you're buying this car for. You're buying this car for a little commuter car than will get you from point A to point B. I thought it was fun to drive. It's light weight almost makes up for the lack of power. Fun through the corners.
I have owned this car for over 10 years and have been very happy with it. I bought the top of the line interior so I have no complaints except that the cup holder stinks. handleing with the 5 speed stick is exclellent. plastic body panels have saved me from many a repair and they still look great after 10 + years.
Very cheap car in everything, quality especially. No competition to Japanese cars. Decent engine, nice acceleration but mine eats a lot of oil and other problems even though the car is only 80K (nothing by the Japanese standards). Interior is as cheap as it can get, roof is leaking, plastic is crumbling, the car is vibrating.
I purchased this car with 83,000 miles on it and now have 220,000. Between then and now, it has been through hot and cold, fast and slow, and has been totaled and repaired and is still highly reliable transportation. The A/C compressor cracked about three years ago, but repair would have been more than the car was worth. Other than this, routine maintenance has been its only demand. Now in its golden years, cosmetic items are breaking and wearing, but it still fulfills its mission: reliable transportation! A great value!