I like these cars, they are cheap to buy. They're getting harder to find. I now have to find old folks with them stashed in their garage.
First I do required common sense stuff. Transmission service. Change timing belt. All belts. Oil and antifreeze.
Seems like a lot, but for a low cost used car, not that bad.
These have never failed me. I find them with a few miles on them, and do minor things to them. And then drive them. Never had any major trouble.
Have had the six and the four. The four is plenty big enough to do anything I ever need. I live in the hills and never have any trouble getting up at a good speed. I have found them to be a low cost, nice car. Even if my friends say what old lady did you steal that car from? It suits my needs well.
I tend to think those that had issues with them were not repairing whatever the trouble was. Just my thoughts. A good mechanic should be able to fix most things in a hour or two, or train yourself to do it. These are basic and simple to work on.