1994 Plymouth Colt Vista 2.4 liter
Perfect for my needs, and reliable
I bought the car with 113,000 miles on it, and the one time I've had to spend any real money was for a new clutch at around 128,000 miles. Anything else has been extremely minor - like burned out dome and tail light bulbs.
I love this thing and would happily buy another. I used to own a '91 and it was outstanding. Now I have a '94, and just like the '91, it's absolutely solid. Generally speaking, these Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vistas, Eagle Summits, Mitsubishi Expos (all the same car with different badges) are frowned upon, but my only guess is many of them were abused, because both of the ones I've had have been utterly excellent in terms of reliability.
I like the tall seats (so that you drive sitting up, like you're in a big truck), the amount of space in the back is astounding for a "small" van-type thing, the performance is amazing for a "grocery getter." With 130,000+ on my vehicle, the 2.4 liter engine and 5-peed manual transmission still lets the car zip away at lights.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th December, 2012