I loved this car, it has great space for such a small car, and gets great gas mileage.
The standard shifter always worked well, and the 3 cylinder got you going better than you thought it should.
What really shines is the cornering ability, this thing corners like snot and I could take a tight on-ramp, leaving a following vehicle about a block behind as I entered the highway. (Of course, he would then zoom on past me...)
I'll make note that the 92 model I owned prior had venting rear windows, an absolute requirement for a car such as mine with no air conditioning! The 95 and newer models no longer offered this, and the hot air cups in there with no way out on a hot summer day! When driving certain speeds with the windows down, I noticed a loud, low frequency pulsing from the wind cupping in the closed back area, sometimes enough to make my ears pop!
I once got locked out of my car, and the door lock assembly all kinda - fell apart when I attempted to unlock with a piece of wire I found. They are somewhat fragile, as I've made entrance similarly in other vehicles without trouble. I fixed the locks when I got home, took the door panels off and re-attached everything and lubed it all up, nothing was broken, it had just all kinda popped apart easily.
What killed this car was rust. Rust on the front suspension supports. I got almost 2 years out of it, but hard braking for some raccoons playing chicken on a dark back road was the last straw for the body metal. The car made a right turn that it wouldn't pull out of, and the CV shaft pulled out of the tranny and that was that, no more car. Maybe somebody could fix, but I wouldn't trust it.
Watch out for that rust! This car had been parked over a patch of grass by the previous owner, and probably had never been rustproofed. I tried to slow the rust down, I scraped, I painted rust paint, then sprayed DIY rust-check, to no avail.