The only things that have gone wrong with this car are things that are to be expected with a 10 year old car:
I got a new clutch; it didn't really need it yet, but the used car dealer offered to replace it for cheap if I bought the car.
Front and rear brakes needed replaced soon after I got the car.
It needed a new starter, though this is probably a result of me (and all my friends) having to restart it a lot while learning to drive stick on this car.
A/C doesn't work - this isn't a problem for me since I live in Ohio.
Bumpers need replaced, but that's only because I ran into a curb and then, one week later, ran into a really big rock. Red duct tape is currently holding both bumpers on, and it actually matches the color of my car quite nicely. Since fixing the bumpers would probably cost more than the car is worth, I'll just stick with the duct tape.
This is my first car and I love it. My parents were a little concerned since it was so small (my dad wanted me to get a 1997 Ford Taurus -- ewww), but they bought it for me anyway. It turns out small is a good thing; I can fit in tiny parking spaces that everybody else has to drive past and look at wistfully. The downside to such a small car is driving on the highway on a windy day can be an adventure.
The gas mileage is great; I get around 34 MPG.
This car has been pretty reliable. I'll hate to give it up when it comes time to sell it.
I highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a cheap, fun-to-drive car.