In all fairness to Tom, I’m basically stealing his answer on his post on the FP. Sweet, vintage sports car for your time.

People immediately think Corolla & Civic or Honda & Toyota when looking for a cheap, reliable car. Most people on here know that most cars today and the past 20 years are quite reliable when taken care of.

But what about those sneaky, hidden gems of cheap cars that won’t die? What cars are outside the typical market of cheap reliable cars but are exactly that?