The most important thing is that the car is fun to drive.
I love the neon. It's the oldest and least expensive car that I have ever owned, and it brings me great joy. My mom bought it new when I was a senior in high school (I am 33 now), and she gave it to me after my BMW was totaled about 8 year ago. I live in new york city, and this is really the perfect car. It's small and easy to park and it's old so I don't really care about dings and the cosmetic damage that is inevitable parking a car on the street. It's a standard, so super fun to drive and it's really good on gas. It's not too expensive to have repaired either. I just really like it a lot.