Frank, I'm with you. While my wife and I were raising two kids on a veeeeerrry small salary, we went for 10 years with a Datsun 2-door 210. It was a PITA to cram things and two car seats in that thing. Plus it had like a .9 liter 4-cyl engine and eventually the body rusted just about off, lol.
But it was easy to work on, never required any major repairs, and gave me a good 160,000+ miles (odometer died for 1.5 years before I replaced it). Got us through the lean years.
I sold a '69 Camaro (my always favorite old car) to buy it.
The Camaro had been so much fun that it cost me my license for 6 months....
Now maybe you understand...
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s