Right now I'm on a loan system with no interest called "Dad." And the Tercel would have lasted. It needed Oil every flippin 3 weeks, apparently, but it would have been fine. I love Toyotas, and I've had 2 Carollas. One lasted from 1991 to 2006 (RIP). The other is being driven by my husband after his Blazer finally crashed last year. It's a 2001. So, I'm on the market again and Toyota is always my first choice, but it's just so bleepin' expensive.
If I made more money at my job, or Matt did, I'd consider a real car loan for a real car. But, it's just not in the cards right now...