Well, after a lot of research, I decided on a Honda Civic LX. As much as I'd love to get a new car, my current finances can just barely handle the insurance and finance payments. So, to give myself some financial headroom I decided to get a used 1996 Civic LX that almost looks brand-new (for a mere fraction of the cost of a new 2004 model). I get to pick it up within the next two hours or so. Man, I'm excited!! At last my first like-new (to me) used car that won't have problems every month!