The second car that I owned was a Red 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier. This car was a drastic improvement over my previous car in that it was significantly shorter in length. Sure it was lacking many of the features that the Crown Vic had, but the fact that it was not as long as a boat was priceless.
I had this car for approximately three years and it served its purpose well. It got me through my senior year of high school as well as four years of college. I was lucky enough during one of my trips to school see the odometer flip to all zeros representing 200,000 miles. That isn't to say that that car didn't cause me some headaches.
At one pont the windshield cracked, the ceiling liner fell apart, and the car would just die anytime I came to a stop at a red light or stop sign. It got to a point where I would see a yellow light and slow down to time it going green. Often it would start back up after it died, however, occassionaly I would get stuck at an intersection pissing off everyone around me. The worst problem came when the muffler and the exhaust pipe leading to the muffler decided to just fall off one day. There was no advance warning that this would happen either. It wasn't hanging loose or making funny noises, it just fell off one day. So there I was driving sparks flying since it was dragging as there was a piece of metal that caught it and was keeping from being left behind. It also turns out that the muffler suppresses a lot of noise too. This car was now louder than 10 Harley-Davidsons roaring by.
Overall, I was glad to have the 1990 Chevy Cavalier. It was a step up in looks from the 1985 Crown Victoria and lasted me several years. When I got my next car, however, I was relieved to be rid of the red rocket. Little did I know what laid in store for me next...