Well, after much deliberation and perusing auto websites--reading reviews, specs, owner comments. I've whittled the field down to 2 contenders for my driving enjoyment for the next 5 years at least. It's either going to be the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart sedan with 5-speed. Or the soon to be in showrooms replacement of Chevrolets venerable Cavalier--the Cobalt. The coupe model with a 5-speed. There will be a supercharged version that will crank out 200hp versus the 170hp of the trim that I've decided on. Both look like real good cars. I'm sure I won't be disappointed with Mitsubishi should I choose that. But I have a GM Card that I've been using lately and I've got GM Points to redeem. At least the headache is over and the teeth-gnashing done. They are both sensible cars and since I like DRIVING (on a budget), I can't go wrong. Now, to save up the down-payment while pursuing other endeavors.