Nothing specific, just the guidelines:
Cost of ownership will make all the difference in whether we love or hate any car. Reliability is always important, but don't underestimate insurance and fuel costs. Maintenance gets your attention from time to time but the fuel and insurance are an everyday fact of life.
Get an actual insurance quote on any car before you commit to buying it. Lots of online sites will do that in just a few minutes.You want the surprises to be *before* you buy the car.
Go for nimbleness over power. When I was 21 I bought a used Lotus Europa. 1450 lbs, 82 hp, the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Years later I bought a Nissan 300ZX, twice the weight, twice the power, not even half the fun.
Before buying any used car I check the make, model and year in carcomplaints.com and carsurvey.org. The first one tells me whether there is a common problem in that model and year; the second one tells me how random owners like theirs. In carsurvey 90% happy is great, 50% happy is seriously awful. The limitations of each are the relatively small number of reports.For example, the well-known clutch problems with the Subaru Impreza WRX hardly get a mention in either one.
That brings us to the last part: join an online forum for whatever car you are serious about and ask "Is this car reliable?" The experts (and some doofuses) will be there to give you the info you need.
After that it is test drive time, and if you like it *always* get a pre-purchase inspection from your mechanic before committing money. It will cost about $100 and can save you thousands. If the mechanic gives it a green light, enjoy your new ride!