If the car has received all of the regular maintenance, it can be extremely reliable. I also think this car is fun to work on. *However*, if it has been neglected, watch out. When the small/regular things go wanting, they seem to lead to significantly larger things that can sour a person on the vehicle.
Good advice is to have a skilled and knowledgeable mechanic go over the vehicle for you. I do much of my own work, however, on a purchase, I always like to get the opinion of someone whose skills are significant and whose observations I think I can trust.