My 100k mile 2.3-16v has been damn good to be over the past 15k (good lord that sounds like alot!) and 12 months. But heed public enemy, these are older vehicles, and things happen. I was only stranded once, it was a freak occurance where the ignition switch broke in a manner so it just didn't make electrical connection to the starter. The point is, things just won't work as smoothly as on your toyota. Some people call it 'character', others just call a mechanic. I would sugest that part of owning one is working on it yourself. Best of luck, and check out the 16v's, they are many times in better condition, generally have a 5 spd, but are more expensive.
"D.I.Y=> Destroy what destroys you!"