Well it's a bit late (I got the car June last year) but I'm now running a 2010 Corolla S. Had 112k on the odo when I got it, has a bit under 120 now, and since I got it it's needed a new alternator, I've replaced the tires (Kumho Ecsta 4x), and had the oil changed twice. It's a perfectly Fine™ car, can cruise at 90 on the interstate (you need to down here just to not get run over!) and I'm going to be paying on it for probably the next couple years unless I can throw money at it once I get this promotion. I paid a bit over 8k and you might think I got robbed, but the prices are even worse down here since I got it! I could probably make money off of it if I sold it. It kinda suffers from the same thing all Corollas of this gen do where if you're giving it half-throttle you're essentially giving it full-throttle, but considering I don't drive like a maniac anyway it's fine. I tend to wait for an opening instead of making one where there isn't one.
In the future I want to replace the head unit with one that'll do CarPlay and Android Auto -- mostly because audio comes through an FM transmitter right now and I get awful alternator whine from it, though navigation on the dash instead of up in the windshield would also be nice -- and install a backup camera since most aftermarket head units have the input for it. They're getting surprisingly affordable but it's not in the cards for a long, long while yet.
Just a question-how far in terms of miles are those trips? A free car sounds great until you consider insurance costs and possible repairs. When my father died in 2006 some people asked me why I didn't want his car. Putting aside that I didn't/don't have a driver's license, I realized it was a piece of junk which probably would cost a lot in repairs eventually, plus as a new driver, even one way over 25, insurance would easily have been $4K or $5K a year. Besides that, for my lifestyle a car is a solution in search of a problem.This 100% the worst car I have ever been in and it is hard core scary to drive, but my roommate only needs it to drive over to the train station or to get groceries, liquor or whatever she puts in her vape. Given that my other friend was living in it, I'm thinking it's worth the $1 + $175 in plates and paperwork it took to do the title transfer.
Roommate 1 is currently being very angry, because she just found out how much car insurance for a 22 year old with no real driving history costs, a thing she never had to think about before.