Well, technically we're out of the numerically-themed cars, since we're into triple digits and therefore not quite relatable to car years. I do want to mention one, though, that was introduced in 2000:
2000 Saturn LS. Way back, BC (Before Children), the Mrs. had a bright red convertible. She bought it new/used (it was less than a year old and had like 7 or 8,000 miles on the clock when she got it) in 1994, and by late 1999 we were starting to think about starting a family. The convertible was starting to show its age (120K on a Mopar 6-cylinder gets questionable), and we really wanted to trade it in *before* she got pregnant.
We did our homework (which, in those dark dark days before broadband internet was a chore, let me tell you, kiddies...) and narrowed the field down to the LS and the Honda Accord. They were comparably equipped and priced, and we were really having a hard time deciding which vehicle was going to get the nod. Numerous friends of ours owned - and loved - Saturn "S" series cars, including a friend who was a diehard Honda guy who had recently switched to a SW2 wagon.
What sealed the deal for us on the Accord, though, was a small detail. The dealership where we bought the Accord offered the extended 6 year, 100,000 mile warranty with no deductible for a whopping $399. Four hundred smackers to extend the factory bumper-to-bumper warranty another 3 years and 64,000 miles? Sold! Before we pulled the trigger, we asked what it would cost to get the same warranty from Saturn.
$2,500. And there was still a $100 deductible. We went with the Accord and never looked back. The LS series would prove to be plagued with both mechanical defects and safety concerns, and the series was ignominiously killed off only 5 years after introduction. Accord? Still going strong. In fact, before we decided we wanted an SUV, the Accord was in the running for the latest car buying experience.
Even if Honda did sell us an unnecessary warranty...
That is all.