If you do most of the work yourself, it's really cheap to own. The key is avoiding the stealership. Also saves a lot if you can order parts in the USA, our online at the very least. Even with tracking, I've spent less on my car than my friends with Toyotas or Hondas.
If you have to, take it somewhere like RMP. Of the places I've been, they've been the best, even off they're not perfect.