Looks like you need a higher paying job to get you something decent that isn't going to leave you stranded somewhere 100 miles from home. The emissions on that POS are probably through the roof too.
Not as bad as you'd think actually.
The emissions on a car directly relate to it's fuel economy, with the only real variation from this being if it is leaking internally and burning oil or coolant as well.
Because it is reliably breaking 35 MPG, and is capable of hitting 40 if I drive it just right, the actual emissions it makes are far less than most cars out there on the road. Your own car has a larger carbon footprint than mine does. This car is just new enough to actually have a Catalytic converter and oxygen sensor on it, making use of a late 80s feedback carburetor system.
It's not a matter of a higher paying job, I could replace that car if I felt a need to. But I've had that car longer than I've ever had a woman, it's been through a lot in the time I've had it. I'd rather keep fixing it as long as I can, since at this point the only value it still has other than my sentiments is it's weight in scrap metal.
Mechanically it's all there still. I've redone brakes, suspension, tires, one of the half-shafts is new. Really the only things I haven't replaced yet are body panels and engine components any more in-depth than the timing belt. It shouldn't break down somewhere unless I let it go too long without proper attention, and any car will do that.
Been looking for new fenders for it actually, that way it looks a little nicer. I'm pretty sure the shaking above 70MPH is air turbulence. It wasn't designed to go faster than 55 MPH, and with the body rusting out like that it's likely an issue with the aerodynamics of it that makes it do that.