A little lighter subject here - maybe we can learn a bit about where everyone is coming from:
In college - I bought a used 77 VW Diesel Rabbit and then after a year replaced it with a used 80 VW Rabbit - Very functional and could actually fit a lot of crap. Probably bought them because my dad had owned Rabbits.
First new car - 87 Acura Integra, 5 speed, loved that car and drove it into the ground. Was only around $10,300 at the time, but being cash-strapped, I opted for no AC, lol, but with the tilt sun-roof it was surprisingly not unbearable.
Currently - 2001 Volvo S60, 5 speed. Enjoy it very much - it is a shame that Volvo and so many others have dropped manual from their lines. It seems like these days to get a manual, you are almost limited to the cheapest crappiest car or the most expensive sports car.
Also currently - When the kids started driving, I needed another car and wanted to go greener - and got a 2009 Camry Hybrid. I took that car over for a while as the kids were forced to drive manual. Though these days, I am in the Volvo more. I am very proud that when my oldest daughter bought her first car - she chose a 5 sp manual - she enjoys driving.
Other than that, some family sedans / vans for the wife that are not notable. I have been holding off on buying something new for myself until such a time when I could get excited about the car (like I felt with the Integra as a kid, or my Volvo 15 years ago) and in 2 short years that time will come.
How about everyone else? - a little tidbit or back story on some of your vehicles would be good to hear.