2000 Rav4. It left the factory 10 years ago as of next week. Still going strong, no problems other than routine maintenance.
1996 Ford Ranger. I miss my truck, warts and all. I drove it off the lot and it already had an oil leak. But the dealer fixed it and I drove it happily for years with no problems. It did like to bounce around a lot, though. It handled like... can't think of an anology. A large mass of Silly Putty on wheels? Had to get rid of it because there's no safe place in it for small children.
A 1993 Toyota Corolla. I never had a problem with this car except for some annoying wind noise around the front right windshield. I will say that it was the most boring car I have ever had. When I bought the house I decided I wanted a truck.
My first new car was a 1988 Honda CRX. I paid $12.5k and mounted a very expensive bike rack on the roof. I put tens of thousands of miles on this car driving to various bike rides around Texas. For a Honda it was a piece of crap. The exhaust system was very prone to rust, and the water pump exploded on IH-610 during rush hour. After less than 40,000 miles.
My first car was a used 1978 Datsun 200-SX. I bought it in Pasadena for $4500 when I was 17 and I got ripped off. Remember those stupid louvers people put over the rear windows? I had 'em. The A/C broke down after a year or so, and it got to a point during my senior year in college where I'd have to park on hills in order to start the car. Nacogdoches is hilly, so I never bothered to get it repaired. (I was also broke.) Come to think of it, the car lasted me through college and many miles of pizza/sandwich shop deliveries, so $4500 was a bargain.
I am an oddity in many ways. One of which is I prefer manual. I've never owned an automatic and don't plan to. I'll probably be forced to go automatic once everything on the road is a hybrid or complete electric.