1. 1986 Volvo 240 DL (2001-2003)
    A hand-me-down from my dad, this car taught me how to handle any problem. It would stall (it was an automatic) on the highway and sometimes not restart. I would regularly have to adjust the air intake valve to keep the car running. The speedometer did not work. It had two speakers. One of those speakers had a short. I had to sit on a pad to see over the dashboard. Somehow, I never got into an accident or was pulled over.
  2. 2002 Ford Focus LX (2003-2007)
    The first car I ever bought. I loved this car like no one should love an inanimate object. It was my safe place. I never had a problem with it. I drove it everywhere. It went to Montreal, San Diego, Miami, and dozens of times to New York. Not to mention countless night drives to nowhere in particular. I was 2 months away from paying it off when a woman named Sharon changed lanes without signaling and pushed the car into its death, against an elevated curb next to a CVS. I cried as a 22 year old.
  3. 2001 Ford Focus SE (2007-2009)
    Same color as the 2002. It was a mistake from the very start. You don't date your widow's older sister for a variety of reasons. Nothing ever went right with this car. I moved to DC two weeks after buying it and within 18 hours of being here, my side mirror was smashed. My passenger side headlight never worked. It spent most of its time with me sitting unmoved in a parking garage until I sold it, amazingly, for $1200 cash to an 18 year old from rural Virginia who raced Ford Focuses.
  4. 2012 Fiat 500 (2012-Present)
    It will never be my first Focus because it will never be my first (vehicular) love. But it's a reliable car that's fun to drive. Plus the interior is red and black so I like to tell myself that if Suge Knight drove a Fiat, he would drive mine.