I've been downsizing a bit.
Recently sold my 91 4-Runner, which is the only vehicle I ever bought "new," and my 80 Honda 400T. Oh, and the 85 diesel Suburbasaurus crummy. All extremely reliable with reasonable maintenance.
I chose the 4-Runner at the time because it was by far the quietest "small" SUV on the market (audiophile wannabe at the time) on-demand 4WD and decent cargo capacity for sports gear. Also turned out to have excellent towing capacity. However, over time, it was just too damned small. No adult human being could fit into the back seat. Either the driver or the front passenger had to be an amputee. I actually couldn't physically fit in, with my winter coat and boots on.
Suburbasaurus was just too big for hauling my ass and a sack of groceries - hard to find a place to park in the city. And too ugly to show up at a client's house in it. But damn. There is a certain freedom to driving a hulking beast that you clearly don't care too much about a few scratches on... People Get Out of Your Way.
So, sticking with used cars that I could buy for cash, economical, and fun to drive. I'm driving a Jeep Wrangler and a BMW 328i.
OK, so the Jeep is ludicrously heavy for a small car, gets crazy bad gas milieage, wimpy towing capacity... Makes up for it with the fun factor. Top and doors off April - October. Plus, you know, Jeeps are for fags.
The Beemer is the first vehicle I've ever owned that isn't a truck or a motorcycle. OMG. I just think
about pulling on to the freeway and it hops on at 80 mph without even breathing hard. Incredibly fun on the mountain roads. But really, I just bought it for the gas mileage.
The only problem (after I fixed various problems left by previous owners) is that it's so dense with 90's era electronics that are starting to wear out. For example, it wouldn't start last weekend, and I wasted a day and a half going through the fuel injection and ignition systems, before I figured out that the crankshaft position sensor was burned out. But on the other hand, that's a big part of the reason that you can pick one up cheaply. Some little thing burns out and people just give up on them. Sure, the dealer could fix it, but that would cost more than just buying another one on CL.
Oops. Looks like it was the houseboy's day off.