Rather than rank them, I’ll just name them by order I’ve owned them.

My First Car - A 1992 Chevrolet Beretta base model. Bought for $1,250.00 in 2005 with 71,000 miles. 2.2 MPFI four-cylinder with the 3t40 three-speed automatic. Slow as hell. No options aside from the automatic transmission, a/c (which made it even slower), center console, and cassette. No cruise, tilt, power windows/locks, or rear defroster. Sold it in 2007 for $1,500.00 with 84,000 miles. I modified it with Beretta GTU ground effects, Beretta GTU wheels, tint, a Beretta GT spoiler, a big/loud stereo, etc. The girl I sold it to killed it. The transmission went out about a month after I sold it. I had nursed it along with a failing transmission for a year. She fixed that but then the head gasket went out. She then junked it. :-(

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My Second Car- 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT1. Purchased for $4,500.00 in 2007 with 103,000 miles. Literally every option the Grand Am could have. I loved this car and named it “Arnold.” It was rock solid reliable (believe it or not). I still see it running around town. I put red decals and such on it since I was 17 and had 17-year-old tastes. Has well over 200,000 miles on it now. Traded it in 2009 for $2,500.00 with 131,000 miles.

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My Third Car - 2008 Mazda3 S Touring Hatchback. Bought with 12,000 miles in August 2009 for $15,000.00. Drove this thing for six years and 65,000 miles with pretty much zero problems. It was a great car. Unbelievable how much crap I could fit in it since it was a hatch. I lightly modified it with Eibach lowering springs, a MazdaSpeed 3 exhaust, HID lights (which I later removed), and red vinyl interior accents. Traded in October 2015 with 76,000 miles for $5,500.00.

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My Fourth Car (Current) - 2016 Mazda6 i Touring. Bought October 2015 for $25,000.00 with 6 miles on it. Named her “Sylvia.” Haven’t done anything to it (and don’t plan to) except for tinting the windows. I’ve wanted a 6 like this since they were introduced for 2014. Love this car.

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Bonus: My Fifth Vehicle (Still Have) - 1995 Chevrolet S10 LS 4X4. Purchased April 2015 with 168,000 miles for $2,500.00. Named her “Rizzo.” My spare vehicle. I drive it when it snows a lot (rarely here in Kentucky) or when there is severe weather with hail forecasted (often). Has 171,000 miles now.

Another Bonus: My Wife’s Vehicle (Still Have) - 2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport. Bought for $23,000.00 in December 2012 with 9 miles. Total base model, front-wheel-drive automatic. Still does damn good in the snow, though. Only options are the roof rails and the Bluetooth stereo. Around 41,000 miles on it, now.

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