The car my parents owned when I was born was a mid-80's Mazda 323:
It looked pretty much like this, including the paint and the louvers but without the Australian plates (because I'm from NZ). We had that until about 1997 when it decided to die and we replaced it with a 1991 Toyota Camry.
We had this until it became impractical to keep repairing it. Given that NZ is plentiful in used imports from Japan (because of very lax import laws), we briefly acquired one of these:
It was a 2002 Toyota Caldina, a JDM only car which was actually quite rare when we first got it. It became the family runabout for a short while until it became too expensive to fill it up at the pumps. It was sold onto Dad's new employers soon after Mum got her 2005 Suzuki Swift.
It was identical to this until this year when she replaced the standard steel rims and hubcaps with aftermarket rims and performance tires. It's very economical and easy to park, but hasn't been the best car when it comes to reliability and it's a bit flimsy.
So far, we've had a puncture, a broken rear bumper after someone rear ended it, a broken and continuously leaking rear window, a broken boot latch and sticky spedometer/rev counter. The paint is looking a bit tired and the lights are very badly scratched. But, seeing as we really can't afford to replace it, it's going to continue to provide cheap and much needed transport.
Currently, our garage consists of a 2013 Nissan Navara, which is Dad's work ute given to him by the company he works for, Mum's Swift and my younger brother's 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer.