bought a 93' ranger for 1,500 off of craigslist a few years back. it had over 220,000 miles on it, and she still runs like a top. you just gotta know where to look, DONT BUY FROM THE CITY. Country boys know how to take care of their shit.
Before the '93 ranger, i bought a 92 buick century for $500 on craigslist as well. she still runs like a fuckin champ, i sold it to my dad's coworker, she still drives it to work everyday. if you want proof of the buick, look at the Newschoolers let's see your whips thread. I am the OP of the thread.
spark notes- just be patient, look everyday, you will get frustrated sifting through all the shitty cars, but if you are persistent, you will find a car.