I bought my first car, a 1995 mitsutishi eclipse gs convertible from a model I met on a plain back from Israel (I still see her in commercials all the time, were friends for a bit, haha) for $1500. It had 45k miles. It needed a new winshield (cost $250), a couple of rotor mounts (not sure thats what they are called, but they were like $500 I think), and to fix the convertible top ($200) so the total cost was $2450. At the time, that clean an eclipse ran like $7000 on bluebook. It ended up getting totalled parked a long while later and insurance cut us a check for $3650!