gf just bought a 2000 nissan maxima for quite a bit less than 5k. car has 75k miles. everything works great. brought it to a shop to get it throughly inspected and had the tranny and engine oil changed. only thing it needed was new belts and new light bulbs cos one of them was out and a new alignment.
its a pretty big car with lots of space. very comfortable for 4 people (unlike my m3). and the engine makes decent power. enough to make daily driving pleasant. no weird rattles or anything like that. suspension is pretty supple.
Current: 2013 F10 M5 & 2013 GLK350
997.1 GT3RS (gone)
2009 WRX STI (gone)
e92 M3 (gone)