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Hi Bob the best for your money is the Ford Focus. You can pick up 03 focus and newer for that price. It is a very reliable car and has hardly any problems.
I find the other cars Toyota, Honda and so on will run around 5,000 dollars and cost more for parts and labor to repair.
I personally bought a 03 focus for my daughter for 2400 dollars best car I ever bought no concerns and it runs great.
Let me know if you need more info.