Models under 5000:
- 2006 Ford Taurus SE
Ford’s best-selling car sheds its controversial styling in a 2000-model revamp. Exterior dimensions change little, but conventional shapes replace oval styling themes and add to head room and trunk space. Front side airbags and adjustable foot pedals are among new options.
Sedans come in LX, SE, SES, and SEL trim, the wagon in SE form. The SES and SEL started the model year as the SE Special Value and SE Comfort models, respectively. All use V6 engines Read more
- 2001 Lincoln Continental
Lincoln’s lone front-wheel-drive car has a V8 engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, traction control, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, and front side airbags. Front bucket seats are standard; a front bench for 6-passenger seating is a no-cost option. Lincoln’s Driver Select System option enables the driver to switch between three levels of suspension firmness via an interior switch
- 2004 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler drops the Voyager name for 2004 and realigns its Town & Country lineup. Voyager is replaced by a base Town & Country model. The balance of the line continues in extended-length form, with a body nearly a foot longer than the base model’s. Base and extended-length LX, eX, Touring, and Limited models have front-wheel drive. Touring AWD and Limited AWD versions have all-wheel drive. Base and LX use a 3.3-liter V6, the others a 3.8-liter V6. All have automatic transmission. A power liftgate and power operation for both sliding side doors is standard on all but base and LX models
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Those that fall under the magic $5000 price point actually built to last and worth driving will likely be a few years older, and likely be offered without a warranty.
On the bright side, owning an older and inexpensive used car outright, that is to say without owing money to the bank, will be a huge weight off your shoulders should you lose your income or face other financial difficulties.