23. Jeep Wrangler
Although this is not a performance car by any means, the Jeep Wrangler is loads of fun for just $3,000. Not only you can take the roof off and have a convertible, but you can also take the doors off and have a beach buggy. This means you can go off-roading, rock crawling, or even cross the desert. You can even embarrass every modern overpriced SUV model when it comes to going off the beaten path. With a 4.0-liter straight-six with 179 HP, you won’t be the fastest one on the road, but you will be the toughest and the most capable.
Also, Wranglers are a popular choice for modifications. In fact, there are a ton of aftermarket companies who produce almost anything for the Jeep. Best of all, the Wrangler is simple to maintain and easy to work on, so it is great for enthusiasts who like to get their hands dirty. But you want to look for the YJ generation Jeep produced from 1987 to 1995, and the choices are plentiful. So, for only $3,000, you’ll get a decent drive and equipment in solid mechanical condition. For a steal, you can buy the Wrangler and go climbing the mountains.