Not reliable. Spend like $3500 for a 2001-2002 Honda CRV with like 70,000 miles. It's your best bet.
Mine I bought for $3600 and it's lasted me 80,000 miles with almost no issues and cheap parts
Saving a dollar tomorrow is better than saving a penny today. Wise words my dude
Buy a car at that price range and you'll be spending $5000-$6000 within a year just to keep it running
Are there exceptions? Sure. But play the odds in your favor, not against you. Don't try to be the exception. You're not special, bro. None of us are. You gotta be smart to get ahead