I'm in love with the 2006 Matrix. I don't own one, but I want one. Problem is my Budget is low and only salvaged and rebuilt titles fit in, or super high miles. I think I trust the high miles (225k with constant fluid changes) over the unknown damage of a branded title. But I'm not a mechanic. I just want a reliable, good cargo space car that's fun to drive, with good mpg. (haha, not so much to ask!)
The other option I found is a '99 corolla with only 150k, but I tend to haul a bunch of stuff kinda regularly and have always had a wagon.
If you had a low budget, less than $5,000, what might you be more likely to go with in my situation?