It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's better than eating tofu game also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Time to get cheap. Cheap and dirty. It is almost impossible to find a running/driving car for less than $1,000, but what if your budget is $1500? Most of the cars you find in this price range won't pass inspection (for rust or smog depending on your state) but perhaps you can find something that you would be willing to drive every day for about $1500.
For my money, I'd pickup this 1995 Lexus LS400 that is running/driving with no check engine light, good AC...but...it has a power steering leak. I've been around a few leaky power steering systems in my day and can say that these will sometimes require a new pump, new rack or new lines, any of which will set you back thousands of dollars at a dealer, but only a few hundred if you are willing to turn the wrenches yourself.
You can get a new power steering pump for $150, a rack for $225, and a $35 power steering hose from rockauto.com.
What daily driver can you find for a $1500 budget?