I can't see how you could go wrong with an Acura Legend coupe offered for less than the going rate of a timing belt service on the average car. It might not get you front row parking at the valet, but neither will your "Final 500 Edition" Oldsmobile Alero, and this thing will start every time you turn the key. Find this 1995 Acura Legend offered for $2,000 in Grand Rapids, MI via craigslist.
Sometimes you don't need a car that is the fanciest thing on the block, or a car with an LS1 motor attached to each wheel...this is one of those cars. Slushbox automatic, heater works, power windows, doors, CD/Bluetooth radio.
See a better daily driver for cheap? firstname.lastname@example.org