Automotive ADHD is fun!
Zimm - $3k will get you a pretty nice FSJ, several 90's American pickups, a somewhat rough Disco or a nice RR classic, an 80's Toyota, most Isuzus or Mitsus from the 90's... At least here in California, any of the above will be clean and rust free, passing smog, with all accessories working. This is not just anecdotal. I have never paid more than $5k for any vehicle... The BMWs and all my 4x4's were all under $2k.