Even Without The Champagne Taste, Buying A Decent Car Within A Beer Budget Is Very Difficult.
You’ll either get something old, damaged, or a zillion miles on it. Condition (mechanical condition, not cosmetic) is the most important feature. Forget about what outfit manufactured it.
Old cars have their own weird problems when something malfunctions. Rust, disintegrating; wiring, hoses, bushings, seals, etcetera, cause hard to diagnose, difficult and expensive repairs. An old car can cost you more to keep on the road than a new car.
Think: Geriatric Doctors. Old cars and old people have their own unique problems that sometimes have no clear cut solutions, but rather symptom treatments to allow the car/person to keep functioning for a while and frequent treatments are required.
On a beer budget shopping for a car, I’d go with newer and a zillion miles or cosmetic body damage, provided they checked out to be in fair shape mechanically and safe to drive, over an old car, even if it looks good. 1995 is from an era of cars that has most of members in the junk yard. Newer cars have better crash protection and safety features.