When I bought that car, it was barely running, thanks to the previous owner. I bought it for $400.
Car didn't have any exhaust. I put it myself spending about $300. Couldn't find a muffler that would fit, so I left a car without it.
Starter was blown. Bought a new one for $80.
Car didn't have any motor oil in it ($4).
No dust caps on wheels ($3).
No gas cap ($2).
Windshield wipers were worn out ($10).
Door handles were broken ($10).
Hatch wouldn't stay open ($30).
Aftermarket shift knob was broken. I put a factory one instead (found it in the glove box).
Pedal covers were coming off. I put aftermarket aluminum covers ($20).
Tachometer would not go over 3000rpm (but the engine would). Never fixed it.
A/C doesn't work. Never fixed it.
Carburetor is leaking some gas. Never fixed it.
Power steering wasn't working and fluid was leaking. I put new power steering belt and power steering seal (may be $20).
Brake system did not have enough fluid ($3).
Replaced air filter ($5).
Rear bumper was coming off. I screwed it to the body.
Glove box compartment's lock felt off when I tried closing it. I fixed it.
Body has some dents. Paint on the roof is scratched.
Inside, cloth has many cigarette burns and is ripped off in some places.
These problems occurred later:
Timing belt started squealing at about 150000 miles. Replaced it at 162000 ($15).
Head gasket blew at 154000 miles. I decided that a car is not worth that kind of repair. Kept it running by changing oil about once a week ($4) and adding seal to the coolant.
Put new sound deck at about 155000 miles. Didn't like the old one ($200).
Changed spark plugs, wires, rotor and rotor cap at 156000 miles ($100).
Changed tires at 158000 miles ($200).
Left low beam headlight went out at 158000 miles. Replaced it ($9).
Replaced battery at 161000 miles ($35).
Overheated the engine at 162000 miles during the long trip (head gasket was still blown). Water pump and a couple hoses started leaking. Replaced them ($150).
A day later flywheel went out. Decided that car is not worth that kind of repair. Stopped driving it.