So my girlfriend is looking for a car to get soon. She's in college, is on a pretty tight budget, and needs something reliable. I'd say her budget is something in the $4000 range, with maybe a little wiggle room, but not much. She wants something with a slightly elevated seating position and gets reasonable gas mileage, but I'd stress reliability as a main priority. I was thinking something along the lines of a late 90s 4Runner or tacoma, or potentially an early 00's Ranger. I've been finding some Volvo wagons and what not, but I'm a little hesitant about reliability. Any suggestions? As penance, here's the sleeperest of sleeper Novas.

Budget Car help?