My father picked up my 2001 Ford Focus SE for $750 last November. It had 140,000 miles on the dot, and wasn't running. I was home from college (I'm 19, i was 18 at the time) for Thanksgiving, so that weekend He, myself, and one of our neighbors tore it apart and replaced the fuel pump and the fuel line running to the front of the car. After about 5-6 hours of fiddling round with everything, the car was finally up and running.
Almost a year and 5k miles later, and it still runs beautiful. It is now my college car. :P