If you're that concerned about having an older car, I would choose carefully.
If you aren't mechanically inclined, willing to read a Chiltons, or pick up a Ford Tech manual. Don't waste your time! If your outgoing car is falling apart or has "mechanical problems."
What is going to be the outcome of having an older car you aren't going to take care of and won't know how to work on it.
I feel that it's much more rewarding to be able to do your own work, not to mention saving a metric a** ton of cash on labor.