I started by looking at a 300zx and found some damn nice ones around 9-10K. Plus they got more like 300hp. I'd stay away from volvos tho. Expensive as hell to repair. BMW is a very good bet, good first car and repair costs are manageable (DONT GO TO A DEALER). IDK it's really what you feel the most comfortable about. RWD isnt as dangerous in bad weather as some people might think. You just have to watch it a little more.