Actually, he had an ad that postdated the one I linked to, he must have pulled it after we had the transaction. he had dropped the price further. That'* when I couldn't hold myself back. It'* hard to say what the final $ will be. I got "obo" below the $5500, and that included a set of American Racing Casino wheels. I don't know what they are worth.
Then I have a known issue with the steering pump leaking. I haven't had time to jack it up and see if it'* the pump or one of the hoses. Then there is the unknown issues. I went at this with my scantool, what I have learned here, and experience with my other Bonnes. I'll be keeping score on myself as time goes on. Right now I think it'* a very tight car. High confidence on the engine from the heads down. Tranny is quick and creamy smooth. No funny noises out of the accessories on the drive side. The LIM was replaced at 55K, but I'm watching the coolant on that. The plugs and exhaust showed no signs of coolant burn. Modest KR at stress, but it'* original plugs, wires, O2 sensor etc.
I'm convinced that leaks were driving him nuts. He kept it garaged, but he had the ubiquitous rust stains in the trunk, and by the B columns. When I look at a car I carry a commercial carpet rust neutralizer and acetic acid.. The neutralizer tells me if it is rust, or the acetic tells me if they are just a sloppy coffee drinker. He doesn't drink coffee.
I just used half a tube of RTV to fill the usual suspects for leaks. the surface of the rain gutter flushed to the roof had pulled away etc. Although garaged, I bet he took on water just from driving the rain. We're about to get 2+ inches of hard rain, so I lined the perimeter of the interior with paper, and I'll be able to see where any leaks are sourced.
Sorry, I didn't mean to make this a diary.
I'm really taking crap about the torque stars and the tint. My neighbors are razzing me about having post-middle age bling-bling. I have always thought they look very sharp on you guys cars. So they can bite me.