Karl just called me. He said it looks great. The paint is excellent. Runs good, interior is good. He gives it an 8 out of 10. So right now this one is looking very good for $8800! 2 more cars to look at at this point...pics coming soon.
Only couple things "wrong:"
ding on fender - apparently not too big (not a biggie)
one tiny paint bubble under gas door - unfortunate
normal hood herpes on the underside of the hood
I wish it didn't have the paint bubble. Right now that'* my biggest concern. :(
I have some deciding to do:
I've always wanted an Aurora. If the Aurora is really nice AND has the Audobahn package, I'd love it. It'* cheap enough so I could pay it off in two years, keep it, then look for an 03 SSEi. I could probably find one with lower miles than this one in NH.
The 2001 in Binghamton is another option. It is older though, but has 70,000 miles as opposed to 108,000 like the gray 2003. The 2001 is also $3000 more though. Geoff is checking out the 2001 and the Aurora for me.
The 2003 Karl looked at is in my favorite exterior/interior color choice though. And since it'* running well, I'm not TOO concerned with the fact it has 108,000 already. In a year Id have it up to almost 140,000. 3 years I'd have it up to almost 200,000 miles! It would be nice to have a lower mileage car at the rate I drive though instead.
The paint bubble really concerns me. It can't be too hard of a repair, but then I have to worry about having it done right/having the paint match, etc. I could always get another Bonne without any bubbles, but have it sprout up sometime down the road. Unless there'* something I can do to prevent it from happening. At $8800 though it'* a good car.