1, you've GOT to have someone take a look at the car for you before you head out with cash in hand. In my search I've been quite blessed with some absolutely incredible BC members that have gone over the top for me and looked at potential cars.
2, don't trust the pictures. All cars look good in a photo.
3, don't let mileage be too much of a driver in your decision to buy. I was interested in a car with only 30k on it. Fortunately there was a member (see #1 above) within a few miles that was willing to have a look at it. The car turned out to be a crap-wagon. Lots of issues with it. Point is, there are cars with more mileage that are better than some with low mileage. And my experience indicates that, with car dealers, price is inversely proportional to mileage. That is to say they'll ask, say, $11k for a car with 70k and $18k for a car with 29k on it. Apparently it doesn't matter that on the $18k car the passenger door catches on the front fender when you open it. Mileage is everything to dealers, I guess.
4, if the drivetrain checks out OK and the body is even just decent, less than $9000 is a remarkable price for a 2003. As long as you don't have to fix anything major, you might be able to live with a few minor problems.
5, "value" of a car is highly subjective. In your area these cars seem to be plentiful. Out here in the west, they're not so easy to find so they command a little higher price. If the car is what you want, the condition is acceptable, and the price works for you, then probalby you should buy it. Doesn't matter what the rest of us think.
I could spew forth with much more wisdom, but this will do for now.
Boosty also speaks with wisdom.