Thanks a lot for the replies!
As far as the car goes, it has 159,000 miles on it. The SC'er, radiator, brake lines, fuel pump/filter have all been replaced in the last year by a dealership. It has newer tires on it and passed PA emissions/inspection in 12-06.
The three big problems i've noticed with this car is 1- the car recently developed a transmission fluid leak (trans cooling line?) 2- the interior lights don't work, and 3- the pneumatic seat functions don't work, although the regular motor-driven parts work.
The transmission shifts feel crisp as long as the transmission fluid doesn't fall low.
I also noticed that the compass says "calibrate" and doesn't display the direction. I'm guessing this isn't really much of an issue though.
and now the good news: the car is a friend'* and i can get it for 700$... I know it'* probably going to have some problems- but the engine starts right up and sounds good, and the bit i drove it around, it handled real good.
Any of the other SSEi'* i've seen for sale around here havn't really been in better overall condition (trans. leak aside) and still go for 1500-2000$+