stox - 2/15/2005 7:57 PM
If you are seriously considering it, do the following:
1) Hire an outfit like Carchex to take it for a test drive and inspection.
2) Find out if the service records are available.
3) Run it through Carfax.
4) Be suspicious of a dealer who doesn't know enough about the car to know that it has an I6, not a V6.
Personally, I avoided the '97, it was the first year of the electronically controlled five speed. On the other hand, I have not seen reports of head gasket and wiring harness issues that the '95 and '96 appear to have had.
You still might want to take a shot at the $15K car you found. Make'em an offer, assuming it is in great shape, and see what happens.