Well, I think I've decided to go for it. Sent an e-mail to the owner asking when he'd be willing to allow a test-drive, and in return I'll take him where he wants to eat and buy him lunch.
There are street tire classes that allow much more in terms of suspension modification that have lower PAX values than the Stock classes, but the tires keep them in check.
If anyone's in the market, here's a 2002 (along with 2003, the best year) white/red (desirable combo) with 7600 miles.
Drove my coworker's S today. I don't think I really need to talk about my driving impressions with this crowd – you've heard it all before – but the problem is that he decided to get on the Internet and check out Kelley Blue Book. Now he's convinced his car's worth almost 20 grand, and is backing away from his original "15 or 16 thousand" comment and looking to get $17k.
Now, I can see how he feels. The car has under 15,000 miles on it, he's the original owner, it's garaged year-round, it's driven 99% of the time in top-down weather and it's 100% stock. I may be able to talk him down into the 16,xxx range.
EDIT: Also, there's this. $14,900 for an '04. Top needs replacing and it has 77,500 miles on it.
http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/3233777706.html doesn't seem like too bad of a deal by comparison...though 01's have plastic rear windows and somehow an even worse stereo.
Any Richmond TCLers trolling this thread who might be able to check out this car? At the price he's asking it might not last.
Silver on red. Drool. I might have to snatch this one up.
Well, I did indeed snatch it up. Drove up on the 6th to check it out, everything looked excellent except for a bit of normal wear and tear. Took it home with the top down and the biggest smile on my face.
Once I have her cleaned up a bit I'll take some photos. Sebring Silver on full red interior.
I may check out an Ap1 next week. Any advice on what to look for? I have been reading up on the common issues they have but maybe you owners can help me out. Any maintenance that should be done past 100k miles? Also what tale tale signs I should look for in a bad example? Any help would be appreciated.