I've been looking locally (Western Oregon, Washington, Northern California) for a VR6 Corrado for about the last 18 months. I didn't think I had really high standards, but I've seen half a dozen cars that have been beaten to hell and back, and they're advertised as being in great shape. Stuff I've seen:
- cars with swapped engines with wires hanging loose, or held together with electrical tape
- leaking head gaskets, black oil, or just empty coolant overflow tanks
- cars with 250k miles with original chains where I'm told "oh, I'm sure the chains are fine"
- rubbing tires on GM wheels with lowered coil-overs
- gaping holes in dash where radio/climate controls/vents used to be
- cars with leaks that allow mold and moss to grow inside the car
- poor AC deletes, or my fave -- the heater "delete" in which someone uses pipe at the firewall to return coolant to the engine without passing it to the heater core in the passenger cabin
- cars that cannot start, or that won't idle, or only run if the AC is on
- multiple broken systems; pick 3 of: windows, side mirror adjustment, MFA, lights, fan/heat/AC.
- shredded interiors: ripped seats or just missing seats, sagging headliner, rotting carpet
Maybe my standards are too high. It's hard to commiserate with with these sellers who are asking $4k+ for a dirty, often non-running car when I'm driving up in my 97 VR6 Jetta that doesn't leak, all the stuff works, and doesn't smell rotten inside.
Seriously, if you know of a clean, working, relatively stock, manual transmission VR6 Corrado, PM me. I'll fly to buy the right car, because I'll be able to drive the right car back to where I live. And if I'm smoking crack because such a car no longer exists, please let me know and I'll stop looking.