My main question is what kind of reliability can I expect from this car. I know each car is unique obviously, but what are the types of things that are know to go out/be replaced at this mileage? Is 3800 a good price (obviously I will try and talk the seller down)? And lastly, what is your experience with the car? I love the way it looks and all that, but will I LOVE the car?
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3800 is a good price I would say. Things to inquire on would be oil change interval, type of oil used, timing belt replacement, valve cover gaskets, oil pan gasket, spark plugs, and check for any clunky or loud suspension noises as these things can add up very quickly for repairs. Other than that, the car looks in good shape and it'll run perfectly if it was taken care of previously. Since I've gotten mine, I've put 10k on mine (not very much) and I'm at 158k right now. I have had no major issues except for some old worn suspension parts that needed to be replaced. I can guarantee you any other owner on this forum would say there weren't disappointed with their purchase. These cars were well built and last a long time if taken care of.
Unless the trans is seriously messed up or some other major issue, and issues are rare in these cars, I would buy that ASAP as that is a great price on an 00-01. Should be good for 300k to a million miles depending on how well maintained. Hell the alternators in these cars last 400k. What other car has that quality of parts?