Thanks PI! I really would have liked to get at least a '97, but I specifically wanted an ex-MSP car, so I got this one.
I think the real test of ANY car whether it be new, used, or whatever, is the 30 day test. Are you still happy with your car 30 days after you bought it, or are you thinking, "man, I really should have looked around a little more".
I'm still fairly happy with it, and the price I got it for ($4500), but it really required a lot of misc. work. It had a horrendous leak on both sides of the dash, which caused me to have to totally gut the car, dry out the insulation, and find and fix the leaks. Also, the exhaust manifold bolts (where the manifolds bolt to the heads) are severly rusted, and 1 bolt on each bank is broken off. If that weren't bad enough, there is no way possible the other bolts are going to come out of there without also breaking, due to the severity of the rust on them. I have new manifolds to put on (for some reason, they appear to be severly rusted as well.... special thanx to Michigan winters and salt on the roads). This little job is going to cost a minimum of $1000 to fix. If I buy new heads, it will be even more.
Sorry for the rambling on and on and on.....
yes, I did remove the spotlights. I really have no use for them, and one of them didn't work anyway, so I took them off. Still have the rear deck lolipops, though!
Mods to date are:
Trans Go shift kit (.093 hole)
new Bilstein shocks all around
new Dayton Daytona SR tires (nothing special, but they look very factory-like)
K&N conical filter with custom MAF adapter
removed mufflers (straight pipes)
Tarus SHO console installed
wired up wig-wags & traffic backers