Well, I snagged an ETC. Black on Black 2001. 49,000 miles.
Here are some observations from my experience in shopping for one.
1. You have to act quick on these. Clean ones go fast. You really don't have time to research the particular car to the nth degree and get every last detail from the seller because in the meantime, some other buyer will show up with his check book open. Particularly if you are searching on the internet and buying long distance.
2. You'll never find a perfect one. I imagine if there was one out there, It would cost a fortune. There's always some compromise which is true with the purchase of any used car. I wanted Black with Shale, sunroof, under 50,000 miles. I settled for Black on Black. Mine is a one owner, very clean, interior immaculate. I attached one pic. I will do the obligatory fluid changes, brakes, etc. The driver's door panel is loose and needsto be re-attached. Other than that I'm pretty happy with it. Drove home 1,000 miles with no problems. A/C works great. No apparent suspension issues. No codes. Engine runs very strong...sounds perfect.
I do have a question though. It came from a part of the country where they salt the roads and it does have some rust on the undercarriage. How much of a concern is this and how can I tell if there are any structural issues. How bad does it have to be before it is a safety issue? I'm thinking I will take it to the local dealer and have them look at it.
Of coure, they'll probably tell me it needs $2,000 worth of new parts.
Now that the car is in a very dry part of the country, will the car continue to rust just at a slower rate?
Maybe I'm just freaking out over nothing. The thing drives perfectly. Aren't the suspension components aluminum?
Could the rust really be that bad in 13 years and 49,000 miles?
It seems bad to me, but I'm used to cars that have been in the SW, California, and very dry places like WY and SD, so I haven't seen much rust.
I'll see if I can post some pictures of the rust.