I consider myself a pretty good judge of vehicle condition and potential issues, but on the '05 STS N* I'm looking at purchasing this Saturday, for piece of mind, I ran a VIN check on it.
Lookie there...it is a lemon law buy-back after the first 14 months and just shy of 12K miles.
I can see my initial offer is going to drop from what I'd planned, as they claimed to not have the title, yet it's been three weeks, and they didn't disclose this, yet stated the deposit was non-refundable. Um, if you're witholding information, that's not gonna hold up in court, should we have to go that direction.
It's had two other official owners, since the buy-back, the first being a mere 18 months, but the owner immediately prior to now had it for 75K and a few years. One accident appears in 2008, but it must've been pretty minor (center-rear), 'cause all the silver matched like it should, and I looked carefully for that kinda thing. Silver's easy to see repaints, usually. Actually, any metallic is tough to match, from what I've seen.
The true second "owner" was a dealer in Waco who picked it up at auction and it looks like they drove it as a personal vehicle for about six months and 10K miles. Someone wanted comfort, I can see that.
Well...I know I'm much more tolerant than the average auto owner, but is there a way to find out what the actual, true problem was? It could have been something easily-remedied by a dealer who had a clue, or maybe the solution wasn't available until later. BTDT. Eventually figured out fixes, myself. A drag when you're doing it, but it's satisfying feeling when you finally beat the problem.
While I hesitate for just a moment, the car's racked up 16.5K/year for six years...it can't be that unreliable.
FWIW, the VIN is: 1G6DC67A150179685 and the car has always been registered in Texas. I can see via the emissions checks, 2010 was a busy year for it, 25K miles, most likely in n. central Texas. Relatively easy driving...relatively. I hope they were taking quite regular trips to Houston or Austin.
Thanks for any insight, including what it might have been! I'll bring a floor jack and a creeper, if need be, and roll around under that sucker, looking for whatever....