In Reply to: that price is high.....(more) posted by eric g. on September 16, 2000 at 16:39:41:
Actually, the certification procedure does not specify clutch wear tolerances, but it DOES specify them for tires and brake pads. If those two items are within spec, then the dealer may not replace them. However, since the dealer offered, then you might quiz them heavily, and amass some amunition to reduce the price.
Also, make the purchase subject to your approval of the highest rev stored in the engine computer, and also get them to check the engine software, to see if it's original. Although it might not matter a lot, it is still a good thing to know, and they should not charge you to check this. If you need further info about the high-rev flag, you can search the archives. I'm not necessarilly talking about the over-rev condition, either.
Also ask to see a complete service and recall history.
Also check each and every VIN sticker very carefully. If you see and DOT-R stickers, the BEWARE.
35K seems a bit high. But, you might consider how long the car has been on the lot. My dealer only keeps a car 60 days. After that, they reduce the price for a short while, then sell it to another dealer. You might be able to use this ploy with them.
I bought my 97 with 36K miles, 1 year / 15K of factory warranty, 2 years of dealer cert warranty, HK sound, 6 CD for $33K. Because I work for a "preferred corporation" (Nortel), I was told I'd also get a 500 buck rebate. However, I got the new car rebate of 1,000 bucks, hehehe... that went to adding the Alpine factory alarm, and a Valentine One + remote diaplsy.
For me, the deciding factor was that it was an Alpine / Black coupe with Vader seats, it was certified, and low mileage. I felt that the 33 KBucks was worth the peace of mind, and I knew I'd wait a long time to find another car with all of those amenities. I absolutely love it.