Hope she works out to be a reliable buy for you.
Thanks man, it definitely has it's quirks, but I'm stoked. Should suit my needs much better for a daily.
Got it cleaned enough to not feel grossed out sitting in it, but still needs a lot more work.
So I picked it up this morning, drove it home and it ran GREAT for the 6 mile trip home. No overheating, no misfire issues, nothing out of the ordinary. Battery was 5 years old, so we had to jump start it, but I was amazed. Interior was disgusting though, so I spent most of the day spraying, scrubbing, vacuuming; and picking up 50lbs of sequins, crayons, beads, buttons, peanuts, and even some free honey mustard packets from McDonalds. There is even a handful of glitter glued inside one cupholder which I can only assume the glue is old honey mustard... YUCK!
Picked up a new battery from Autozone, positive cable cracked at the clamp bolt while installing it, and that's where things started to go downhill. So I broke out the hillbilly ingenuity and rigged the clamp on tighter with some aluminum foil until I can grab a new clamp or cable. Got it fired up and it has a misfire until it gets to operating temp, all cylinders misfire codes P0300-P0306, a bit of smoke and horrid smell out of the exhaust. Once it gets up to temp, it runs much better, but still smoking a bit and stinky. I know for sure the front valve cover is leaking oil pretty bad, but I spent so much time cleaning today, I didn't have enough light to diagnose anything else.
I'm pretty sure it hasn't had the valves adjusted in a long time, so that's probably part of the problem. I know VCM is an issue on these engines as well. I'll just start going through parts, testing as I go, and replacing a little here and there as I can afford it when I find bad parts. Can't wait to start enjoying it. Room for days and Saga the service dog seems to enjoy the ride as well.
The broken battery clamp complete with aluminum foil temp repair
Interior pics don't really look any cleaner, but in person it's a HUGE difference. Still a long way to go though.