Name is Derek, I live in the Seattle area and I have been watching/viewing the forum for about 3 weeks now while I have been Evo searching. I am looking forward to getting the right Evo for me, then becoming an active participant in the forums.
I am very worried about buying an Evo that has been beat to hell ... so I have stayed away from those "too good to be true" deals, and those that are heavily modded...
I am going to test drive my first Evo tomorrow, it is a private party seller and he says the evo was not abused (dont they all
here is what the add shows
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Evo VIII
"57k miles, clean title, clean carfax, never been in any accidents. In perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically.
it has no modifications except turbo back exhaust and drilled/slotted rotors. It comes with SSL package which means it has Leather Recaro Seats, Infinity 7 speaker sound system with a subwoofer, and a moonroof.
His asking price is 19000, which is exactly on par with the KBB in my area, and seems to be about right... he also noted he was flexible on price when i talked to him (perhaps i could get him down to 17?) He said there is 1 month left on factory warranty that can be extended (is this a smart option?)
What should I be looking for when I drive it tomorrow? ... I will definatly take it to a mechanic prior to purchasing, but are there any red flags you can think of? I am not very knowlegable about cars at this point so any tips would greatly help.
While i like this vehicle, it does not have the pillar gauges and vortec generators that i was hoping to get, but those seem to be relativly cheap... how hard would they be to install?
Sorry for the long post, I look forward to any advice!
PS - it wouldnt let me upload the pics
it is blue, SSL and has no boost gauge what so ever.