Thanks for the help, X_Factor - I'll look for ScratchX tomorrow. If there's none here then a friend of mine will be able to help me find it - he's got a Mazda RX-8 that gets nothing but the best treatment! Now that I'm riding on new Kuhmo Ecsta 712's (very nice tire) he wants to take me on in Solo II events - he's still pissed that I beat him twice this winter when he invited me to his off-season autocross events
I didn't see these marks when I bought it, although I did spot the small dent behind the passenger door
and the completely bald winter tires. I found it at a repo lot last November, when everything was covered in snow and ice. They don't let you take the cars off the lot for a test drive, but they did let me start it and check out the major components. I put a bid on it and ended up getting the car for almost $10,000 less than the going rate around here for a loaded GTS (assuming you can find one!). I figured WTF, its still got 1/2 of its factory warranty left, how bad could the previous owner have screwed it up in the short time he owned it?. I figure he babied it for a while, then found he couldn't make the payments and just drove the cr*p out of it (bald winter tires!) until they came to take it away. For that much off the price I wouldn't bitch if the clutch was cooked
! The BlackMobile has a good home now - there's a big Toyota dealership here and they gave it a clean bill of health, fixed some little stuff up for free (loose weatherstriping on the roof, broken passenger door light switch). Now it's time to deal with the cosmetic stuff.