We bought my first car in April last year. My mom had found it on autotrader.com after days of looking on Craigslist. The owner was a older gentleman who had recently bought a mustang. We got a good deal on it and it runs great. I did change fluids (radiator, transmission) but overall the engine was good. My advice for you is to either buy low mileage or have a mechanic come with you. We are lucky enough to have a mechanic as a family friend but he was not there when we made the purchase. And i will tell you i got my car for $2250 which i thought was a good deal. Bought it with 104,500.