I haven't been able to get thru to the owner yet, so I'm not sure what is wrong with the engine. The ad just says 'needs engine'. It's advertised for 2,000 - I could probably offer less. I figured $1500 for the car, and about $7000 to get a rebuilt engine dropped in. I haven't seen any used ones in my area that meet my requirements ( black, 5 speed, clean interior) for less than $8500.
I had one of these a few years back, and the top end of the engine was ready for some work at 175,000 miles. Unfourtunately I was rear ended in traffic, and the car was totaled. I've been looking for a replacement ever since.