Another big vouch from me for @Mark92131. It's clear he posts in the spirit of sharing with his fellow 02 enthusiasts. I, for one, have gone back and looked at loads of old classified posts (many posted by Mark92131) and read the comments from users and learned what to watch out for when looking to purchase an 02. There's a big emphasis on community on this forum, and in 02 culture generally, and that's a big part of what keeps me coming back. In fact, awhile back I asked for help checking out a 1968 1600 posted (...by Mark92131) in Portland, OR, one member offered to go out and take a look at it for me. He ended up sending me super detailed photos and notes that dissuaded me from buying it. That's why discussing CL and eBay posts on the forum as a community of enthusiasts is cool, man. There's not really a back door to that one perfect deal on CL, so we might as well share the info for the benefit of all who read this enthusiast forum.
When I finally found my own 2002, the CL post was a few minutes old and the guy already had received a few calls. I got out to Van Nuys to see it as soon as I could. Felt pretty good about what I had learned from reading the forums carefully. Car looked clean and felt I could give her the life she deserved. I had cash in my pocket and was hot to trot so I brought my baby home that very evening. The listing was down before anyone on the forum posted it, no one to blame. But without the shared pool of knowledge (and sometimes BS) that comes out in the banter over CL and ebay listings in the classified section I wouldn't have known where to start to find the right 02 for me.
Thanks to Mark and Repoman and all the other classified posters (and Conserv for the almost daily history lessons)