A few details are in order. the car is for my 17 yr old daughter. why buy a V6 brick when a GT is way cooler? MONEY. also, I don't want a rookie driver to get in over their head and wrap it around a tree. lets see, rookie driver, icy roads, lousy handling car. where does this lead? I would like something in good shape. we have looked at low priced stuff and its crap. beat up bodies, lousy interiors, you name it. and the sellers want top dollar for it too. I know if you search long enough you might come across a deal but this 2 month process is a total PITA. this car looks nice. would new wheels/tires/struts make it ride better? maybe. for about 1K in parts. I think a 7yr old car could use new struts and having nice rolling bits might help the ride.