it has 300k miles(likely not original drivetrain), missing timing cover, and one ripped cv boot
it also has perfect a/c, fairly new clutch, good body, and good interior
it runs and shifts great
tires are decent and can wait a bit
even w/ the mileage kbb has excellent condition at nearly $1500
there was another that sold w/ the asking price of $2k(unsure of actual sale of course)
If I can weigh in on negotiation, first rule of negotiation, find the sellers bottom and to attempt that, have two friends, contact the seller, with what you think is a "very nice Bottom Price", work the seller until they bottom out, then have your friend, write and say, I need to think about it for a month. Then have the second friend, take the absolute bottom, which the seller thought they had for sure but now lost, then have the second friend bid $500 lower than the absolute lowest the first friend got and let the seller, inch by inch, pull the price up. When the second working session is finished, you know what absolute bottom is, call the seller, tell him you have saved for 6 months, all you have is $200 less than what you know his or her absolute bottom is and then let them split the difference. Then they are not angry of you, because the other two people were not you and they gave you the car, for the rarest of absolute bottom dollar. This technique is called 1st, 2nd, 3rd Base then Home Run!