I would start leaving notes on the windows of VX's that you see in your area, then scour the classified ads, and if you find one show up with cash, I would feel very lucky to find one for $2,000 and would expect it to need a fair amount of work for that price, you are lucky enough to live in a low rust area, so most things at that point can be fixed.
Thanks for the advice...I recently stuck my business card under the wiper of one I saw at the post office. =) No callback so far.
I'll agree... if the market is raising the prices on these models, I can either wait (potentially forever) or spend a bit more to get what I want. At this point, I'm fine with either option, but as time goes on, I'll want one more badly.
Random tech question... I saw a VX advertised with A/C, which would be a great find. However, it also said it has power steering, which I didn't think was available... do the A/C models also have PS, or is this a red flag? haven't heard back from the seller yet.
Edit: I posted this second question in anther forum, if that is more appropriate.
Just wondering what your idle issue was? Is it erratic, or just too high/low all the time? Reason I ask is b/c (unless you already know this) your oxygen sensor may be faulty; this can actually cause an erratic idle in some instances. Does your car have a 4 or 5-wire oxygen sensor on it?