The search for my Escort's replacement is still on. The "Taurui" at the local dealership were rejected due to their relatively high price point (3-3.5k) and their inordinate amount of rust. The 500 was clunky and I think would be needing brake work soon. The Subaru stationwagon has almost 270,000 miles on it, and it's also 3k. It's hard to find a cheap used car around here with little rust and low miles. However, I did find a '97 Toyota Avalon XL at a semi-local Ford dealership, with only 155,xxx miles. Does anyone happen to have any experience with this type of car? Any tips or gotchas about it? It's only 2k, but it's an automatic. I guess it's not often that an automatic transmission is a detracting factor. LOL I really want to get a super sweet-looking '90 Toyota Celica ST, but it's in Las Vegas and has 262k miles. It was a manual, though! Anyway, anyone know anything about Avalons?