Thanks for all of the notes back.
My friend is taking to mechanic today to get a full report. I fully trust the situation - should be in good shape.
Dragan, your question is a good one. Honestly, am buying it for everyone...I think my wife will enjoy driving it and she refuses to learn to drive stick so I think that this ia good compromise.
"tmv" - thanks for the notes on what to look for. I am actually hoping to do some repairs myself and I am sure that this forum will be invaluable.