Firstly, thanks to everyone for their incredible help over the last hectic few days and David for granting me early access to the Resources section of this great forum. After 5 hours of driving and 250 miles today, I have paid the deposit on a 2009/59 1300cc with 53k miles on the clock. We agreed a price of £5k to include service, MOT, 12 months warranty and 12 months AA membership. The seller was very helpful and had the car ready on the ramp when I arrived so I could look underneath. I'm no expert but there were no visible leaks under the engine and apart from a few small spots, the underseal was all intact. I can take care of that in the spring. I couldn't remove the wheelarch liners so couldn't check that part of the structure but I did notice the front jacking point had been mangled which had split the plastic end cap. No significant rust where it was damaged and they will reshape it before handover. I'll get some protection in there ASAP. What I could see behind the rear bumper was very clean and not a spec of rust in the boot which is unique amongst the 3 I've seen this week. The metalwork behind the from bumper had a couple of spots similar to those highlighted by Tasman I think. So on to the bits I don't understand: The roof was down when I drove it on a so-so road (no potholes and tarmac was not patched but quite uneven) towards Leeds Bradford Airport at about 40 mph. I thought the wheels had come loose ! The car steered, accelerated nd stopped okay but it was a very strange feeling so I put the roof up and it was a differet beast entirely. Is this usual ? Whilst underneath, I noticed the Lamda sensor which fits into the exhaust, is vulnerable. There's a small protective plate in from of it but some of the small wires are creeping out of the shielding. I might tidy that up with some self amalgamting tape. The clutch biting point was quite low and the gear change felt quite tight and a very close gate. I usually drive an automatic and occasionally my wife's modern Mazda 6 so have no idea what its meant to be like. Having said that, it took around 30secs to get used to and enjoy myself. And the potentially stupid mistake ! There are only 2 grey keys present with 2 x Cobra remotes (which also open the boot). There is no black master key as described by the manual - is this a big no-no ? Finally, on the sill (cill - I never know) there's what looks like a plastic divider midway. On the drivers side its neat and square to the sill but on the passenger side it looks a bit skewiff. Is that anythig that needs fixing ? I have it in mind that it's a lug to jack up on side but no real basis to assume that. I'd be grateful for your advice, however harsh, and look forward to joining the fold at the end of the week. Rob.