What's different about them is they rust from the inside out. To some degree that's true of a lot of cars, but E9's seem to be the worst.
You'll see cars with nice paint, no visible rust, then you pop the hood and can stick your hand through the front shock towers. The cosmetic rocker covers don't help either, as they look good, but pull them off and you expose rotted structural pieces. Too bad it's not the other way around.
I'm more familiar with older VW's and Porsche's and for the most part when those cars rust it's fairly obvious. Coupes seem to hide it better.
There's a Rust Prone Area diagram in the Tech Info section of this website. That will give you an idea of where to look when inspecting a car. No one is 100% sure about rust on any car if you think about it, unless you've seen the car stripped down and restored from the chassis up, but you can feel better about it if you know where to look.
Much better description and better pics. I still wish he would provide a link to photobucket with more and better resolution pics. I still like Jabberjaw better.Here is a better description of this car and priced is also reduced.
Barry...threw me as well...check out where that picture is located (to this day) below the shot of Roy's CSi on the LJ Independent Website...at the very least misleading!I put the blame on... jranmann
He is the one that posted the pic of the motor bay from Carl's site..
That had nothing to do with the car that is on ebay.