I'm planning to get a 159, and so far the 2.4 diesel seems like the best compromise between power and consumption. First of all, it is very difficult to find a second hand 159 to my liking (post 2008 sedan with foldable back seats, 2.4, white/red/black) where I live in Germany, so I don't have much to choose from. I found an affordable one (~9000 Euro, 11/2008 2.4 209, 89k km, white Lusso), but it has a few issues, and I am wondering if these are serious problems (attached a couple of pics):
1. It has rust at the back wheel arches, not sure if the amount visible is serious.
2. There is some rust underneath, again no idea if the rusty components will be a problem (I am not car tech savvy, so I don't even know what is what down there).
3. Some rust around the engine, the water pump and cam belt will be changed though.
4. Chipped paint on the bonnet and the rim of the trunk.
rust underneath 1
rust underneath 2
rust underneath 3
Any help, especially if you can have a look at the photos and the video with the engine running, would be greatly appreciated. If it is not this one, I would go for a 2010 2.0 Lusso (100k km, 12.5k Euro, most of the engine replaced 5k km ago) or a full-spec 2012 2.0 ti (135k km, 14.5k Euro). But in the end I wouldn't mind the more powerful engine and cheaper price... just don't want to get a "dog" that's going to cause only trouble down the road within the next 3-4 years (probably will get a new car by then).
Thanx in advance!
PS: all cars are from dealers and include 12 months of full warranty; the prices seem about average dealers' for Germany.