There is no external rust, the only rust is on the top of the left front shock tower under the hood. Common problem with 1996 - 2000 Dodge / Chrysler Minivans because of their 2-tiered construction. We bought the car with this known issue in January 2008 and it has not progressed since we have owned the car. I have gotten repair estimates from $300 - $500 at Midas if I wanted to have it fixed, but it has not gotten to the point to be repaired at this point in time. The cost of the repair kit is anywhere between $30 - $100 at an auto parts store for the parts, adhesive, and bolts needed (comes in a kit). If I were handy I would do it myself for the price, but at this point the rust has not progressed to need repair but we can use this in negotiating the price it you are interested.
ABS light indicator is on - Meaning a new ABS Module Controller is needed if you want ABS. Part is $170 used and $230 for labor from Midas. This has been on for 3 years, but since I do not like ABS I have not fixed it. This was tested at Midas on 3/23/12 to be the known cause of the ABS light.
It is a 3.8L v6 transmission was factory replaced at 48K. I like the looks of the vehicle and also the price. Are the two above comments true that the shock tower is easily fixable and safe, then is it also safe to not have the ABS module controller fixed? (assume I am ok with regular brakes and do not require ABS)
Lastly, are there other questions I should ask or want to know about this specific vehicle (ie common known problems). Thanks in advance. Gene