I am considering buying a used 2000 VW new beetle (88k miles, $3200) not the turbo, or the convertible. The seller says that the head gasket has just been replaced, and that the mechanic said the engine will make the knocking/clunking noise until about 500 miles and it forms a full seal and can be tightened. Does this sound right, or should I avoid purchasing this car? Also should I be concerned that it already needed a new head gasket with that mileage?
The other car I am considering is a '98 pontiac sunfire convertible (which appears to be on the car talk naughty list) also 88k miles and $2500.