Well, I bought a 2001 LS V8 brand new. Never had a single problem in 50,000 miles, except for a rear window regulator taking a dump. Easy fix. Rear end howling?? Suspension clunks? My car was drum-tight, just traded it in 2 months ago with 52K on the odometer and got $18,500 trade on a deal where I was buying at dealer-invoice (meaning my trade value wasn't inflated). Sounds like your friend beats her machinery like hell, and the obsenely low trade value supports my theory.