I guess we can close this thread out. After spending a lot of money on vehicle history reports, I found out that the car I was looking into had been involved in a second accident since it'd been registered with a rebuilt salvage title. The combination of structural uncertainty any my distance from purchase has turned me away from the car, but a MS3 is still really high on my want to own list. I test drove a 2012 MS3 at a CarMax and thought it was awesome. I test drove it at night, and didn't know that the newer MS3's came with accent lights, which is pretty sweet. And 263 HP is a blast use.
I bet I'll be back on here sooner or later.