I wish I could help you out. I paid $7800 for mine 120k miles 1996 AWD from a used dealer in woodland park. I felt like I overpaid at the time, but it had a meticulous carfax report and since then everything I have seen checks out with the work that was claimed to be done. Now seeing how the prices have either gone up or stayed the same I feel a bit better.
So many pipe dream build outs for sale for like $10k+ in Colorado specifically. With major repair issues. I probably looked around for 6-7month and 3monthsvery seriously before I found mine. I think the only reason the dealer didn't have it listed for 11k+ was because she only had a title report, which was not nearly as telling as the carfax.