I just bought a 1999 having 38K on it. It does has a slight "clunk" in the front end when going over sharp bumps but not what I'd say indicates a serious problem. It doesn't transmit anything the the wheel as I'd expect it to if there was a problem.
It went through State Safety inspection fine and they did a pretty good job of it on a pre-purchase inspection/survey before I bought it.
I'll keep an eye, er, ear on it in the future.
Bob (Squidly Down Under) & Peg - 2013 Ford Focus pushing a 2011 Phoenix Cruiser 2552S
"In God we trust" to preserve our country and bring our Troops safely home.
Carry on, regardless..................