I loved this vehicle since it came out in 96, but could not afford it back then. I finally got a pre-owned one in 2004 with only 20K miles in it. I took it to the dealership for the warranty tranny to add the cooling oil jet for the 3rd gear and never had a problem. It's a great car, reliable, comfortable, nice craftsmanship and powerful, but a bit too large for my taste as I like to corner it hard. My next vehicle will be an Acura TSX, Honda Accord or Civic SI.
Seating/driving position, powerful engine, craftsmanship, reliability and quality. Dealership service is excellent!
I never tried the Type-S, though I did drive the 2008 model which was much improved on the suspension grip. Would like to have a version with AWD.