The truck has been solid if not spectacular during my ownership of about 85,000 miles. If it has received $1000 in repairs, that would be a lot. The cat was replaced early on (covered by warranty), and the alignment went awry early such that I only got 15,000 miles out of the two front stock tires (alignment fix was warranty). Other than that, no serious issues to report. Power with the V6 is good with some pep when you need it, and MPG has been right around 20 with a bias toward highway miles.
Styling. Was the best looking compact/midsize pickup at the time and still is.
Back seat for a midsize is pretty cramped, but many pickups have moved away from extended cabs in favor of 4 doors now with more room.