Has been a great car for us. I have heard about the transmission problems with these model years. Our car has 162K miles and no problems. Guess we are blessed. Car is fun to drive. Passing it down to my teen twins to drive. Only problems was an intake manifold clogging that causes the check engine light to come on. It was a hassle to get that light off. replaced belt tensioner and alternator. no other problems. tires are a bit expensive for this model. Electronically everything works great. car body dents easily though. Plan on driving it to 300k or more.
Sunroof, climate control (for a 1998 its great). sports car feel. easy to park. Gas mileage not as good as a 4 cylinder but I got 27 mpg on a long road trip driving 75 mph
Body dents easily. I guess they all do. This car had all the options at the time except heated seats and mirrors.