I bought mine for $3000. It is an automatic Si but man is it quick. Sure It's not a 12 second car but it is really fun to drive and that's the point. The mileage is great. Only problems I have are that the suspension is rough and the interior is kind of bland.
I was impressed to find two cup-holders in a car this size. The trunk was also very sizable, I fit more in it than my Civic EX
The '97 also doesn't leak like previous models. It has 170K on it and runs perfectly fine except for my one tie-rod that is wearing out ($15 part)
All-in-all if you want an economic car that is actually fun to drive, This is the car to get.
T-Top, good gas mileage, lasts forever, large trunk, fun to drive, cruise control
This car could use some better sound-dampening. It gets pretty loud. Also the interior light should be over the visors not in the back.