This is my second MX3. First one was a 4 cylinder. The 4 cylinder just wasn't powerful enough...stick with the GS V6 with manual tranny (trust me). Worst case, stick with manual tranny in either model. The exterior of the MX3 does hold it's age well, very well actually. I still feel pretty cool driving it around after all these years. However, mechanically, the age of the car is starting to show. Common problems on this car include, power windows, automatic shoulder belts (recall), tons of front axle problems (front). Best bet is to buy from a dependable source or someone who keeps good records. Look for repairs in the areas listed prior. All in all, I would buy it again...It's that cool.;)
Body style, size (love small cars), good power (V6 only), handling, braking, engine seems dependable, rear seat cushion easy to remove for running wires and such.
Cup holder (you'll see) should be near or around the console or steering wheel. More reliable front axle parts, rear hatch cover and spare tire cover very cheap (don't let your kids stand or sit on them or drop heavy parts onto them).