Cars like this come around once in a decade. It's just the right blend of practicality and performance that earned it a place in Car & Driver's 10 Best list all 4 years it was produced. It's quick, it's nimble, it's nearly indestructable (15 years and all I've replaced is tires, brakes, clutches, and one alternator). Hat's off to Nissan for the perfect blend.
Strong engine, light weight (2400 pounds - compare to todays heavyweights!), good suspension, slick shifter. Performace is the highlight in the SE-R models.
More comfortable front and rear seating. Some of the HVAC controls are a little on the cheap side. What do you want out of a 15 year old car?