Bought back in 09/02 and the only issue I've come across is the parking brake light won't go out (happened around 50k mi) - Other than that it's been extremely reliable. It was -30 degrees here in MN not to long ago for about a week and it started fine every morning like a champ. Ride is smooth.
Reliability, ride, value.
More power. It drives like a 4cyl.. which is to be expected, but it doesn't have a lot of gitty up.