Bought this car in 2001 with about 85k it. Spent $10k on what was at the time a perfect running car. Probably too much but this was the only 5 speed I could find. Had a great time in 18 inches of snow where the car plowed through even with old Michelin XW4s on it. Then the problems started. First an alternator which was covered by recall, then the interior started to fall apart. (cargo cover tabs, cargo net hooks pulled out, panel that covers the spare cracked) Whistling sound under acceleration cannot be remedied by 3 dealers, 2 mechanics. Timing belt, clutch, tranny, CV, wheel bearing, 2 oxygen sensors, cat converter, brakes, 2 sets of 80k Michelins in 50k miles! Over $2,500!
Exterior style, super easy oil change, Great AWD in snow especially, factory stereo, bomb proof roof rack, cold weather package.
MORE COMFORTABLE SEATS! Beef up sloppy manual tranny, more power or turbo for the intake on the hood, adjustable ride height, stronger interior components especially in the cargo bay, develop more reliable engine, better cup holders, offer a super rugged off road version. Oh, and better gas mileage.