No problems whatsoever after 2 yrs. Exterior styling is great; I get many compliments. The car is rare. Love the rear wheel drive. Handling/cornering is perfect. Interior is cheap (common complaint with Nissan cars). With 47k miles on it, and I'm starting to hear some rattles from the dashboard area. Stock steering wheel in the SE is to thin. A thicker, leather-wrapped wheel would be a huge improvement. (My '91 SE with every option was a better car.) The backseat is basically useless. The 155 hp not enough, but it still feels peppy. A lot of fun to drive. Gets a lot of attention. I definitely recommend it.
Buying a 97 the factory tires had been replaced so me opting for better ones would not really be any suggestion. But when you do put performance tires on this car it handels like it is on rails. If you think the ride is to harsh you are to old and should drive a dangerous, wasteful SUV!