I drive a 98 SE, and I love it. I did have the upper intake failure that N/A engines are "prone" too, and you don't get all the fancy gizmos the "upper classes" brag about.
But, I get at least 20MPG, even with my lead foot. And I personally prefer the front end look and the cloth seats.
The major, noticable differences between the years are the front grill and tail lights. I think the 96-99 look the best myself.
Not going to comment on the price because that varies so much from one plce to another. check out www.kbb.com
to see what they have to say...
1998 SE Midnight Blue Pearl
Gutted airbox, FRAM AirHog, removed MAF Screen, eBay clear corners, extended brake lights
I'm so much cooler online