I bought my wife and I an 03 SLE for Christmas, after driving a 96 SSE for the last few years. Its only got 69,000 km on it and is in great shape with the exception of the steering intermediate shaft, [yes, it clunks when turning the wheel] and the non working heated seat on the drivers side.
Ive read a number of threads on both subjects, and it looks like both are fixable with some effort.
One question on the steering shaft... Are there any grease fittings on the u-joints themselves? If not, how do you grease them if required?