Having driven my '93 SSEi and '03 SSEi.... I say the '00 + owns, but only by a bit.
Yes, the '93 may be worn out a bit ( 197,000 miles ) but the '03 has some miles also ( 136,000 miles )
Drive them back to back and you will definitely see a difference in chassis rigidness also. I can feel my '93 twist and move, but the '03 is solid as a rock.
AL7 seats in the '93 win in the comfort area, but the '03 looks much nicer and upscale ( seats changed in '03
) The seats in the '03 are by no means though "uncomfortable". I would have no problem driving that on a long road trip.
We get the dreaded Service Stability System problem in the '03, but, to me, that isn't a big enough problem to not have the '03.
As far as styling goes, I love both and really can't pick a winner here. They both look very aggressive, but have a totally different way of going about it.
Power... I like the * II much better, I enjoy the high revs and the fact that it keeps pulling when my '93 dies out.
To sum it all up, I LOVE my '93, but I LOVE Stephanie'* '03.
Every time I drive the '03, I leave it yearning for more and wishing mine was an '00 +.
Every time I drive the '93, I leave it yearning for more and glad that mine is a '92 - '95.
well there you have it, you should be able to easily make a decision there
Like said above, you should go out and drive a few '00 + cars and see what you think. One drive might equal love, or one drive might equal hate. You will need to decide for yourself, otherwise you will get a bunch of crazies like me on here telling you to get the '92 - '95 and telling you also to the a '00 - ' 03