I drove RLD (Jim W'* '89). Rode very well (he had F41), had good power. Of course as it was an older gen, things improved in the mid 90s in terms of handling, power, and mostly just design and a greatly improved interior. I have always been the biggest fan of the 92-95 SSE styling, until the 2000s came out. I love the new body style.
I personally have gone from a 94 SSE to a....94 SSEi. The added power was great. Every option I have now I had with the SSE. The seats are the best in my 94s.
And the HUD in my 94 is better IMO, compared to the newer Bonnes (larger display). I love how my 94 feels on the road. The tight steering feels perfect to me. It handles great. Hypothetically, if I could have a 94/95 SSEi in restored shape I'd be completely happy. If it had a Series 2 L67 it would be perfect.
The 2000+* look great, the new interior is very nice. I like more how my seats LOOK compared to the 2000s. I think they are too "boxy" looking in 2000-2002, but they are still very comfortable. In 2003 the seats looked better (Aurora seats). I don't like the looser steering as much as my magnasteer-less 94, but I still hope to get a 2002+ SSEi eventually. I can live without the tighter steering if it means having a smooth, more powerful L67 and a very nice looking package.