I am going through this right now with my 02
Just yesterday the wife and I were weighing the pos/neg on keeping or selling it. Since it'* paid for it'* hard to go back into debt on a new car, so for now I don't plan on getting rid of it. It'* sad because we bought this because of how great our 95 has been. This car is quickly proven to not even be close to the 95. The 02 only has 26K miles
The only issue I blame myself for is I should have researched the shimmy issue more before I bought the car. I noticed the shimmy when I test drove the car but I thought it was do to a unbalanced tire. I spent around 1300 in it trying to fix it.
Since then I've had the steering rack replaced, a water leak with the sunroof, a water leak in the trunk and a water leak in the rear drivers side door. My drivers side window makes noise when it gets rolled down. It is now leaking oil on top of the engine, valve covers or intake, I'm not sure. It also shifts harsh in light parking lot driving. I had to realign the glass in the sunroof because it dropped.
The water leaks and the sunroof adjustment were not covered under warranty. I was able to fix those items from the info on this site, very cheap I should add
I would have to say it was less than 60 at most.
As far as some of your complaints, I too have have had a lot of the same issues with my 95
Steering wheel controls don't work. Look in the Techinfo I plan on fixing mine as soon as I can get around to it. The traction control on mine has never worked. It doesn't bother me though, it doesn't drive any different. Do a search there are a couple things you can check and it might be an easy fix. In my case it'* an expensive repair. I also had to replace the ac compressor on mine along with the struts and water pump (including all the hoses). Oh yeah, I almost forgot I also replaced the master cylinder both rear wheel cylinders and fuel pump a few thousand miles back and I had to do the upper/lower intake manifold twice (one on the lower, twice on the upper). My Cd player quit working a long time ago. I recently bought a used one on ebay that works great. I've put 3 or 4 batterys in it since I've owned it and a few sets of tires and brakes. I consider a lot of this to be maintenance on a car with over 200K
Even though I've had a lot of the same problems as your is giving you I've been very pleased with it. I would trade my 02 in a second to have my 95 new again.