I love my 2000 SSEi. It has its common failures just like any other car. More than others? Not in my case, at least.
Window regulators? Yep, they're gonna go whether you use them or not. I came up with a quick, easy, and cheap fix.
Intermediate steering shaft? Yeah, had to replace that, too...twice. Relatively easy to do, takes maybe about an hour.
Electrical problems? Not that I've had, nor read about. (My personal opinion of Consumer'* Reports on American cars is not positive.)
Hood bubble...yep, have that too.
Transmission problems? Not yet.
From my experience, I would not have any problem recommeding it to anyone.
Black 2000 SSEi, Silverstar Headlights, Angel Eyes fogs, 3rd brake light overlay, hi-flo cat, drilled 180 degree thermostat, Intense FWI, PCM, shift kit, and 3.4 Pulley. Solid front mount.