Whatever you decide to do, do not get an aftermarket sunroof or moon roof installed, unless you're willing to pony up some serious
cash at a reputable installer. If you cheap out, it is 99.9% guaranteed to leak. (Hell, 50% of the time, factory jobs will leak...that'* the price paid for having a giant hole in your roof.)
The person who told you his aftermarket job doesn't leak either spent $2k+ or is lying to you.
Alot of this has been said already but...
As for which car, there'* virtually no difference in terms of overall styling, reliability issues, etc., between the two model years ('00, '02), so no advantage either way there; however, the SSEi, being the highest trimline, is guaranteed
to have all the bells and whistles (good suspension, gadgets, etc.), AND has the HD transmission--not to mention the */C--those are huge advantages...you know
you're getting it all with the SSEi.
So, go supercharged if you can afford the insurance.
Your so-called "friends" trying to steer you away from it are simply afraid you'll own them on the street.
Sounds like what you really need is a better class of friend
(just joking...sort of!)