It's all personal opinion, but there are many pre-facelift coupes on here that have been modded and look awesome. Personally, I looked for a long time for my replacement 2002.
For the money I would do some maintenance and get some wheels. Maybe an M-tech bumper? Sometimes I want one but I like the original one, too.
Do what you want but I think you could do a lot more for a lot less than face lifting it.