The only thing that keeps this car from perfect IMHO is the lack of a sunroof. Which is good because I would have been spending money on it that I don't have.
I had an AW touring with a 5 speed and sports package and I have to say it was near perfect. Where else can you have this much fun and carry a dog, four large people and their luggage for a road trip (with a Yakima box, of course.)
If I were in a modding mood, this is exactly how I would have modded it.
Good luck. And buy snow tires.
BTW I"m listening to a Bottle Rockets song called "Thousand Dollar Car."
"If a thousand dollar car was worth a damn, why would anyone ever spend ten grand?"