I bought my '98 two years ago. No complaints.
If it's the sport model, it may have the d-44 rear end, I got lucky and mine did.
Try and check the tub for rust.
I can tell you this- In the 2 years I've had mine, replaced the power steering pump, front pads, and radiator. These were the only serious mechanical issues.
Hope that helps some, good luck.
edit: Mine had 52,000 miles at time of purchase, I also replaced the master cylinder.
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I got syphilus from Glen....pretty sure the herpes came from Gwen.