If the steering is that important to you dont buy a 2001. I own one and I CAN say the steering is a little mushy compared to an 03 I tested a while back. Its not bad at all but its different enough some people would notice. If it can be easily corrected than id say go ahead though as the 2001s represent a very good value right now overall.
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