I'm surprised that you though the '01 handled well. It's a family car, and the suspension and tire combo is pretty weak in my opinion. Definitely in need of some suspension work, which you have now noticed. So, why not go for coilovers? If you don't want to go that extreme try Whiteline springs, sway bars and maybe an ALK. I presently have the ALK and springs and am please but am awaiting sway bars. I wish there were shocks because that would make it just perfect for my daily driving/auto-Xing. If you are unhappy with the suspension...why don't you change it?