I know the feeling. I just picked up a 2001 4 days ago as well.
The only problem I have is getting OUT of the car.
Im not that big, Im 5'7" and 180. I have to bring the chair back to get out and I still have a hard time. The reason its so close to the front is cuz I need to step on the clutch all the way down...well, almost all the way down to engage it. I havent really tried to engage clutch by stepping on it half way down. Eitherway, I feel abit safer stepping on it all the way down.
In an automatic car, i usualy like to sit far back. As far as I can go but still being able to reach the gas and brakes.
I guess Im just not use to sitting so close to the wheel.
I can live with it, its well worth it. (C=