Now that the car is running and drivable, it's on to making it safe, reliable, and comfortable. Before I left Arizona, I managed to pick up a pair of FloFit seats for a song. Not a complete steal, but I got both of them for about what I'd expect to pay for just one (and no shipping charges). FloFits are basically Recaro knock-offs, and these are in fantastic shape. Frankly, anything would be better than the stock seats.
Stock 2002 seats, even in good condition, aren't the most comfortable things in the world. I remember being driven to kindergarten in a 2002. The crappy vinyl would make the back of my legs sweaty and that rock-hard faux-cloth design would leave its pattern imprinted in my skin.
All those decades in the Arizona weather really took their toll on my car's seats. They are completely stock and don't seem to have been refurbished at any time. The foam is rotten, the vinyl is hard and cracking, and the springs are giving way from use. Sitting on them is uncomfortable; in some places the cracked vinyl pinches and you rock about so much that you feel like you're sitting in a canoe.
Beyond being comfortable, stylish, well-bolstered, and all-around great, the true beauty of these FloFit seats is that they drop right in to the 2002 without an adaptor plate or rails. The slides on the bottom of the stock seats can be removed and bolted onto the FloFits, meaning the new seats mount into the car just like the originals.