I wouldn't trade my F3hp for anything, that said, it's virtues might not be so attractive to you (toughness, motor drive integration, a certain kind of simplify). It's heavy and pretty big, the FA does a lot more in a compact package. A body is a body really, they all work.

I strongly advise you to take a look at the first gen AF lenses, the plasticy ones- they are really undervalued right now, and optically many are really strong. The 35 f/2 & 85 f/1.8 are strong optical performers that are currently a little forgotten by the market.