Wow, the EOS war zone.... I vote with 1V as the ultimate film EOS, and I prefer any EOS to a Nikon, but there are plenty of good choices in the EOS film range. The 1 is not a bad camera at all, and can just about focus in the dark. All of the 1 series cameras are heavy though, and the first two in the series are very loud as well. The 3 is pretty fine in many respects, but it is loud enough to get you sent to jail, and it's eye control function is much slower than the Elan 7e, as is the AF performance of the 3. The Elan 7e has the AF speed of the 1V, and is nearly silent compared to the 3. It is also dirt cheap. If I drown it, I can toss it, and buy another for $40. It is as light as a feather to boot.
My favorite is the 1V, and I own one, but it doesn't get as much play as the el-cheapo Elan 7e. Here are few shots of the "old 1", a 10s as just as another cheap possibility that works well (loud as a 3), and the nearly free Elan 7e that has plenty of bells and whistles that were tested there before making it into the later 1V series, as well as ETTL functionality. Lots of choices, and they are all good in the grand view. You can't go wrong. Just buy good lenses as a matter of course.