I don't even know where to begin.
I would only fix the stuff on your bike that needs to be fixed. If you start upgrading on that old of a bike, IMHO, it will cost just as much if not more than a new bike. A kia tia is nice but not as nice as what you could buy with if you put everything into it.
I don't know why you diss ellsworth. The Truth, in my mind is one of the best suspension bikes ever made. Some frame problems in the past but they work very well. The reason you see some bikes more than others is because there are some rear suspension designs that are WAY better than others.
I dunno, when the last couple times i've ridden i've went back to my hard tail. If i were going to buy another mtn bike. I'd be going to a Seven custom sola. I'm rapidly loosing touch with the latest since I left my last shop.
See you on the trail
Couple o' FJ40's, BJ70, UZJ100, TDI