Eh, I don't think disliking mecha is all that uncommon these days - I think it's just a reflection of what the big shows are now and how the fanbase has changed over time.
Kinda with Jubei on 08th MS though. I didn't get that far into it when I tried to watch it but, much as I liked the setting (Gundams that break down!), I thought the romance plot was very poorly done. If I was being unkind, I'd say it was like an attempt to marry Macross and Votoms under the Gundam banner, but it's been a long time since I've seen it.
Mellowlink, I have a lot of time for, but yeah... did not think characterisation was the show's strong point. The one time they would have been justified in having an angst-riddled protag and he's cool as a cucumber.
I'll give 0083 a shot anyway. Depressingly, I seem to choose mecha shows on the strength of their theme tune, and I really like MiQ. She was like a one-woman Jam Project...