Actually, that's not an easy thing to do without breaking something!
I remember ppl would write in with some errors with the Digital Rebel, usually it was caused by mounting the lens incorrectly or something like that which for some reason had a lasting effect.
If you do end up going with the Rebel XT, skip on the 18-55 kit lens... seriously EVERYBODY complains about it.
Mike is right though, it's really up to the user (YOU!) how the camera feels. I have small hands, the XT is great for me, just like how the Maxxum 5 was tiny. The controls should be...
I hate to say it, but I have a Maxxum 5 with the Minolta 28-80 and 75-300mm lens and I ended up just holding onto it instead of getting what little money I could from selling it on e-Bay... which is probably somewhere around $200. I too was contemplating selling it to raise some dough for the Rebel.