I've had five 5 Spots through all generations from HL to TNT to DW link. Current one is a 2010 and while I'd love a 2012 it's not sufficiently different to me to warrant a swap-out, especially if I run a Works Components angle set.
They are extremely well made, the journal bearings are bombproof and as maintenance-free as you could wish - far, far better than the skateboard bearings used in most full-suss bikes.
As Coogan says, the 5 Spot is incredibly versatile with many 'personalities' in 1 bike: mine has been built light for singletrack blasts, medium for all-round fun, and with coils shock/Lyriks and DH kit for Morzine (where it rocked by the way).
The DW suspension is a big step ahead of previous generations - it feels very deep and plush, equally it's easy to tune to your personal ride characteristics with an air shock. I've done everything from XC races to DH weeks on mine.
I'm 5'10 and ride a Large. I'm a 'tweener' (in-between sizes like you) and having ridden both (my wife has a Medium) I'm better suited to the longer TT length and feel of the Large.
As you can see from the below, mine have been ridden around the world, from Peaslake to Whistler to Morzine to Moab!