Regardless of the nay sayers, here's my 2.5i wagon and always have gotten compliments on it. I swapped hoods with a turbo owner who went front mount and wanted to be less attractive to cops and such.
Some might think it's tacky or rice, but ya know what, it makes the car look sharper and more aggressive. Add my other mods such as being lowered, grillcraft grills, black painted front headlights, rear tinted tail lights, muddies, wheels, roof rails are gone (not shown in photo) and it all comes together nicely.
The only downside to it is that I get hondas and scion constantly buzzing around me looking to race, when I had my greddy ti-c on it was even worse but that's gone now.
The scoop does vent out heat quite nicely though.
My photo is a little old as the roof rails are gone.