Ended up being no contest... I had put my WRX back to stock, and traded it in yesterday for a new 04 GTO 6spd with the 05 hood. I'll miss the AWD in the snow (drove the GTO in the rain this morning and with the traction control it was surprisingly quick off the line), and the flickability of the WRX; but the GTO is so much more refined along with the instant torque and the power of the LS1. I guess I'm an official Poncho Fan-Boy with two of them in the garage, eh?
WRX was great for me... 79,000 miles on the stock clutch and tranny, despite 2 events at Road America, 6 autocrosses, probably 40 passes down the 1/4 mile, aggressive street driving, towing my jetski in the summers... Never a mechanical problem with the powertrain or drivetrain. I'll miss it a bit!
Meanwhile, I plan to pop in here every once in awhile for the laughs and the insight. Got to keep up w/ how the Subarus are representing.