You are correct that manual LGT wagons are pretty rare. I don't think OBXTs are terribly common either but I don't know how the numbers compare. I could stomach the higher ride height of the OBXT a lot easier than I could stomach that heinous lower body work that isn't the same color as the rest of the car. I guess if I was looking at manual turbo wagons and the right one came up, sure, why not. The observation that there's a hole in the carpet near the gas pedal with only 55K on the car is a good indicator that it was driven primarily by someone wearing high heels, i.e. a woman (probably). If that's indeed the case I would assume the engine is less likely to be beaten on, but I'd be looking real close at the maintenance records especially WRT oil change intervals. [/chauvanisticpig]
There's a lot to be said for keeping an old beater car that's cheap on maintenance and fuel costs, but there's also a lot to be said for ass heaters and a little torque.