I had exactly the same car, and at the time it did feel special.. but after owning 2 more with proper engines I have to say it was a dog . But, the hatchback proved really handy when I bought my first house and had to haul material from the hardware store. That thing drove home enough lumber for a 12x16 deck! Ok, so the 12 footers were sticking out the back and passenger side window, but it still did it!I mean, I owned a 1987 fox body Mustang with a 2.3L in it. It felt special to me as a teenager. Does a 2.3L qualify as feeling like a Mustang? I dunno.