GF Impreza for a first car?

Hello there!

For the last 3 years, I’ve been addicted to these 1st gen Imprezas, when I see one rolling down the street (which is a very rare occasion in my city), it instantly puts a huge smile on my face. I think the 2.0 litre non turbo engine is the way to go. Is it a good and reliable choice? Is this engine notorious for the head gasket failure too? I don’t know what to say about the 1.6 and the 1.8, don’t know much about them. Parts are kinda hard to get in my area, but we all have to take some risks. Also, the wagon is better looking imo. :D