Agreed, the non-functional er....styling of the hood detracts from the credibility of a good car. Likewise with the plastic wing on the trunk lid.SJAndrew said:They're costmetic.
They have rubber plugs in them that allow some air in, but not much (the vents in the plugs face backwards so the scoops don't injest rain...I guess). However, the plugs are easy to pop out (that's what I've done). Even so, it will only marginally improve performance by cooling the engine (it's not plumbed into the intake circuit). To be honest, I don't know if this improvement is documentable or noticeable.
Personally, I would rather have the '04 hood without the scoops. If they were functional, it would be cool. Considering they're not, I would just rather have them gone.