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Ford Festiva, Volkswagen GTI, Toyota Celica, Honda Civic, Nissan 240SX, Ford Focus, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
Jan 21, 2002 (4:31 am)
Because of the design of hatchbacks, leaving the hatch open is begging for trouble. It's an open invitation for exhaust fumes to be sucked into the passenger compartment.
Jan 21, 2002 (6:24 am)
Leaving the hatch open doesn't work well in my Geo Metro. Even with the windows open it is not fun. Long station wagons seem to work much better.
#190 of 217 Hatch Open
Jan 23, 2002 (7:32 am)
Well I don't think the Exhaust problem is that bad. Particularly considering the fact that one would be doing it only on an occasional basis (If you need to do it on a regular basis you probably should buy a pickup truck). If you open your windows at the same time as the hatch, air flow should keep most of the exhaust out and what little that does get in will almost certainly not reach a harmful concentration.
Jan 23, 2002 (1:31 pm)
I have no problems getting $200 worth of stuff from Price Club into the back of my Celica. You know -- case lots of toilet paper, fourpacks of canned tomatoes, cartons of cola.
#192 of 217 Can you sleep in it?
Feb 17, 2002 (3:50 pm)
Can you go camping, take all your gear and sleep in it? Been thinking I probably need a van but am open minded.
#193 of 217 My story...
Feb 17, 2002 (7:47 pm)
Back when I worked in a department store selling appliances and electronics, I had a customer who needed her dryer toute suite because she had small children and was pretty much constantly doing laundry.
I delivered her new gas dryer IN THE BOX in the back of my 1989 Hyundai Excel. I've been hooked on hatchbacks ever since.
#194 of 217 Hatchback or delivery van. You tell me.
Mar 08, 2002 (3:48 pm)
Back in '90 I ordered a 12 drawer pedestal for my waterbed from a local store. They called me when it came in. I removed the back seat of my Festiva (just 4 bolts) and headed on down to the store. The sales guy at the counter said to pull my truck around back to the loading dock. You should have seen his eyes when he saw my little car! The pedestal was in 4 cartons, each about 16" x 20" x 6' long.
I convinced the guy to let me try and stuff them in there and lo and behold, they fit. They didn't even stick out of the back all that far. The sales guy was pretty impressed!
#195 of 217 Warehouse Store
Mar 08, 2002 (4:46 pm)
Went to Price Club again and this time squeezed over $400 worth of stuff into a Toyota Celica. I think we're about at capacity, however, with two people. The car was brim-full. If I could ditch my passenger I could probably get in more.
#196 of 217 6 foot door in 2000 Hyundai Accent HB
Mar 18, 2002 (1:33 pm)
I had to buy a replacement door.
The door was 6 feet long, 3 feet wide.
I had one passenger with me. Folded the left rear seat and front passenger seat down, the door went in fine, and my friend was able to sit behind me on the trip back, and the hatch was closed. This probably wouldn't have worked even in a large sedan with a cargo pass thru.
I have removed the rear seats and passenger seat during a move. The nice thing about cheaper cars is that the bolts are usually exposed and easy to find.
10 minutes with a ratchet set, and the seats were removed. Tons of room.
The only negative about most hatchbacks is that they are very narrow, so a wide chest of drawers might fit in lengthwise, but not widthwise. Time to rent a pickup truck.
Someone asked about sleeping/camping in a hatchback. Maybe in a Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe as thier floors are truly flat. My Hyundai Accent's floor is far from flat, as are most other HBs I have seen.
#197 of 217 dodge shadow es
Mar 20, 2002 (4:29 pm)
one day at work i went out lunchtime to look at furniture, and bought a large club chair and large ottoman. it took a couple tries but i managed to stuff them both into my 94 dodge shadow es hatchback then i went back to work. since the hatch was open i parked backed up to a tree so no one would try to steal the chair while i was at work. this car has also hauled a ton of antiques over the years - everything from rocking chairs to a large icebox.