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#84 of 217 OK, hatchback lovers
Jul 18, 1999 (9:30 pm)
I bought a cheap '87 Toyota Celica hatchback for my senior year and it has been amazingly trouble-free (Nothing broke for a whole year!). But now that I have a job and my A/C compressor died last week, I'd like to buy an interim car (1990 -1996) until I get a promotion.
Here's what I love about my car:
1) the extra space because of the hatchback
2) even though it's old, the v6 engine still makes it zippy/sporty
3) it's not "cute" (ie., I don't want to drive a GOLF)
So now that I've been looking around for cars, I realize there's not much out there in the 2 dr-sporty-hatchback-that's-not-"cute" department
Do I have any options besides a Saab 900? Or am I going to have to accept the high maintenance / high depreciation of the Saab?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
#85 of 217 carlady
Jul 18, 1999 (10:10 pm)
freakboy, I think the best way to get an answer to your question is to look at our model-specific conversations, especially our Saab, VW Golf & Beetle, and Honda Civics. Our users are very generous with their expertise and experience.
Jul 20, 1999 (6:07 pm)
freakboy, I was surprised to see anyone call the Golf '"cute." The New Beetle is cute. In my book, the Golf is stylish and refined.
I've only owned VW Golfs and Jettas since 1985 and my next car will be a 2000 Golf.
#87 of 217 Hatchbacks
Jul 23, 1999 (7:14 pm)
I love hatchbacks. My family got a 1989 Horizon. I could open the back, sat on it, and watched movies in those drive-in cinemas. However, the built quality was terrible. Too many problems.
My dad had 2 Mazda 323 before. 1 is new and the other one is a demo. The demo was a nightmare. The new one is a perfect car. Even though it's a 2 door small car, I can sit in it comfortablly. I can move a lot of stuffs. I like the rear wiper especially in a heay rainny day. When it is rainning or snowing, I can move to the backseats, put down the seats, and then get all the luggages and umbrella from the trunk.
Some people used the old Civic hatchbacks to move everything in their apartments. I saw a guy
used a 70+ Civic to tow something. He must be crazy !
I hate my Altima. The trunk is high and narrow.
I can't even put a 20" TV into my car (even the back seat because the read door cannot be opened wide) . I had to remove the box to get the TV into the back seat.
#88 of 217 r35
Jul 23, 1999 (7:21 pm)
I used to like hatchback, it was very fun to drive. However, as I get old now,it's considered too dangerous to drive as if there were no tail to the car. I have more chance to get serious injury when there is an accident.
hatchback should be stopped !!!
Jul 23, 1999 (7:54 pm)
To certain extent, I agree with you. Those small hatbacks like Suzuki Swift and Geo Metro are too small and dangerous. However, Integra, Cougar, and Probe are ok to me. I prefer a hatchback to a car with a trunk because most hatcbacks have a rear wiper (and washer fluid). I like this very much.
As I mentioned before, putting big objects into my sedan's trunk is a nightmare.
#90 of 217 r35
Jul 23, 1999 (9:05 pm)
I don't agree with you, if you are really looking for storage, you should own a truck instead; hatchback is for fun driving only, however, because it is so light weighted and therefore is dangerous.
Jul 24, 1999 (7:44 pm)
my new honda civic hatchback is great, plenty of room for four adults, drives great and insurance was good on it, you look at it and it makes you smile. who needs a beetle or a golf for 20000. my honda was 13000 and looks just as great and will have a great resale value
Jul 29, 1999 (4:17 am)
The reason Geo Metros are so small is because they are designed to be light and efficient. Light efficient budget conscious cars are aimed at folks who are defensive drivers. Except me. I am probably a maniac in my Metro, but I have learned the cars limits in 35K and know what it can and cannot do. It can take expressway offramps (certain ones) at 60-65. It can crawl down the edge of the grass near an overpass and get me onto the road overpassing the road I was just on. It can go through construction sites to get to a job trailer to deliver blueprints. It can fit on sidewalks on OSU campuses to get around kids who walk in the street. It can not jump 6" or higher curbs. It can not hit anything and survive. I remember these things as I drive it.
#93 of 217 carlady
Aug 03, 1999 (6:14 pm)
More hatchback lovers! Good to see you!
r34, I agree that some hatchbacks are lighter than sedans and other body styles, yet much has changed in the development of hatchbacks. All are required to meet the same safety standards as other autos.
My preference of a hatchback (I have a VW Golf) over a truck is that most of the time, I don't need all the storage space. I do need it often enough to want to have a car as versatile as a hatchback. I also like the fact that what I am moving is covered, inside the car, rather than out in the weather and rolling around the pickup truck bed. Of course, you can get tarps and things to cover it but speaking for myself, that's way too much trouble.