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Honda Civic, Acura RSX, Ford Focus, Saab 9-3, Mazda Protege5, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#180 of 219 03 Civic SI
Jan 03, 2005 (5:26 pm)
I've had my si for almost a year and 17k wonderful miles. unlike other cars i have owned and currently own i am looking forward to putting as many miles on my si as i can. iam shooting for 200-300k. wish me luck
Jan 05, 2005 (7:06 am)
Hi guysss first time seeing this board so I decided to post, IM SO GLAD I found this place, I just got enough money saved up to buy a decent integra and this place is PERFECT to find out anything I need info wise on those quick little hatches. But anywayz just wanted to introduce myself and look forward to learning alot!
#182 of 219 Hatchbacks Return
Jan 09, 2005 (9:01 am)
Saw this post & wanted to say hi and what a great thing it is that America has re-discovered the hatchback (or is 5-Door more politically correct?) We have a '04 Mazda 6S hatch and it is a fun, versatile car.
Last (and only) other hatchback owned: a 1984 Escort I bought for my wife to learn how to drive a stick and not wreck the clutch on my new '87 Accord! Functional? Yep. Fun? Nope.
Now, if Chevy could just figure a way to make the Malibu Maxx pretty........
#184 of 219 Question about 2002 Honda Civic Si
May 22, 2005 (12:30 pm)
I am interested in buying a 2002 Honda Civic Si, but I can't seem to find one that is an automatic. This would be my first car and I am a little shakey on getting a Manual because I learned on an automatic.
Does anyone know if they made automatics for this model? Or does anyone know where I can buy one?
Thank you all.
#185 of 219 Re: Question about 2002 Honda Civic Si [nikkimaland]
May 24, 2005 (7:09 am)
Welcome! If you ask in the Honda Civic Si / SiR there will be plenty of people who can provide you with the history and option of this car.">link title
#186 of 219 Re: Question about 2002 Honda Civic Si [nikkimaland]
Jun 30, 2005 (8:22 pm)
You can plainly see at Honda's website that, no, they do not offer the Si with an automatic.
#187 of 219 The board looks kind of dead, but what the heck.
Jun 30, 2005 (8:45 pm)
Hi, I'm Doohickie, and I'm looking for a hatchback.
[Everyone else: "Hi, Doohickie!"]
Here is where I'm at: In August, my wife starts her teaching job. At that point, I will put my daily commuter, a 95 Ford Aspire with 115k miles, up for sale and be looking to replace it. Looking to spend about $14-18k on a car that I will likely drive myself for about 5 years, then turn over to my son who's just starting high school to use when he is away at college (figuring no car for him freshman year of college). Hope to get about 10 years out of the car in total.
Must have: Automatic (Mrs. Doohickie doesn't drive stick, which was a problem at times with the Aspire), Hatchback, A/C, Cruise, Pwr Windows/Locks, Keyless Entry, Rear Wiper & Defogger, must make 30+ mpg freeway.
Highly desireable but not show stoppers include: 6-disc CD Changer, Intermittent Wipers, Antilock Brakes, makes high 20's or better mpg in the city.
Nice to have: Leather, Side Airbags
I had a list of about 30 models and narrowed down to these finalists: Scion xA & xB, Hyundai Elantra 5 dr, Kia Spectra5, Suzuki Reno & Aerio SX, Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix, and Ford Focus ZX3.
I started posting around here looking for insights into the different models. I was geeked up by the Spectra5 and Elantra owners, figuring maybe these were good cars. Test drove both today and was sorely disappointed with both. Interior design and quality of materials was substandard, acceleration was poor on both, and both had a shimmy at 70 mph. Two peas in a pod.
I've also driven the xA. I will readily admit it is underpowered, but was impressed by the build quality and the way they got the most out of the little engine.
The Focus drives like a Ford. This isn't all bad, since I've had an Escort Wagon for 10 years (the car my older son now drives) and am used to it. My Escort with 110k miles has a better ride and better acceleration than either of the Korean cars I drove today.
I think the B in xB stands for Butt-ugly. Seriously. But after driving the Elantra, I went over to the Toyota dealer with my younger son (who may get this purchase as his college car) and he immediately fell in love with it. Althought it is butt-ugly on the outside, it's beautiful from the driver's seat. I may drive it tomorrow.
I have yet to really check out the Matrix/Vibe. I love the configuration of the Aerio SX wagon (especially the interior), but am worried about Suzuki reliability over the long haul. I plan to check it out, as well as the Reno; if they don't ride well I'll cross them off my list.
Any advice about these cars? Are there others I should consider (Mazda3 5-door is too pricey for what you get in my opinion). What should I look for?
#188 of 219 Re: The board looks kind of dead, but what the heck. [doohickie]
Jul 04, 2005 (9:14 pm)
Welcome! I see you have found the "Which Hatchback?" discussion and jumped right in.
#189 of 219 Foot Falls Asleep
Jul 11, 2005 (7:20 am)
Hi I just bought a Ford Focus 4-door Hatchback on Saturday and found when I drive long distances my foot falls asleep. Does anyone know how to remedy this problem?