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Honda Civic, Acura RSX, Ford Focus, Saab 9-3, Mazda Protege5, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#92 of 219 Proud owner of a hatchback
Dec 30, 2001 (8:32 pm)
My name's Mark. I used to own a '79 Plymouth Champ w/ 1.6 L and 8 on the floor. Yeah, you know one of those oddities w/ the split rear axle so every gear had an overdrive. Cool concept but not real practical for the lower gears. Anyway, it got too small for our family and I needed cash so this mechanic who had worked on the car once, when he saw it in the paper, scarfed it up. I often wonder if I should have sold it.
My son owned a 1982 Saab Turbo. Real sharp looking car and rolled straight cruising at high speed. But someone installed the engine in backwards in that car, which made it a joke to change the alternator. We gave up.
I now own a 1995 VW Golf GL std. 5 spd. This is not your pappy's VW. Great car around town and on the highway. I gave it to my wife to make up for the '63 VW bug I sold out from under her which she never forgave me for.
Jan 18, 2002 (12:12 pm)
I love small hatchbacks (have a 1990 honda civic hatch) and am currently trying to decide between getting a VW Golf GTI or a Honda civic EX. This site seems a good place to look at. All opinions welcome.
#94 of 219 Hi aussiegirl- Welcome to the Hatchbacks Message board!
Jan 18, 2002 (1:41 pm)
Here's a direct link to our VW Golf or Honda Civic discussion. I just moved it back to this board from our Archived folder. Hope this is helpful.
In addition, you may also want to check out our Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic discussions. Use your copy/paste so you don't have to re-write your message. Good luck with your decision.
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#95 of 219 Love Hatchbacks
Feb 05, 2002 (9:51 am)
Hi everyone. I didn't realize until just recently that I've never owned anything other than a hatchback. My first car was a then-new 1991 Honda Civic DX. That got me through university; then, it went to my younger brothers while I took public transit to work because that was more convenient. When I moved away from home in 1998, I left the car with my brothers. One of them pretty much trashed the car already at that point anyway. I bought a 1989 Plymouth Sundance for $1400 since I was a poor graduate student at that point. That car got rear-ended a year later, written off and the other driver's insurance company gave me $2000. I used that money to buy a 1987 VW Scirocco. These three cars all served me well from getting stranded cyclist friends get themselves and their bikes home to taking my car-ride-loving dogs out for a fun cruise. I'm no longer a starving grad student and I'm in the market for a new car. I briefly considered getting a mini-SUV, but I'm sticking to a hatchback and buying an Elantra GT.
#97 of 219 Hello
Feb 06, 2002 (8:01 am)
Hello everyone, Thank you everyone for posting your messages here. My wife and I just brought a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT. We did a lot of looking around and a lot of test drives in different cars. This message board helped BIG time in choosing this car. Thanks again
#98 of 219 Hi jesl- Nice to meet you...,
Feb 06, 2002 (11:08 am)
and congrats on your new 2002 Elantra GT! May it serve you well for many years to come. Btw, have you had a chance to check out our Hyundai Elantra Owner's Club? While you're there, perhaps take a moment to say hello in our Meet the Members discussion. We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience. Happy motoring!
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#99 of 219 I fell in love with a Golf
Feb 07, 2002 (9:05 pm)
Hi! I'm new to this message board and also new to buying cars! I am a college student (almost ready to graduate) and am looking into buying my first car. I am currently driving a Pontiac Grand Am that my parents decided to lease for me, but my lease ends in a few months. I've been going to car dealers and researching online to find a good reliable, long-lasting car that can move me from PA to CA (undergrad to grad school.....quite a move!). I'm also not going to have any money to replace whatever I buy for many, many years (I'm going for a Ph.D...8 years in school and not making any $$$). So I went to the VW dealer and test drove a Passat, Jetta, and a Golf. I think they had to pry me from the Golf, I loved it so much! I never thought of myself as a hatchback driver, but this car was great! I am now trying to sell the car on my parents (they are helping my make the initial payment, so they are giving their opinions freely). They want me driving a nice and large, safe, family-sized car like an Accord, so when I said "Golf" they were less than thrilled. If anyone has any info or experience with namely the reliability, safety, longevity, and cargo capacity of these cars, please send it my way! Thanks a lot!
#100 of 219 Hi klynf- Welcome to Town Hall...
Feb 08, 2002 (8:24 am)
and thanks for your introduction. You'll find lots of information (i.e. cargo capacity, crash test score, and etc.) on the VW Golf in Edmunds' New and Used Vehicle guides. Look for direct links at the top of this page.
Also, you can learn a lot by participating in our discussions. Please feel free to post any questions in our ongoing VW Golf discussion. Good luck.
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#101 of 219 Hatchback Fan
Feb 16, 2002 (4:31 pm)
Hi - I'm here because my Integra GS-R was stolen so I'm shopping for a new car. So far hatchbacks are appealing to me the most - Protege5, Matrix, Vibe - so I'm spending most of my research time here. The idea of having something that's fun and yet flexible and useful is very appealing. Thanks to everyone for so many informative posts!
Oh, and to everyone who has an Integra - keep yours safe! Since the theft I've discovered the Integra is very attractive to thieves. Wish I'd known that before.