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Geo Metro, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTI, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Honda Civic, Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#32 of 70 2000 VW Golf GLS-TDI rear-ended
Aug 12, 2000 (2:23 pm)
Last May, I was automotively sodomized by an out-of-control Chevy Blazer. This teenager driving a Blazer was speeding and swerving, and then he lost control of his truck. I was cruising along at 55 m.p.h. on the right-most lane of an interstate, less than 1 mile from the exit I was going to take when the Blazer rammed the rear end of my Golf. The impact was so hard that my car was knocked across 4 lanes of traffic, and came to rest on the opposite shoulder. Amazingly, no one else hit me. The Blazer, meanwhile, continued to go offroad, and flipped over before coming to a stop. All body panels of the truck were damaged, all the glass was broken, and one wheel got knocked off. The rear of my Golf was completely demolished, the hatchback glass, liftgate, tail lights, and a rear quarter panel were damaged. However, there was no penetration of the passenger cabin. All 4 doors remained functional. I think this was exceptionally good crashworthiness, and I think that this car is WAY safer than a Honda Civic. I was wearing my seatbelt, and my neck was sore for a few days, but I think I am OK now. It took 8 weeks and a day to get my car repaired. My Golf was repaired, but the Blazer was totalled. My Golf's repairs cost about $9,000, paid by Blazer-boy's insurance company.
The VW Golf, at least, is a very safe hatchback.
#33 of 70 carlady
Aug 16, 2000 (8:28 pm)
I'm glad to know you are well. I'm afraid to ask about the driver of the Blazer.
Nov 08, 2000 (5:10 am)
Actually my assistant manger at a parts store I work for was ass packed driving a geo metro. The frame got twisted beyond repair.
Jan 17, 2001 (4:36 pm)
Do you think color has anything to do with it? Our white Honda CRX was rear-ended at least 3 times.
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#36 of 70 '96 Civic
Jan 18, 2001 (11:05 pm)
About 15 months ago I was rear ended by a Acura legend going about 20mph. My air bags were activated and I was pretty much unscathed, except I banged my knee a little. My Civic was totaled, they gave me $5800 for it. The Acura was also totaled, which I thought was amazing. I really liked the Civic, kind of a drag. Now I have a kid, so I'm driving a Protege...
May 14, 2001 (1:16 pm)
rear-ended in my 1990 Integra by a Jeep Cherokee that failed to stop for a red light. I was propelled into the car in front of me. (We were both sitting at the red light). My Integra was totalled, but I was only slightly injured.
I don't really think it's a huge safety issue. Obviously, the trunk on a traditional car would provide a little more "crush space", but I think an impact that crushes the car to the point of intrusion into the passenger area would have to be very severe. I don't think the extra crush space of the trunk makes a huge difference, just my opinion.
May 15, 2001 (8:28 am)
Thanks for sharing your experience, and glad to hear you were not terribly harmed.... Take care.
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May 15, 2001 (10:20 am)
The car I primarly drive today is a '92 Integra 3 door hatch, so I'm obviously not too greatly concerned with the safety factor in a rear-end collision! When we replace the '92 Integra in a few years, safety will certainly be a big concern, but it wouldn't stop me from buying another hatchback.
(Our other car is a 2000 Sienna van)
#40 of 70 Hi Folks- Additional Resources
Aug 08, 2001 (7:33 am)
For those interested: you'll now find links to Edmunds' Safety Section, and other related Town Hall discussions, on the left hand column of this page. Hope this is helpful.
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