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Saab 9-3, Mazda MAZDA3, Mazda MAZDA6, BMW 3 Series, Scion xA, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
Sep 18, 2003 (1:02 pm)
Well, I think under $20k is reasonable for a decent car. Problem is, most car companies don't seem to agree, not with all the "Great deal at only $30k!" commercials that have been on lately...heh.
Accent's getting replaced soon, from what I understand...next couple of years or so. My mother has one....it handles pretty nice, but the engine runs out of breath after about 45 MPH or so, it seems. A little more horsepower, and the power/weight ratio would be pretty good. That and the pitiful armrest were my only problems with it...it's not a bad design.
Sep 18, 2003 (3:29 pm)
interesting to hear some positive comments on the Accent. I never drove one but just assumed it would be a powerless tin can. Nice to hear that $10K might still actually buy something livable these days.
of course, i'd go used market and only spend a few grand on one with low miles, but that's another story.
Sep 18, 2003 (11:38 pm)
Actually, that's why Hyundai resale value is so low...if you buy one used, you don't get that 100k powertrain warranty.
I still keep thinking an Accent with the 2.0 Beta engine would make a heck of a pocket rocket...assuming that engine would FIT under the hood. And some ABS would be nice, though it's not critical.
I was surprised myself...I had to drive it when my car was in the shop for a couple days. As far as handling goes, I was preasantly surprised. Handling seemed pretty tight, and it seemed to have enough low-end grunt (though I was in the car by myself, so who knows what happens when you put something else in the car). And if you'd like another little shock, I was driving one with a slushbox.
#22 of 57 Petition to BMW NA about availability of Euro models.
Sep 26, 2003 (3:51 am)
Ladies and gentlemen,
I have created a petition that I intend to send to BMW of North America. I am attempting to get them to understand that there is a market for hatchback, 4 cylinder, and diesel BMWs here in North America. Please sign it if you would like to see a larger variety of BMW models available here. Please encourage friends and family to sign it also.
#23 of 57 For me...
Sep 28, 2003 (11:55 pm)
Cross the functionality and room of a Chrysler PT Cruiser with the power of a 1.8T Jetta, and the luxury and safety features of a Mercedes C230.
I don't ask for too much, eh?
#24 of 57 Petition?
Oct 15, 2003 (8:12 pm)
Modern European diesels do not take american high-sulphur diesel fuel.
Put 2.0 into Matrix, and it will be the best "short hatchback" ever. Well, Mazda3 seems promising. Mazda6 will be the only "long hatchback" now, when Saab gave up hatchbacks. Mazda also has Miata (though aging) and RX8. Zoom-zoom
Oct 16, 2003 (3:32 am)
Saab has been showing a new 9-3 hatchback/wagon design and rumors are it will be built.
Dec 10, 2003 (8:06 am)
Well I really like the Mercedes C230 Sport Coupe, but that is out of my price range.
I just bought a 2003 Mazda Protege DX (base) sedan, and would definitely have bought a hatchback had one been available. Just as the Protege is two generations evolution of the 1990-1994 Protege and the 3 is another generation still, I would have loved a 1999-2003 323, improved along the same lines as the sedan.
The Mazda 3 is nice, but the hatchbacks are all loaded 5 doors with all the luxo-stuff and the big engine. What I would like is a two door hatchback version with the smaller 2.0 liter, big enough tires and a firm suspension, at a price of about $13000 with AC.
#27 of 57 Here's what I want
Dec 14, 2003 (8:24 am)
5 door configuration
Bluetooth/Smart Start/Navigation System/ Power Sunroof
Automatic Climate Control
All for $26K (wishful)
The Toyota Prius comes close, but I want factory leather and that Power Liftgate. I'll compromise though and I'm thinking whether to line up at the dealer and give them my order.To keep prices affordable, maybe I'll need to not order a few items listed.