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What do you like about hatchbacks?

pachecodpachecod Posts: 6
edited March 23 in Ford
Is it their (sometimes) compact and parkable size, ability to port
both people and equipment, or something else that attracts you to
Hatchbacks? We'd like to know. -Dan
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  • jilldjilld Posts: 5
    for me, it's the combination of size (small is great in the city) and ability to drag around a whole lot of stuff

    I miss my VW Golf for those reasons, even though it was a mechanical disaster from the very start.
  • Not all hatchbacks are small. In Europe, there are plenty of mid- and full-sized HBKS running around. Notice that they're disappearing fast in the U.S. Too bad. I had an Escort GT, and one of the reasons I bought it was because it had a hatch, through which I could load my mountain bike, skis, and a variety of personal belongings. Problems with hatchbacks are loose body structure and squeaks/rattles.
  • Hey, are there any other people out there with a perverse affection for the 1978-1980 Ford Fiesta? I had two of them in college, and couldn't drive them enough! Fun, fuel efficient, and funky -- cool little cars. Ford blew it when the overweight, understyled, and unreliable 1981 Ford Escort debuted.
  • I can put my Fender Super Reverb amp (4x10 in. speakers) in my Integra, along with a guitar or two. Also, I rarely have to back up to pull in a parking space (compared to my old Delta 88 which couldn't fit in 1/2 the available spaces). Thirty four miles per gallon helps also. I guess it's everything!
  • Welcome, Cwardlaw and Guitarzan. I agree wholeheartedly with you both about hatchbacks' ability to lug. I and my wife both individually moved about 3/4 of our belonging across the country in hatchbacks. It was tight, but very efficient. We have funny pictures of all sorts of stuff squeezed up against the windows at gas stations and truck stops across the U.S.
  • That is definitely funny!
  • Hello all how is it goin'?
  • Anybody like Bmw's?
  • NancieNancie Posts: 13
    Chris, I had a little red 1979 fiesta. I loved that car for just the reasons you listed.

    My daughter is getting her learner's permit on Tuesday (so she says this week ... I think we have license angst here) and I've been thinking that something "fiesta like" might be a neat little car to get her. What do you think?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Uh oh, learner's permits equal higher insurance! Ouch! :-)

    I love my hatchback and doubt I'll ever get a car without one. How else would I transport my Christmas tree?
  • I love BMW's, especially the fact that their weight distribution front/rear is nearly 50/50. They have a distinct handling advantage over most other cars for that reason.

    I had considered a 318ti for my next car. Also on the list is Acura CL and Mitsubishi Eclipse. But, the BMW offers very little punch and almost no features for the money. I have an Integra RS that I paid $12,700 for 4 years ago, and the BMW hatchback would only provide marginally more fun for a much greater price. And their insurance costs make the hatchback, or any other BMW prohibitive for me, I am very very sorry to say.

    The ti has one great feature: The hatch liftover is the bumper height....how can you beat that for hauling around heavy stuff?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Good point about the bumper level hatch liftover! I looked at several cars before I decided to buy another VW Golf. As a vertically challenged person, the height of the liftover is critical for me. :-)

    The other consideration for me is how high the hatch goes. I tried a SAAB and when the hatch was open, I couldn't reach it to pull it back down. The salesman said, "Here, let me help you with that." I said, "This isn't going to work unless you plan on living in my trunk!"
  • My son says theres plenty of room for after-market speakers. Pop's thinks the jury is still out on own many and what size will be authorized!
    There is a nice area behind the rear seat for
    that sort of thing on our little Swift!
    I've told him first a new clutch and then we'll talk about speakers!!!!
    Ideas?
  • zedorzedor Posts: 3
    Hatchbacks are cool but they are potentially dangerous. I am a safety inspector for the National Board of Automobile Safety. Hatchback are dangerous because in a bad accident, the hatch can become adjar and open up, sending you flying outside the car. Then you get run over by all kinds of cars and your arms and legs get all mangled up. You start to see things you never saw before, like rubber in your face! Soon all of the pain goes away and things seem to be more peaceful. You look down and see your body laying in the middle of the street, all bloody and chewed up. All could of been prevented if you didn't have a hatchback...
  • To
    cwardlaw, I drove a 1979 Fiesta for 10 years. The last 5 were without a radio. Never did have a/c. The best thing were the colors. Mine was lime green! People would drive up beside me and say "HELLO, WE SEE YOU"! and laugh like hell. I'm color blind and my wife assured me that the color really wasn't loud. She laughed for 10 years. It was one of the best cars I ever owned, although I quess that's kinda sad! Got 80K and traded it in on a 1989 Volvo 240dl. Should have kept it for old times sake. Bob
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Thank you, zedor, for your official information. Since safety is a concern for all car owners, would it be possible for you to follow up with a link to your government site or other source so we can all review this public information?

    In the meantime, safety buffs (which should be all of us!) may want to take a look at Traffic Safety Facts 1996, an overview provided by the US Department of Transportation.
  • abbaabba Posts: 17
    What do I like about hatchbacks? Well, I mainly
    like that fact that you can load up the car with
    bikes, skis, camping gear, 40" TVs, pets and even a Christmas tree. Also, you don't have to deal with any racks, and your items are out of sight and reach of low-life crooks. Also, since they
    place function before form, they show the world
    you are not of the shallow, image/style oriented
    crowd. Drive safely.
  • IMHO, every family needs a hatchback. As you say, they are great for stashing bulky items and keeping them, mostly, out of sight. As a stature-impaired person ;-) I find it easier to add and subtract items from the hatch area then I do in most car trunks.

    As for form v. function, I quite agree. For me -- hope this isn't sacrilege on Edmund's :-) -- a car is to get me (and my family/stuff) from Point A to Point B.

    Now for my husband, a car is much, much more! But, I think we'll always keep a hatchback around, just for the ease of it.
  • leifleif Posts: 41
    Zedor, it's hard to read your message and think you really work for the feds---perhaps you need to take a "bedside manners" class. And did I mention I wear my seatbelt? Never saw the bottom of a tire yet.
  • Thanks ZEDOR for the grim info, but any accident that will throw an occupant out of a car is an accident waiting to happen to anybody who drives carelessly. No vehicle is safe to anybody who drives their vehicle to its limits. By the way, to be thrown out thru the hatchback - the driver must be driving backward very fast and not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Hatchbacks are, in addition to being extremely economical and convenient, just cute as can be. Why are fewer and fewer companies making them? Even the teeny wagons are getting impossible to find. For versatility and cuteness, nothing beats that Honda Civic 4-door hatch/wagon, but do they make it any more? Nope.

    Everything on the road these days looks exactly the same. Sedans make me vomit, and SUVs are just overpriced gas hogs. Can we ask for just one model year in which no sedans are produced? It is really the least auto manufacturers could do after subjecting us to the sedan mania of the mid-nineties.

    And don't even get me started on the minivan. Who the h*#! needs that much head room? Do these people need to practice their dance routines on the road? Driving behind them makes me queasy, especially since they usually contain an assortment of unruly children running around wildly and pressing their little noses up against the back window in an effort to better see little ol' me zipping along in my considerate, fuel-efficient, perky-mobile.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    There's no doubt about it! This is the home of the Hatchback Fan Club. Like you, I think it's the ideal car.

    Does anyone disagree??
  • Hatchbacks are awesome. They can house the best sounding stereo componants. I love my '84 Toyota Supra!!!!!!
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Hmmm., room for stereo components... Good idea, udamanj.

    Just one more good reason to go for the hatch!
  • Hatchbacks are probably the best cars for the money. They have as much cargo volume as wagons without looking as ugly as one.
  • Hear hear! I think the thing I like best about hatchbacks after their hauling capacity is simply their shape. Even the doofiest looking hatchback still has a pleasing outline to my eye. And the well designed ones look REALLY sharp!

    -Peg
  • what can anyone tell me about the saab 9000. I want one if the price is right but don't know much about them. Would their owners keep buy another one?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    I've hidden planet's question above because it is off-topic here. The question is a great one and I've created a new discussion for it. Saab fans, please join us at:

    Saab 900
  • Hmmm...hatchbacks - where to begin? I could go on and on about my '91 Festiva. Maybe I will...

    Huge cargo area with the rear seat folded up. We've moved recliners, tables, bookcases, and just about everything else in it. Two large U-Haul boxes fit perfectly, with plenty of room still left over. And once it's packed, I can still climb just about any hill in third gear. It may not be blindingly fast, but it'll get there.

    Totally reliable, and cheap to fix. In 190,000 miles of driving, we've had to replace the water pump, head gasket, and shifter gate (which plain flat wore out), a couple of wheel bearings (you gotta torque those bearing nuts to factory specs, which Pep Boys seems to NOT do), and a broken clutch fork (at 13k miles, covered under warranty). What other car can you buy four tires for, get them mounted and balanced, and still get change back for $100?? (Oil changes are cheap, too, when you only have to buy four quarts of oil.)

    The perfect urban vehicle. Can sit in traffic for hours without even thinking of overheating. Parking spots too small for most other cars to parallel-park in are yours for the taking. Nimble in tight traffic and small parking lots. And when traffic starts flowing again, you've got that 40+ MPG to accompany you home.

    Mildly theft-resistant. Who's going to mess with an old, faded hatchback when there's a nice new sedan parked next to it? (It's its own anti-theft device!)

    Besides, it can still outrun just about any Geo Metro or Daihatsu Charade ever made. Turboed Chevy Sprints are no problem, either.

    Okay, okay, so this was more of an ode to the subcompact, rather than the hatchback (I can't see my mother-in-law's '90 Mazda 626 GT hatchback, or even my wife's old '82 Citation, doing half of this stuff), but I think that as most subcompacts are hatchbacks, it's probably close enough. Besides, I don't have to tell you why you love your own car!!!
  • GuyPGuyP Posts: 50
    I just want to say that I own a VW Golf GTI and I love this hatchback!

    There are 2 questions that I want to discuss here.
    Responses are encouraged.

    1) What makes a hatchback better than a sedan?

    2) Why are hatchbacks associated with cheap, third-rate transport here on the U.S.?
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