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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


  • 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 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!!!!
  • 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.
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