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Inexpensive new hatchback wanted



  • alextalext Posts: 63
    Looking for advice...

    The suzuki swift will outlast the Hyundai, even though Hyundai does offer a better warranty. It's not as powerful, but it gets MUCH better gas mileage. So you'll save money every month on trips to the gas station. The Swift's hatchback is also very nice since it can fit quite a lot of junk in it even though it looks small. The hyundai, on the other hand, has a very small trunk that will not fit furniture of any kind. I suggest getting the Swift, it'll save you money on gas and maintenance.
  • mstnt007mstnt007 Posts: 2
    I am interested in the Daewoo Nubria Hatch. 4 door, does any one out there own one??? If so please give us some input about this H/B. I have checked out Edmunds site and the price seems very good. But info on ride, fuel economy, performance etc. is needed. Any info is appreciated
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    The things I see wrong about Daewoo are:

    they were the miscreants who made the very poorly rated Pontiac LeMans from 1988-1993. Daewoo offers little help and it is simply impossible to make one of these reliable.

    the Daewoo company is using low-income college students to sell their cars and they are selling them like Saturns...retail discounts...only financing incentives.

    Kia has been making bulletproof (if slow and boring) Ford Festivas and Ford Aspires and these cars, although small and uninteresting, are very good cars.

    Hyundai finally figured out that sending a product over here without making it good is useless, now they have to offer 10-year warranties to sell their cars.

    Kia has a decent car, the Sephia, but it is only a sedan. For a small hatchback, (since I drive one) I would choose a Chevrolet Metro. The hatchback version is only a 2-door, but you can get a catapult seat that makes it a cinch to get in and out of the back, and it gets phenomenal mileage with a 5-speed. The sedan has a folding rear seat for cargo. Both get a $1000 rebate and Chevy dealers will heavily discount them (there is about $600 profit here to work with). The similar car you've been talking about, the Suzuki Swift, would work fine except that if you want a radio, or air conditioning, or anything else for that matter, you have to have the dealer install it. There are very few Suzuki dealers, and they have to order Swifts because they never carry them...thus they are difficult to discount. A Metro similarly equipped is cheaper with the rebates and a normal $400-$600 discount. Email me for stories of my Metro (a 1995 LSi 4-cylinder automatic hatchback)
  • Honda is missing the boat by not making the civic hatchback available with 4 wheel drive. subaru quit making the justy w/4wd in '95. my subaru justy 4wd is very old and tired and in researching for something comparable, there is nothing out there. i want something dependable and strictly utility - no frills. suv's are horrible in every respect and to spend money for one is insane. if honda made the civic hatchback w/4wd for around $13,000, i would be the first in line to buy one.
  • spelli. The Justy, and it's predecessor (sort of) Subaru Hatchback, were truly singular vehicles. I think you might be stuck trying to find a used Impreza, at that price!
  • The Ford Escort has become pricy the Festiva/Aspire are no longer imported.I understand next year a new model based on Ford Fiesta will be available here.I can't wait my 1988 Festiva has 206,000 miles and 1994 Aspire 126,000 all trouble free minus of course tires,exhaust and brakes which wore down not failed !!
    The Festiva continues as the Pride and Aspire as Avella
    Why doesn't Kia sell those cars here,I would buy one in a heart beat.
  • Hyundia Elantra wagon. Daewoos are nice but I thought the Elantra wagon was the best. I just bought one for $200 under invoice with rebate. For $12200 I got; auto, A/C, power windows and locks, cruise, Michelin tires, many Bosch engine parts, good radio, excellent ride, fast, quiet, comfortable, 39 cu/ft trunk ( I'm 6 ft tall and can lay flat in back with lid down), 10 yr warranty. 5sp is $600 less. The car is about 1 ft longer than my 89 Tracer hatchback. I considered the Accent but not enough power. For $2000 more that an Accent you can get the Elantra wagon. I'm only writing this to pay back all the good information I received while shopping for my car. Thanks all of you.
  • For anyone looking for a used hatchback I would recomend having a look at these. I have a 91 EGT and it is a hatch back, i think of it as a civic si that is useful! Not the most refined car on the road but it is quick, fun to drive, and I can carry big items in it.
  • I have about $3500 to buy a used car for inner city driving and occational highway excursion(I am a college student). From what people talk here, it seems that ford escort, Mazda mirage, Chevy cavalier, or Geo metro met my requirement.

    I would like to get someone's advice on this: how reliable are the above mentioned cars? Say, a car around 93' or with no more than 10k miles on it. Or, what kind of the car should I looking for with those money, if a trouble-free(no need for big maintainence, if any) car for at least 4 or 5 years is possible?

    Advise and help highly appreciated. Thanks very much. Please reply to
  • For those you are asking when is Kia bringing these cars here in the U.S., Kia will bring the 4-door Sephia hatchback known as the Kia Shuma in Korea here starting in March 2000 based on their press release dated December 21. It will be called the Kia Spectra here in the U.S. and will be introduced at the L.A. Auto Show and the North America Auto Show in Detroit in January.

    As for the Kia Rio which will replace the Kia Avella better known as the Ford Aspire, this vehicle will be a four-door subcompact and probably be introduced at the auto shows mentioned above. Nonetheless, it will be available in June 2000 as a 2001 model. This vehicle will also replace the old Kia Pride (Ford Festiva).

    Hopefully, this info helps.
  • It wouls sure be nice to have the Ka here, it is like a Geo Metro in looks and size and power. But in that class, a Suzuki Swift is the best buy. Brand new, with air, 5-speed, defroster, wiper, tach, cassette, and freight, it is only $10,499. Take off any rebates that may apply and then there is about $800 of profit to deal with. You can probably get the car close to $9000, for a brand new car, with a 79hp engine. The European specification Ka has only 59hp according to GT2.

    Enterprise still has some 1997 Metro sedans for sale in West Coast states. Check with your local Enterprise agent for sale dates and locations. Those are selling for about $4000 each with 40-50K on them.
  • hey i know that money is short, believe me im a high school student with a part-time job, i bought a daewoo lanos hatchback with a 3year , 36,ooo mile warranty, for only 9,500!!! air,automatic,and radio includes. i put down roughly 5,000 and pay 130 a month. Even though the daewoo isnt tested im using it until the warranty runs out before i buy a new car!!!! you cant beat it a car that will be fixed for free for 36000 miles and is under 10,000 brand new!!!

  • since Daewoo Motor America is now bankrupt and up for auction, how are you going to get your service? Should have bought a Chevy Metro...
  • lperrylperry Posts: 4
    Hyndai Tiburon... I have never driven one, but i heard their cheap, preform decently, and have a good warranty...Integra is the best hatchback, but not very cheap.
  • lperrylperry Posts: 4
    if you find a low milage Honda CRX, buy it.
  • focuszx3rfocuszx3r Posts: 92
    If you arent gonna get in an accident buy a Ford Focus ZX3. Trust me I got one and its great! Just go see the message board for proof
  • poconojoepoconojoe Posts: 42
    If we asked the question "What's your favorite flavor of Ice cream" You would chime in Ford Focus and it tastes great.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Actually, the crash tests on the Focus ZX3 weren't too bad. Not to complain, but does anyone buy a car with the intention of having an accident in it?? Just curious.
  • atlas1212atlas1212 Posts: 5
    I lost my job and now have to sell my Lanos S Hatchback dirt cheap. Just take over my 250.00 a month payments with nothing down. Or 10,000.

    It is white, has AIR, AUTO, 3600 miles.

    Email me at
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