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Used Hatchbacks - Got any ideas?

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  • I bought a 91 Subaru Justy GL, and I love it. It's small but it uses space very efficiently. I get 38 mpg overall, and it isn't slow either. Handling is mediocre on the 13" wheels, but this car is so cheap, putting on 15" wheels is no problem and improves handling immensly.

    OH, and this car is 4wd! Goes through any depth of snow with ease.

    Reliable as a Honda, seats 4 easily, and no one has one, unlike the slew of Civics and Eclipses that are everywhere.

    Get the 5 speed, 4wd version. Comes with a tach and A/C. I still can't understand why they stopped making this car....
  • mrxbromrxbro Posts: 2
    Has anyone heard of this car? It seeems Mazda put out this 5-door hatchback in the early nineties and then dropped it. Does anyone out there know anything about this model? Reliability? Sportiness? (I've searched around the net and have found little info available. I have discovered that Mazda seems to be making a nice looking new 626 hatchback for sale everywhere but here.)

    Thanks
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    You may want to try posting (copy/paste) your question on our Sedans Board, Mazda 626, part 2.


    Please return to share any information you find regarding the 626 hatchback. Thanks!


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  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Be sure to check out this informative article from Edmunds.com's features: How to Get a Used Car Bargain, by Philip Reed and John DiPietro. What do you think?


    Thanks for your comments. ;-)


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  • bmann2bmann2 Posts: 2
    somewhat expensive but has 160 hp in a 2600 lb car, all options including ABS, moonroof, A/C, Fog lights, etc, and is classified under "economy car", so insurance isn't very high. expect around $5000-$8000 for one with low miles and in good condition. rare too.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    -Edmunds.com's Used PowerShopper will assist you in buying or selling a used vehicle.


    - Edmunds.com's Used Vehicle Appraiser will help you determine the true market value of a used vehicle in your area.


    Let us know what you think. These items will also be linked into the Additional Resources box, on the left hand side of the page. Happy Shopping!

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  • I own a 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo I love the car it is unbelievibily fast for an 87 it comes out of the factory with 232 hp I think if you are looking for a hatch back with power and speed I think the supra is the way to go. My supra spins the tires for 1st gear to 4th. And blows away just about every mustang 5.0 out there. I think this is the way to go if you are looking for speed and power.

    Reliability wise the car is great I have to replace the power steering pump on it now and that is it. No a a heavy price for a "street legal race car".
  • ranaldranald Posts: 147
    It's tricky to get speed, reliability and low price all in one car.

    2nd gen (94?-99) Eclipses/Talons tend to be cheap and can be very, very fast but they're small and cramped and often have reliability problems.

    A last-gen Probe GT (93-96?) is cheap and can be alot of fun (it's even got a V6) but the maintainance and reliability can be a risk. They eat spark plug wires, the tranny's can be fragile, etc.

    A Civic hatch would tend to be pretty reliable (the only thing sure to kill a Honda is rust) but not so cheap and not as fast. There's a huge aftermarket fot them, though.

    A used Integra would seem to be a nice balance,
    reliable and decently fast, but they would also tend to be pricier(used) than your other options.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Did you ever hear the term "certified used car" and wonder what that means...? From Edmunds' Advice section, here's an interesting new article about certified used car programs: Certified Used Cars — The Wave of the Future, by Philip Reed. Let us know what you think. Thanks for your participation.

    ;-)

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  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I was hoping to get myself either a Hyundai Elantra GT or a Focus ZX5. Car failure meant that I had to move before both were readily available and I'm now driving an Elantra GLS. That means my 17 year old daughter is moved down to our oldest vehicle, a 1994 Caravan. Obviously it's humiliating. I've offered to swap it out, but want something that you can throw stuff into. That means swapping it out on either an Escort hatch (or maybe wagon) or Sundance/Shadow of about the same age. This will still humiliate her but less than the van.

    So, what is or was your experience with these cars? Reliable? (sort of) safe? Which (if any) should I buy. Would also consider a Mazda 323.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    so you may want to give it another day or two for more participant response. In the meantime, have you had a chance to compare these vehicles in Edmunds' Used Vehicle Guide and Advanced Vehicle Search? Just a little hint about using our Used Vehicle Guide:


    Once you look up one vehicle (i.e. 94 4-door LX Ford Escort, all you have to do click on the "Other Compact Hatchbacks" link near the top of the page, and it will take you to a page listing ALL the other similar models (hatchbacks) available in the same year. Btw, at a quick glance in Edmunds' Used Vehicle Guide, I noticed the Ford Escort had the highest reliability rating of the three. I was comparing 94's models. Crash test results on the 94 Escort were also "good"; however I should note, there was no information about driver/passenger air bags.

    One thing you may want to consider is that safety equipment, such as dual airbags and steel beams in the side doors, were not standard equipment on most make/models prior to 1995. Also, vehicle weight is going to be the biggest factor in terms of safety. For that reason, you may even want to consider keeping the Dodge Caravan, or at the very least buying a station wagon, as you mentioned you might do.

    Insurance costs will also be lower with a Van/Station Wagon, than a compact hatchback..., especially for a teenager. Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

    Good luck with your decision, and please return to let us know what you decide. ;-)

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  • godroxgodrox Posts: 2
    I admit, I don't exactly know all there is to know about cars, what's good and what's not. I'm probably going to purchase one of two cars, both used, and am not sure which one is good. I've read various pros and cons for each car, making them about even in my mind. What do you guys think? Here are the two cars I'm deciding between:

    1997 Toyota Paseo 2D Hatchback, 30k miles, $7,000, 5-speed manual, 6-disk CD changer, power sun-roof, spoiler, a/c, alloy wheels, 1.5L 4cyl. Wrecked once 3 years ago and needed new front clip, but there have been no problems since then. This is a private sale.

    OR

    1996 Ford Probe SE 2D Hatchback, 36k miles, $5,900, 5-speed manual, radio/cassette, 2L 4cyl. This is a dealership sale.

    So, what do you think? What advice and recommendations do you have concerning these two cars? I'd appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks!
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    What you should get is whatever suits your needs better.

    Paseo: a bit newer, will certainly get better gas mileage, but also less room (tiny, tiny back seat), smaller in general and more expensive;

    Probe: a bit sportier, less money, good Mazda engine, a bit more room, but worse gas mileage and perhaps less reliable (though you never know).

    Check the insurance rates for both, this might help with the decision as well. Also, check the message boards about both cars here and see what owners have to say. Good luck.
  • godroxgodrox Posts: 2
    Thanks for your input, ghulet! I've pretty much decided to go with the Probe. Thanks!
  • tomj5tomj5 Posts: 209
    I bought a 90 Mitsy Mirage 1.5L/Auto tranny, new. I drove it to work 10 years without a single problem for 120K miles. Never had an AC problem.
    Did routine maintenance on it and had the boots changed about every 3 years. It would cruise AZ I-8 at the speed limit in 115/125 degree heat with a cold ac and doing 40mpg, passing dead fords and chevys. (Ford/chevs cooling systems can't handle extreme heat for long periods????) The Mirage had a large radiator with two big fans. The temp gauge never varied even on hills. Used ones are very hard to find. I can see why. This is a perfect car for a college student. Amazing what you can put in it.
    I am retired and still have it. It is a great around town car(Phoenix). I would like a new car but can't bear to give it up. Yup, it still gets 40mpg and purrs like a fat cat.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Read the full story in this Edmunds' article: Why Buy New? By Christian Wardlaw. Let us know what you think. Happy Motoring!

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  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    for 'Autofocus' magazine? I live in Chicago and try to pick it up every week, then again I love to read anything car related. I guess the article is also trying to illustrate that most two year old used cars can be a great value, which is true, as the first two years are when cars take a big initial 'hit'.

    I would love (since I'm broke and have lousy credit) someone to write an article on good 'beaters', i.e. used cars for $500-5000. I live in the city of Chicago, our rents are high, lots of us don't drive to work, so many of us have 'beaters.' I do realize that previous owner care has a lot to do with the 'goodness' of a used car (especially one this old), but older cars can still be compared on their merits, can't they?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    That's a great idea. Can I suggest that you copy/paste your message onto the Edmunds' feedback form on this page? In the meantime, you may find this Edmunds' article interesting: Five Good Cheap Cars. ;-)

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    If you're in the market for a used vehicle, here's some good information you don't want to miss: Vehicle Inspection Reports, Your Key to a Good Used Car, by Philip Reed. Hope this is helpful. Happy shopping.

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  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    What would you chose? I need a reliable car above all. It will be 5 spd. Any of you have had experiences with these 2 cars?

    Thanx, Dinu
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