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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and congrats on your new 2002 Elantra GT! May it serve you well for many years to come. Btw, have you had a chance to check out our Hyundai Elantra Owner's Club? While you're there, perhaps take a moment to say hello in our Meet the Members discussion. We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience. Happy motoring! ;-)

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  • klynfklynf Posts: 1
    Hi! I'm new to this message board and also new to buying cars! I am a college student (almost ready to graduate) and am looking into buying my first car. I am currently driving a Pontiac Grand Am that my parents decided to lease for me, but my lease ends in a few months. I've been going to car dealers and researching online to find a good reliable, long-lasting car that can move me from PA to CA (undergrad to grad school.....quite a move!). I'm also not going to have any money to replace whatever I buy for many, many years (I'm going for a Ph.D...8 years in school and not making any $$$). So I went to the VW dealer and test drove a Passat, Jetta, and a Golf. I think they had to pry me from the Golf, I loved it so much! I never thought of myself as a hatchback driver, but this car was great! I am now trying to sell the car on my parents (they are helping my make the initial payment, so they are giving their opinions freely). They want me driving a nice and large, safe, family-sized car like an Accord, so when I said "Golf" they were less than thrilled. If anyone has any info or experience with namely the reliability, safety, longevity, and cargo capacity of these cars, please send it my way! Thanks a lot!
    klynf@hotmail.com
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for your introduction. You'll find lots of information (i.e. cargo capacity, crash test score, and etc.) on the VW Golf in Edmunds' New and Used Vehicle guides. Look for direct links at the top of this page.

    Also, you can learn a lot by participating in our discussions. Please feel free to post any questions in our ongoing VW Golf discussion. Good luck.

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  • Hi - I'm here because my Integra GS-R was stolen so I'm shopping for a new car. So far hatchbacks are appealing to me the most - Protege5, Matrix, Vibe - so I'm spending most of my research time here. The idea of having something that's fun and yet flexible and useful is very appealing. Thanks to everyone for so many informative posts!

    Oh, and to everyone who has an Integra - keep yours safe! Since the theft I've discovered the Integra is very attractive to thieves. Wish I'd known that before.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and sorry to hear about your Integra. Good luck in finding a new vehicle, and please keep us posted on what you decide. Happy shopping.

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  • hjr2hjr2 Posts: 105
    i have owned(or co-owned with spouse) 77 camaro, 87 spectrum,90 sentra xe,97 200sx,99sonata gls-v6,01 tiburon.

    the tibby is the hatchback. Nice for large and odd shaped boxes, vs normal trunk. I like the GT elantra, but will have to wait about 2 1/2 more years. Like our Sonata, but would like to trade for GT, more versatile and better mpg and less expensive.

    would like to see the Mini, when I can. I will need to drive 90 miles to see one, when dealerships open up next month.
  • hjr2hjr2 Posts: 105
    hey, is this the same Volfy that used to post on the hyundai connection website about 6-8 months ago?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for your introduction. Glad to see you've had a chance to stop by a few of the discussions on this board. Feel free to also join us in our ongoing Tiburon Owners discussion. See you around Town Hall! ;-)

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  • i'm considering buying a ford focus zx3 and have appreciated what I could read on these message boards. definitely has cleared up most of my confusion about car buying. thanks.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    For a supplement of American Lawyer magazine, we are looking for lawyers (any age, sex, kind of car) who are car nuts. Please respond by March 9 to Lorraine Dusky at lordusky@aol.com

    Any questions? Contact Edmunds.com PR at jfallon@edmunds.com

    Thanks for your participation.

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  • Hi! I'm here cause I have an interest in small sporty cars, and like to read what others have to say, and maybe put in my 2 cents. I'm 26 and have had quite a few cars in my life. Here's a breakdown:

    82.5 Firebird - 4 cylinder which eventually locked-up
    87 Sentra 2dr - nice car, but crashed it my first month (not my fault)
    82 Celica 5sp - awesome, awesome car, if you don't mind the rust
    91 Corolla - lots of miles, but ran well (I missed my Celica)
    99 Civic EX 5sp - Got me around, liked VTEC, but wanted something more
    02 RSX-S - Finally something to replace my Celica, I love this car

    So if you find me posting with an Acura/Honda bias, don't be supprised.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Hi stephenbeck- Glad to hear this board has been helpful. Good luck and please keep us posted on your purchase.

    Hi poorting- Thanks for your introduction. Sounds like you have a lot of insights to share on a number of different vehicles. Also, glad to hear your RSX is serving you well. I look forward to seeing you around Town Hall. ;-)

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  • thanks for the warm welcome!
  • vkwheelsvkwheels Posts: 218
    I'm new and shopping around. I've been hanging around the Matrix message board last few days.
    Question:
    I posted a note that someone responded to with a query that was off-topic. He said we could take it to email, but my profile email was protected at the time. So was his. I responded to his off-topic question on the message board.

    Is this what I should have done? I couldn't see another way to reply to his question. I ended up making my email public too, which if I had my druthers, I'd rather not do.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for your concern. Don't worry, a couple off topic messages every now and then is not a problem. Btw, all our email are set to "private" by default, so don't hesitate to let the other participant know that he needs to reset his email option. Also, my advice is to use a separate email address (i.e hotmail/yahoo) that you don't mind making public.

    If you want to continue the off topic subject, and you don't want to give out your email, you could also suggest to continue the subject in a more appropriate discussion and perhaps provide a link. Also, feel free to start up a new discussion if necessary.... Hope this is helpful. See you around the Town hall! ;-)

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  • limpyboylimpyboy Posts: 26
    Hello all. I've been lurking on some, posting on other boards for a few months and thought I'd introduce myself.

    I'm a graphic designer and editor in my mid-30s. I like wagons, small SUVs and I dream about pickups, but refuse to buy one again because of mileage issues.

    Among cars I've owned (with some comments):
    1980 Ford Granada (Look at that half-vinyl top! Eeeewwww!
    1986 Nissan Sentra (indestructible powertrain)
    1990 Volkswagen Jeta GLI (My favorite)
    1999 Dodge Durango (bought with my ego, not my brain)

    I'm ditching the Durango ASAP and leaning toward the Toyota Matrix.

    Edmunds -- and its users -- just flat-out rock! There's no better auto site on the Web.
  • andy632andy632 Posts: 5
    Hello. My wife and I are expecting our first child. Consequently, it is time to trade in our 93 Eagle Summit 2 dr for something a little more family friendly. My wife would love to get a SUV, but the budget won't allow for it. It looks like we'll be looking to spend $16 K or less. If anyone has suggestions regarding an appropriate vehicle considering our situation and budget, I would be grateful. So far, the choices appear to be the Elantra GT, Focus ZX5, and the Protege5.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Hi limpyboy- Thanks for your message. Glad to see you've found your way to our Toyota Matrix discussion. We look forward to hearing about your purchase experience.

    Hi andy632- In addition to the "Which 5 door hatchhack", you may also want to check out our and Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Mazda Protege5 and Vibe vs. Matrix vs. PTCruiser vs. Focus ZX5 vs. Protege5 discussions. Also, feel free to start a new topic (i.e Focus ZX5 vs Hyundai Elantra) if you'd like. Good luck with your decision.

    I look forward to seeing you both around the Hatchbacks & Station Wagons message boards. Happy shopping!

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  • I joined late last week.

    I'm 25, from Ontario Canada.

    I am waiting for my Mini Cooper 'S' to arrive. I currently drive a Saturn SC-1 (I'm gonna miss it very much as it's been VERY fun and reliable, not to mention dent and rust resistant). I'm gonna worry sick about the New Mini.

    My second choice for a car would have been a 2002 Firebird/Camaro. My third was the Miata.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    We are looking for any woman who has recently bought or driven a hybrid car.
    If you fit this description and care to share your input on the subject, please contact Kristen Gerencher at kgerencher@marketwatch.com or Jeannine Fallon at jfallon@edmunds.com by noon EST Tuesday, March 19. Thanks for your participation.

    To someblondeguy- Thanks for your introduction. We look forward to hearing all about your Mini Cooper S when it arrives. Happy motoring!

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  • patkellypatkelly Posts: 1
    I'm car stupid, but deliver pizza's with stop, start, night driving. Looking for a cheap car that's reliable, automatic, and will go and go and go and have working air. I drive like a little old lady, so sport and power are not important. I live in old jeans so looks don't matter. A recommended re-builder has an acura integra hatchback 1987 for $2500, says he rebuilt or reconditioned(?) the transmission, and everything in good shape? Any idea?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Here are a couple other discussions where you should also post (copy/paste) your question: Acura Integra and Used hatchbacks: got any ideas? Good luck.

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  • Slainte' m'hath!

    28, new driver, mother's a former mechanic, looking at getting a '91 323 ...details are over in the Mazda 323 forum.

    First time buying a car - a little paranoid about this, but trying to be fair to the dealers.

    Help? :)

    -Betty-
    (My mother is a mechanic, but apparently I didn't absorb much.)
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and glad to see you've found your way to our ongoing Mazda 323 discussion. For more ideas/feedback, you should also check out our ongoing Used Hatchbacks discussion. Use your copy/paste so you don't have to re-write your message. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.

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  • chmeeeechmeeee Posts: 327
    I am 22, an engineering student at WPI right now, and driving a 1994 Chevy Lumina which I urgently need to replace. Before this car I had a 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity.
    Currently, these are my options (in order of preference):
    Mini Cooper
    Ford Focus SVT
    Saab 9-3
    Pontiac Vibe
    Acura RSX-S
    Ford Focus ZX-3
    Used Audi A4 1.8T
    I dont think I'll ever be able to decide. Let me know if anybody has any recommendations!

    -Patrick
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for your introduction. Glad you've found your way over to our Mini Cooper discussion. Also, here's another discussion that I think you'd appreciate: Best Hot Hatch - Mini, Civic Si, Celica GT-S, RSX, GTI, Tiburon, SVT.... Good luck with your decision. ;-)

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  • Hello, everyone. I am new here, although I have been following a couple of groups for a few days. I must say that I am impressed with the general tone here; there is a minimum of nastiness and a maximum of helpfulness.

    I'm going to be trading in my 1994 Tercel soon because it has no air conditioning. I live in Los Angeles, and now that I've hit 50 (years, not mph) I seem to need a/c. I'll be buying a hatchback, but, like a lot of people here, can't make up my mind between Protege5, Matrix, and Elantra among others.

    I do have a question to which I cannot seem to find an answer. Considering price, when is the best time of year to buy a car (in a place that doesn't have much of a winter)?

    Thanks for any ideas.
  • poorjuddpoorjudd Posts: 32
    OK I'll introduce myself.
    HI , I am Me.
    I don't currently drive a hatch, even though I am very interested in getting a '88 or 89 Mazda 323 GTX, which is a great AWD 2 dr turbo hatchback. I wish someone would make something like it brand new so I wouldn't have to buy a car that old, but I am saving for all the mods that I have planned, and of course for the car itself.
    That is it.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    To libraryuser- "best time of the year to buy."

    The answer will vary depending on the make/model and availability. But in my own personal experience, I've usually seen better deals near the end of the year; on the other hand if you wait too long, there may be less of a selection. My 2 cents. Btw, here's an archived Smart Shopper discussion that you may find interesting: best time to purchase a used or new car?. Good luck with your decision.

    To poorjudd- Here's a direct link to our ongoing Mazda 323 discussion where you should also copy/paste your message. We also have a new member in there (wordartist) that you may want to share notes with.... Good luck with your decision.

    Happy shopping!

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  • lkrk10lkrk10 Posts: 2
    Hello all,

    I am a current and very proud owner of a 00 Black Ford Focus. I had previously owned a Ranger and with my new move and longer drive. I was forced to find something economical and in my price range. My ZX3 is the most fun, I have had driving in a long time. Being a previous Mustang owner I naturally went for one of them. Due to budget constraints (wife) I was forced to look other wise. I recommend to everyone we meet to drive my Focus or to go out and test drive one for them selves. Although upon getting a raise I will be forced to trade in my ZX3 and buy a ZX5.
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