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  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    We look forward to you sharing your experiences and opinions.

    Again, welcome to Town Hall and the Hatchbacks message board.
  • conallconall West TexasPosts: 91
    Has anyone noticed there are more "American" hatch-backs coming on the market? The 5-door Malibu & maybe soon a 5-door version of the Crossfire. It was called the Airflite at the L.A. Auto Show.
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    I think both of those are fast back. Hatchback, in my definition, has to have some sort of vertical drop off at the end of roof line. Anything that is sloping more than 75° would be a fast back in my view. But I am not sure where the distinction between a hatchback and station wagon ends. To me they are hatchbacks, as well as most SUVs and some minivans.
  • considering the low price good looks, i think i could customize it better performance and still leaves some money to spend, so i suitup twin turbo, fiberglass body, larger discs, fixed the steerings and etc. goes about 280hp estimate. well this is my fun car, my parents bought the new kia amanti recently like a month ago. don't be fooled with jaguars, it feels the same!!with less money!!
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Be sure and post in the Hyundai Tiburon discussion as well.

    Welcome to the Hatchbacks board!
  • conallconall West TexasPosts: 91
    Will the Mazdaspeed6 be available in a hatchback or fastback configuration? Well, the Audi A3 Quattro sure is interesting anyway!
  • jifjif Posts: 23
    I've had my si for almost a year and 17k wonderful miles. unlike other cars i have owned and currently own i am looking forward to putting as many miles on my si as i can. iam shooting for 200-300k. wish me luck
  • adamssjadamssj Posts: 11
    Hi guysss first time seeing this board so I decided to post, IM SO GLAD I found this place, I just got enough money saved up to buy a decent integra and this place is PERFECT to find out anything I need info wise on those quick little hatches. But anywayz just wanted to introduce myself and look forward to learning alot!
  • fitguyfitguy Posts: 222
    Saw this post & wanted to say hi and what a great thing it is that America has re-discovered the hatchback (or is 5-Door more politically correct?) We have a '04 Mazda 6S hatch and it is a fun, versatile car.

    Last (and only) other hatchback owned: a 1984 Escort I bought for my wife to learn how to drive a stick and not wreck the clutch on my new '87 Accord! Functional? Yep. Fun? Nope.

    Now, if Chevy could just figure a way to make the Malibu Maxx pretty........:)
  • I am interested in buying a 2002 Honda Civic Si, but I can't seem to find one that is an automatic. This would be my first car and I am a little shakey on getting a Manual because I learned on an automatic.
    Does anyone know if they made automatics for this model? Or does anyone know where I can buy one? :confuse:

    Thank you all.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Welcome! If you ask in the Honda Civic Si / SiR there will be plenty of people who can provide you with the history and option of this car.">link title
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    You can plainly see at Honda's website that, no, they do not offer the Si with an automatic.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Hi, I'm Doohickie, and I'm looking for a hatchback.
    [Everyone else: "Hi, Doohickie!"]

    Here is where I'm at: In August, my wife starts her teaching job. At that point, I will put my daily commuter, a 95 Ford Aspire with 115k miles, up for sale and be looking to replace it. Looking to spend about $14-18k on a car that I will likely drive myself for about 5 years, then turn over to my son who's just starting high school to use when he is away at college (figuring no car for him freshman year of college). Hope to get about 10 years out of the car in total.

    Must have: Automatic (Mrs. Doohickie doesn't drive stick, which was a problem at times with the Aspire), Hatchback, A/C, Cruise, Pwr Windows/Locks, Keyless Entry, Rear Wiper & Defogger, must make 30+ mpg freeway.
    Highly desireable but not show stoppers include: 6-disc CD Changer, Intermittent Wipers, Antilock Brakes, makes high 20's or better mpg in the city.
    Nice to have: Leather, Side Airbags

    I had a list of about 30 models and narrowed down to these finalists: Scion xA & xB, Hyundai Elantra 5 dr, Kia Spectra5, Suzuki Reno & Aerio SX, Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix, and Ford Focus ZX3.

    I started posting around here looking for insights into the different models. I was geeked up by the Spectra5 and Elantra owners, figuring maybe these were good cars. Test drove both today and was sorely disappointed with both. Interior design and quality of materials was substandard, acceleration was poor on both, and both had a shimmy at 70 mph. Two peas in a pod.

    I've also driven the xA. I will readily admit it is underpowered, but was impressed by the build quality and the way they got the most out of the little engine.

    The Focus drives like a Ford. This isn't all bad, since I've had an Escort Wagon for 10 years (the car my older son now drives) and am used to it. My Escort with 110k miles has a better ride and better acceleration than either of the Korean cars I drove today.

    I think the B in xB stands for Butt-ugly. Seriously. But after driving the Elantra, I went over to the Toyota dealer with my younger son (who may get this purchase as his college car) and he immediately fell in love with it. Althought it is butt-ugly on the outside, it's beautiful from the driver's seat. I may drive it tomorrow.

    I have yet to really check out the Matrix/Vibe. I love the configuration of the Aerio SX wagon (especially the interior), but am worried about Suzuki reliability over the long haul. I plan to check it out, as well as the Reno; if they don't ride well I'll cross them off my list.

    Any advice about these cars? Are there others I should consider (Mazda3 5-door is too pricey for what you get in my opinion). What should I look for?
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Welcome! I see you have found the "Which Hatchback?" discussion and jumped right in. :)
  • colleenmcolleenm Posts: 2
    Hi I just bought a Ford Focus 4-door Hatchback on Saturday and found when I drive long distances my foot falls asleep. Does anyone know how to remedy this problem?
  • twistylocstwistylocs Posts: 20

    After years (and I do mean YEARS) of research, kicking tires, and waiting until our ship came in, my husband and I finally took delivery of a 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 (SES) today. It's our first car together, and our first new car (he's bought used cars from friends and family before).

    Even though I grew up in a Ford family, if it wasn't for the new Family price promotion, we probably would have ended up with a different car. But as it stands now, we really like our new car and look forward to learning all there is to know about it!

    BTW, does anyone know of any other Focus forums on the web that aren't totally "racer and performance" oriented? We intend to keep the car mostly stock.
  • twistylocstwistylocs Posts: 20
    The only thing I can think of is that the angle of the seat must be pressing against a nerve and/or cutting off your circulation. Try changing the seat height to see if that helps, or if not, try wearing a different kind of shoe.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    took delivery of a 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 (SES) today ... Even though I grew up in a Ford family, if it wasn't for the new Family price promotion, we probably would have ended up with a different car.

    The automatic was rated number one by Consumer Reports I believe. Have a great summer!
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