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What do you like about hatchbacks?



  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    I'll take a stab at the first question and I have no doubt that many others will go for the second. :-) To me, hatchbacks are just so much more versatile than sedans that everybody can benefit from them -- especially if you are comparing them with similar sized sedans. There is more room for "stuff" and the stuff doesn't have to come in "trunk size" Think of all the money one can save on delivery! We recently crammed a treadmill in the back of our VW Golf -- umm, it didn't fit in our Honda CRX -- but that's another topic!!!
  • garthgarth Posts: 66
    In response to 2. - it's tough to find a hatchback in the States that isn't inexpensive. Also, because we have extremely cheap gasoline, much milder restrictions on engine size, etc., those that want utility just get an SUV. In much of Europe, for instance, those with larger engines are taxed more, so the market forces smaller cars to be multipurpose vehicles.
  • GuyPGuyP Posts: 50
    Thanks everyone!

    Those are pretty good responses.

    In response to you, Garth, there's is one hatchback that I would never buy and that is the BMW 318ti. I'm sure you can imagine why.

    Carlady, did you ever notice that the Golf's (A3) C-pillar is much wider than the GTI's C-pillar? I just noticed this b/c many reviewers were comlaining that the Golf's C-pillar was getting wider. I looked at my GTI's and said, "not really, what were they talking about?" Then I realized that it may be the case for the 4-door version, and sure enough, it is!

    I measured the GTI's C-pillar to be about 1.5 stretched hands wide and the Golf's C-pillar to be about 2.5 stretched hands wide! What a big difference wouldn't you say?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Well, wonders never cease! You're right of course, and yes, they do make a difference. But I'll stick with my four-door and its large c-pillar. In addition to making it easier to load the back seats with groceries, etc., I personally have a thing about everybody having his own door and a window that rolls down. God forbid, but in case of an accident, I'd hate to think that my passengers route out of the car would be over my dead body (so to speak.) Anyway, that's my own horror. Not that we often have passengers in the back anyway.
  • paepae Posts: 3
    of course hatchbacks are more pactical cars. Between my Subaru Justy and my girlfriends fiat uno, we've hauled enough freight to fill a 40 foot conatiner. Now, that i've upgraded to a vw golf, i 'm pretty sure i wont have any moving problems. My girlfreind tho has bought a nissan sentra which may 10 time smore comfartable than the uno, but can't touch when it comes to a full load.
  • bchaubchau Posts: 8
    Say, no one responded to "why aren't they making hatch" anymore.

    I looove the Accord hatch, but why did they stop making it. It looked good and, as all hatch are, functional. What else can anyone ask for?
  • xtrooperxtrooper Posts: 1
    My wife have a Escot Hatchback, the nice thing is that it looks sporty then it haul more load than any other, easy to load and unload.
  • malaenamalaena Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me about their experiences with the Toyota Celica hatch? I'm considering buying one soon. What do you think about Saturn SC1? Do you think they're worth the money? How about Eagle Talons?
  • garthgarth Posts: 66
    I dunno about the saturn, but I definitely don't think a Celica is worth the money...
  • Talons rock, but the Plymouth Laser and Mitz Eclipse are the same cars with a less expensive name. I love my Laser but for someone who didn't it wouldn't be worth it.
  • On any of the three DSMs get a 1st gen. After that, well...
  • KenyattaKenyatta Posts: 1
    I really like the hatchback because of the great mileage, space, look, and the cost. I would like to have more information about purchasing one. I love to drive my friends hatchback, so now I am interested in leasing one of my own.

  • yanzyanz Posts: 1
    I love the hatchback so do my wife. And now we are going to buy a hatchback used car. who can give me some advices?
  • CRXsRuleCRXsRule Posts: 1
    Hey. If anyone out there has any information on why I shouldn't buy a CRX, please write back. I am thinking about purchasing one, but I don't want something bad to happen to it. Please write back if you know anything that could go wrong with a CRX. Thanks
  • zhdzhd Posts: 18
    I am currently driving a '86 olds 98, and missing my first car so much. It was a '87 tercel. Plan to buy another realiable used hatchback (stick) with a student budget. Seems my choices are very limited. Appreciate any suggestions and comments.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Of course, I'm a big hatchback fan myself! If I wasn't, reading this topic would convince that every family deserves one. :-)

    Just a reminder for folks with comments/questions about specific models. Please use the search feature on the menu bar below to find out if a discussion is already underway about the specific car or topic that interests you. If you don't see what you want, feel free to start a new discussion. Since this topic is a general one, it's not really the best place to find an answer to a specific question!

  • I would recommend anyone who is considering a hatchback to look into a civic DX. I currently own a '97 with 51,000 miles on it. I have never had a problem with it and enjoy it as if it were still new. Good luck.
  • jdb1jdb1 Posts: 2
    Hi! I posted basically the same message on another conference, then found this one -- I am looking at buying a 2-3 yr old Subaru Impreza or maybe a Legacy (which know is a wagon and not a hatch) -- has anyone got any advice or input on them? The Impreza seems a bit spartan on the inside (except for the Outback which I doubt if I can afford). I have not taken one for a drive yet, so my knowledge is limited and would appreciate any advice.

    I LOVE hatchbacks -- had a 93 Golf which I thought was great until the paint started bubbling and peeling and I had to go through enormous hassles to get VW Canada to repaint (twice!!) the then 2 yr old car. It is amazing how one bad experience can colour one's impression of an entire make of car. Unfortunately I am now very VW-shy, which is too bad given the VERY limited number of hatchbacks available (especially 4-dr!!). Wouldn't a 4dr Civic be a great idea??!!
  • jdb1jdb1 Posts: 2
    Oh yeah - why I like hatchbacks - there is no format (not pickup or sedan which is better for carrying hockey gear.
  • mavehmaveh Posts: 1
    Hey guys, I have an Escort Htchbck and I love
    it!!! Okay, I don't love the escort, but it is
    great having that hatch!! I just recently moved,
    and I could fit 2 fabric covered parson chairs in
    it, and I still had space!! I want to sell
    it and get a BMW 318ti. I used to want a sedan,
    but after my move, I switched back to the hatchback. Does anyone know how much it costs to
    maintain and repair (give a range) a ti? Also,
    the TI doesn't seem to be very popular here. I
    test drove a 325 and if the TI handles like that,
    then I'm sold!!!

  • I'm looking at ti's now...and they handle VERY WELL!
  • gtkachgtkach Posts: 10
    You don't hear of kids dying because they were locked in the back of their hatchback.
  • paulc1paulc1 Posts: 1
    I like Stuff, and I can stuff it all in an hackback.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Good point, paulc1!!! Stuff is what hatchbacks are all about! ;-)

  • car7car7 Posts: 2
    I love hatchbaks for their looks, room, and things it can do hatchbaks are my favorite cars I also love coups. A hatchback is a great way to take any thing were it needs to go.
  • bchaubchau Posts: 8
    OK, I am gonna be the bad guy and say hatchbacks always get wet back there. On the other hand those rear speakers sound fabulous !

    - Great for a pet or two.
    - Great for spending the night in a jam.
    - Looks better than a late model Mercedes, whose
    driver obviously just came from the home
    improvement center with a couple of long 4x4s
    sticking out of the sunroof like a boat's sail.
    - Just stuff it in there.
  • pam2pam2 Posts: 185
    As the proud new owner of a 1996 Civic Hatchback, I have to say I was mostly swayed by the price. But it drives great, is a lot of fun, and is very cute! Big plus with the storage area. Lay down the back seats and you could almost put a refrigerator in there!!

  • I have a 95 integra gs-r not only is it good at
    hauling a** it is great for hauling fertilizer too. I recently put 8 bags of compost ( you know the big ugly white cubes) which was twice as many as my wife could put in her neon even with the pass through. I could probably haul more stuff in my integra than one could in an explorer or blazer. But of course I cant really go off road but who does in an SUV ( Stupid non Utility Vehicles)
  • I've had a '92 Nissan 240SX and basically this is my free commercial for Nissan's product. The car has been so reliable. To date, I have not had a single thing wrong with it. I'm looking for a new car but I hate to part with this car so I'm keeping it. It is so fun to drive especially in the mountains. I wish Nissan would come out with something as stylish and reliable as they did with this one. Hats off to the company.
  • For what it's worth, I have a 1988 Mazda 626 5 door liftback with 170K miles on it... I have changed the oil every 3K and done the other scheduled maintenance... still gets 30+ mpg... my mechanic says he's seen several with up to 300K+ miles on 'em... I think they built them until 1990... been one of the best cars I ever owned...and here in AZ they don't rust out so I guess I'll drive it another ten years... my X-wife had the turbo version of this engine and used to easily blow off Mustang GTs off the line...both are a little hard to find, but worth it... I still see them around from time to time...
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