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#31 kmbean

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:25 AM

I have a 2015 GTI and can't say enough good things about it.  Fun to drive and you can put the back seats down.  More than enough room for golf purposes.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 09:10 AM

The Subaru cross trek hybrids are a great option. AWD, roomy, 30+ mpg and under $30k new.
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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:00 PM



The two hatches I've owned have had a lot of room in them a Saab 93 and current Pontiac Vibe....my clubs fit without having to put a seat down....they are not all created equal, but it seams like most these days are tiny cubic foot wise in the hatch in comparison....I did drive the fit and it would have been my next choice over the vibe....really it was 1a and 1b, truth is the Fit is a bit nicer, but I had significant cash incentives at the time plus employee discount made it a no brainer.  The Civic hatchback def sounds promising.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:24 PM

Man!!!
All this talk about hatches makes me want to go out and find a 95 civic vx, gut that bish, throw a B18c in it, and head to the races to dig some fools out.

Sorry to go off topic, my other reccomendation..what about a used lexus  ct200h? Hatch and a hybrid

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:56 PM

I guess I should have mentioned in the OP, looking to keep it about 23k or less, which is why I am looking at what I am.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:33 PM

I was gonna say Mazda3 but............lol

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:47 PM

I went and drove an Impreza Sport and a Mazda 3 today.  I really like the Impreza, and it is the leader in the clubhouse.  I looked at the CX3 too, but the Mazda 3 has more room and was nicer (IMO).  I need to go drive a Fit and Civic.

I'm thinking I'll go automatic because I'm sure my daughters will not want to learn to drive a manual, but the manual is tempting simply for the fact it would be harder to text and drive.  Anyone with teenagers have an opinion on manual vs auto?

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:13 PM

View Postws6, on 10 June 2017 - 08:47 PM, said:

I went and drove an Impreza Sport and a Mazda 3 today.  I really like the Impreza, and it is the leader in the clubhouse.  I looked at the CX3 too, but the Mazda 3 has more room and was nicer (IMO).  I need to go drive a Fit and Civic.

I'm thinking I'll go automatic because I'm sure my daughters will not want to learn to drive a manual, but the manual is tempting simply for the fact it would be harder to text and drive.  Anyone with teenagers have an opinion on manual vs auto?

Not sure if they fixed the problem, but I had a 2012 Impreza in manual which was the first year of the newer design including the the flat 4 2.0L engine. The car burned through engine oil so bad that I had to make sure to carry a quart on me at all times because the oil light would pop on before every thousand miles. I got 72,000 miles out of the car before I traded it in for my current Jeep, but I read online that the manual version was the type that experienced it most consistently across the nation. It was a great car beyond that but this problem was a big nuisance.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:10 AM

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View PostPZero, on 09 June 2017 - 11:55 AM, said:

I'd stay far away from Chevy.

any specific reason?


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I thought at first maybe I just got a lemon or these are not common problems... think again.  Google cruze climate controls, or camshaft cover or even the coolant housing.
I have a 2013 Hyundai elantra GT with 138,000 km and the thing has been great. no issues other than a wheel baring covered under warranty.  The only thing that sucks about this hatch is the solid rear axle which takes some getting use to.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:27 AM

I would hope the 2017 is a better model....

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 11:27 AM

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 08:27 AM, said:

I would hope the 2017 is a better model....

I wouldn't "hope" when buying a new vehicle.  Style wise, the car has changed.  Quality wise it doesn't look like much as changed.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 11:44 AM

View Posthammy83, on 12 June 2017 - 11:27 AM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 08:27 AM, said:

I would hope the 2017 is a better model....

I wouldn't "hope" when buying a new vehicle.  Style wise, the car has changed.  Quality wise it doesn't look like much as changed.

http://www.cruzetalk...service-issues/

I am leaning towards the Civic Hatchback right now, hope to get out and drive some in the next week or so.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 11:01 AM

Whatever hatchback you end up with, hopefully it has the retractable cover that hides your gear from view, especially if you're in the habit of keeping the clubs in the car.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:57 PM

View Postohioglfr, on 13 June 2017 - 11:01 AM, said:

Whatever hatchback you end up with, hopefully it has the retractable cover that hides your gear from view, especially if you're in the habit of keeping the clubs in the car.

my Elantra GT has a fairly decent trunk.  Anything more than clubs and that cover is not fitting.  I have push cart, my bag, shoes and some other crap and there is no way the privacy cover is going on.  The best defense is tint that is nice and dark.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:05 PM

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 11:44 AM, said:

View Posthammy83, on 12 June 2017 - 11:27 AM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 08:27 AM, said:

I would hope the 2017 is a better model....

I wouldn't "hope" when buying a new vehicle.  Style wise, the car has changed.  Quality wise it doesn't look like much as changed.

http://www.cruzetalk...service-issues/

I am leaning towards the Civic Hatchback right now, hope to get out and drive some in the next week or so.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 03:41 PM

View PostPZero, on 13 June 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 11:44 AM, said:

View Posthammy83, on 12 June 2017 - 11:27 AM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 12 June 2017 - 08:27 AM, said:

I would hope the 2017 is a better model....

I wouldn't "hope" when buying a new vehicle.  Style wise, the car has changed.  Quality wise it doesn't look like much as changed.

http://www.cruzetalk...service-issues/

I am leaning towards the Civic Hatchback right now, hope to get out and drive some in the next week or so.

You won't regret it if you buy one.

They have the exact model/color/ package on one that is on it's way to the dealership, hope to get out and drive it Saturday after my tee time.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:56 PM

View Posthammy83, on 13 June 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

View Postohioglfr, on 13 June 2017 - 11:01 AM, said:

Whatever hatchback you end up with, hopefully it has the retractable cover that hides your gear from view, especially if you're in the habit of keeping the clubs in the car.

my Elantra GT has a fairly decent trunk.  Anything more than clubs and that cover is not fitting.  I have push cart, my bag, shoes and some other crap and there is no way the privacy cover is going on.  The best defense is tint that is nice and dark.
I guess my point is . . . the druggie (and there are a lot of them) that steals clubs usually doesn't know the difference between Miuras and 40 year old Northwesterns.  He just wants to cash in your clubs at the local pawn shop to help finance his habit.  I haul my clubs in an SUV, but I bring them in at night if I leave the car out. And I live in a decent neighborhood.  Call me paranoid . . . .

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:32 AM

View Posthammy83, on 13 June 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

...  The best defense is tint that is nice and dark.

That is my plan, limo tint in the back sides and rear glass.  I'll do a normal tint in the front and rear door windows too.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:39 AM

View Postohioglfr, on 13 June 2017 - 07:56 PM, said:

View Posthammy83, on 13 June 2017 - 01:57 PM, said:

View Postohioglfr, on 13 June 2017 - 11:01 AM, said:

Whatever hatchback you end up with, hopefully it has the retractable cover that hides your gear from view, especially if you're in the habit of keeping the clubs in the car.

my Elantra GT has a fairly decent trunk.  Anything more than clubs and that cover is not fitting.  I have push cart, my bag, shoes and some other crap and there is no way the privacy cover is going on.  The best defense is tint that is nice and dark.
I guess my point is . . . the druggie (and there are a lot of them) that steals clubs usually doesn't know the difference between Miuras and 40 year old Northwesterns.  He just wants to cash in your clubs at the local pawn shop to help finance his habit.  I haul my clubs in an SUV, but I bring them in at night if I leave the car out. And I live in a decent neighborhood.  Call me paranoid . . . .

I agree... .even with my dark tint I now take my clubs out whenever possible as I dont want to worry constantly about them.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:50 AM

View PostNV825, on 11 June 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

View Postws6, on 10 June 2017 - 08:47 PM, said:

I went and drove an Impreza Sport and a Mazda 3 today.  I really like the Impreza, and it is the leader in the clubhouse.  I looked at the CX3 too, but the Mazda 3 has more room and was nicer (IMO).  I need to go drive a Fit and Civic.

I'm thinking I'll go automatic because I'm sure my daughters will not want to learn to drive a manual, but the manual is tempting simply for the fact it would be harder to text and drive.  Anyone with teenagers have an opinion on manual vs auto?

Not sure if they fixed the problem, but I had a 2012 Impreza in manual which was the first year of the newer design including the the flat 4 2.0L engine. The car burned through engine oil so bad that I had to make sure to carry a quart on me at all times because the oil light would pop on before every thousand miles. I got 72,000 miles out of the car before I traded it in for my current Jeep, but I read online that the manual version was the type that experienced it most consistently across the nation. It was a great car beyond that but this problem was a big nuisance.


They fixed that issue. I have a 13 Impreza Sport 5MT and have no oil consumption issues. OP, get the MT. The kids may be timid to learn but once they do theyll love it. Every teenager that works for me has been taught how to drive a stick.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:18 AM

I'm a Honda guy.  The HR-V looks like it would check off most of your boxes.  OTOH, I drove a non-hatch Civic for a few years and had no problem fitting two sets of clubs in the trunk.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:59 AM

View Poststryper, on 14 June 2017 - 09:18 AM, said:

I'm a Honda guy.  The HR-V looks like it would check off most of your boxes.  OTOH, I drove a non-hatch Civic for a few years and had no problem fitting two sets of clubs in the trunk.

Honda is always at the top of my list (see my posts on the Fit), but the reviews I've read of the HR-V are not that good - depending on what you want, I think the Fit, CR-V or Civic Hatch is a better choice.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:13 AM

It appears the only people who like the Cruze Hatch, are the "non-actors" on the TV commercials.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:21 PM

View PostMulligan26, on 14 June 2017 - 06:50 AM, said:

View PostNV825, on 11 June 2017 - 12:13 PM, said:

View Postws6, on 10 June 2017 - 08:47 PM, said:

I went and drove an Impreza Sport and a Mazda 3 today.  I really like the Impreza, and it is the leader in the clubhouse.  I looked at the CX3 too, but the Mazda 3 has more room and was nicer (IMO).  I need to go drive a Fit and Civic.

I'm thinking I'll go automatic because I'm sure my daughters will not want to learn to drive a manual, but the manual is tempting simply for the fact it would be harder to text and drive.  Anyone with teenagers have an opinion on manual vs auto?

Not sure if they fixed the problem, but I had a 2012 Impreza in manual which was the first year of the newer design including the the flat 4 2.0L engine. The car burned through engine oil so bad that I had to make sure to carry a quart on me at all times because the oil light would pop on before every thousand miles. I got 72,000 miles out of the car before I traded it in for my current Jeep, but I read online that the manual version was the type that experienced it most consistently across the nation. It was a great car beyond that but this problem was a big nuisance.

They fixed that issue. I have a 13 Impreza Sport 5MT and have no oil consumption issues. OP, get the MT. The kids may be timid to learn but once they do theyll love it. Every teenager that works for me has been taught how to drive a stick.

I'll never buy another daily that isn't a Subaru.

That's good to hear, because I really loved the car minus the oil issue.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:25 AM

View PostWarrick, on 14 June 2017 - 10:13 AM, said:

It appears the only people who like the Cruze Hatch, are the "non-actors" on the TV commercials.

I like the looks of the Cruze hatch, but I have not driven one.  I know a lot of people crush Chevrolet, but we have a lot of Impalas for my day job, they lead a very tough life and have done well.  

I need to drive the Civic, but I'm going to most likely buy an Impreza Sport. The Impreza has style, value, and AWD is nice up here.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:33 AM

I am going to drive a Cruze Hatch RS and a Civic Hatch Sport on Saturday, see what I like.
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:18 PM

I am a Hatchback guy from way back in the day when the Hot hatches (VW GTI) debuted in the 80s

I too have a 4 wheel drive truck and was looking for another vehicle to use for work that got better mileage.  A good friend owns a Toyota dealership and I really liked the iM, and he suggested I test drive a Prius.  Really?  I bought the Prius.  Really like it.  Solid car and 55mpg.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 01:53 AM

Get the Civic. Stay away from VW. Their TSI and FSI engines are horrible.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:46 AM

I'd go with the Audi A3 1.4, the boot (trunk) is big enough maybe minus the driver in the bag which isn't the end of the world. Good car, drives nice, fairly light of fuel and well put together.

Honesty I'd probably end up doing what I always do which is chuck a towel down on the back seat and then my bag on top.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:17 AM

View Postws6, on 15 June 2017 - 05:25 AM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 14 June 2017 - 10:13 AM, said:

It appears the only people who like the Cruze Hatch, are the "non-actors" on the TV commercials.

I like the looks of the Cruze hatch, but I have not driven one.  I know a lot of people crush Chevrolet, but we have a lot of Impalas for my day job, they lead a very tough life and have done well.  

I need to drive the Civic, but I'm going to most likely buy an Impreza Sport. The Impreza has style, value, and AWD is nice up here.


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