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Need to replace my wife's Honda Civic

post #1 of 19
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I'm not a car guy. She's not a car guy either. But I want something less boring than a Civic with decent acceleration and she wants something with a hatchback that doesn't make her look like mom dropping off the kids at camp.

She was briefly enamored with the new/old Fiat but the reviews aren't too great.

It basically would be a running-errands-in-the-city car, although the city in question is L.A. so there are highways in the equation.
post #2 of 19

my wife has a Mini Clubman and loves it, not fast, but quick enough and handles well

if you want faster they have an S version

very good depreciation also

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I'm not a car guy. She's not a car guy either. But I want something less boring than a Civic with decent acceleration and she wants something with a hatchback that doesn't make her look like mom dropping off the kids at camp.

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Clubman sounds good, or for something smaller the Cooper. If you have the extra scratch, the BMW 1-series is icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #4 of 19
Mini's are fun. The Civic Si are a good ride in a 2 door. The previous generation Honda Accord 2 door is sweet as well. Maybe a Scion hatchback?
post #5 of 19
The Honda Fit has the best visibility of any hatchback I've been in, and "zippy" handling for city driving. It also has an impressive safety ratting. My girlfriend had one. We're not into cars either. Also, Honda dealerships really have their shit together.

If I lived in LA, Id get tinted windows. I got to LA every few weeks and I hate the driving there.
post #6 of 19
i was going to say honda fit, but i figured i said it too much

perfect wifey car
post #7 of 19
What's wrong with a VW Golf or Audi A3? Other than cost...lol.
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The DSG in my mother's GLI has been nothing but a nightmare since 103,xxx miles... Spent $4,000 to have it rebuilt and still having problems...

 

~Kurt

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Clubman sounds good, or for something smaller the Cooper. If you have the extra scratch, the BMW 1-series is icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

These are what I was going to recommend, any of the Mini's or 1 Series.
post #10 of 19
I really like the new CRVs. Honda Fit too, I'm thinking of getting either one of those. also a fan of the toyota matrix. some people might suggest a mazda3 hatchback as its sporty, but as a current mazda owner, i can't suppor them, lots of problems for me.
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Clubman sounds good, or for something smaller the Cooper. If you have the extra scratch, the BMW 1-series is icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Two posts b4 BMW. Why the fuck is it always BMW and fucking Audi on this fucking forum?
post #12 of 19
On point, maybe look at the Volvo hatchback (C30). Or a Fit. Or a mid-range VW.
post #13 of 19
some of the hyundais don't look bad. they have that 3-door hatchback.

http://www.hyundaiusa.com/veloster/

10 year/100k mile warranty too. not sure what happens after that though.

http://www.hyundaiusa.com/assurance/america-best-warranty.aspx
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Two posts b4 BMW. Why the fuck is it always BMW and fucking Audi on this fucking forum?

Ah ah ah... I am not recommending Audi... not after my experience. Audi's make look good, and have nice interiors, but what good is that if the fucking car always has problems?

Also, BMW's full warranty is simply awesome... they cover everything but tires and gas.
post #15 of 19
If you're not car people, I wouldn't buy some semi-high-end German car. Or any Euro car, for that matter. I've owned an Audi and VW, and have friends who have owned Mercedes and Saab, and the repair costs for anything but the most minor repair were always devastating. VW would be a maybe, and they're kinda cool. Fiat? Stay far, far away until they have proven themselves in this country for a generation. Hopefully they've improved, but they were always synonymous with abysmal reliability and shoddy quality. Get something at a reasonable price that is reliable and cheap to maintain. But no reason that it can't be a little cooler looking than a Civic (which is a car I have great respect for, BTW.)

I've rented the little Mazda, the 3, I think, a few times and really liked it. It's just a little cooler looking than a Civic. It drives really nice. I also like Nissans. They always seem to have great styling, and strong engines. The Maxima is a really cool looking car, IMO. Especially in its price range.

David
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