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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 14:08:03 -0500
From: Ben Lanson <lansonnopsamharvard.edu>
Subject: Re: High Perf Hatchback: VR6 vs. GS-R vs. 900SE


Barry Gross wrote: > I'm shopping for a hatchback sedan that's FUN to drive and also great on > long highway cruises and reliable. Would appreciate any comments on the > choices of Golf GTI VR6, Integra GS-R and a Saab 900SE turbo (which seems > available for $20k used, 2 yrs old.) Depends on what you want it to do. They are all relatively equal by the numbers, so it comes down to what you want it to do. The Golf, though it looks small, is pretty large inside, and it will carry a lot of stuff if you need it to (my friend had one...it swallowed an enormous amount). Ditto for the Saab, I think. The GS-R, I believe is a bit smaller inside. Other factors might include transmissions. I know that the GTI VR6 has (I think it still does) a cable linkage reputedly not up to the standards of the mechanical one in the GL and GTI (non-VR6). I haven't heard much about the Saab or Acura transmission. The GTI apparently tears up the autocross circuit (usually with the inside front wheel fully airborne). Supposedly, it is also quite a bit of fun to drive. Sorry the commentary is incomplete, but a friend did have the VW (non-VR6 GTI) and I don't know anyone with the other two. Ben

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