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Old 02-14-2001, 07:01 AM   #1
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Post 4 door VS. 2 door

I must admit that I cannot understand why anyone would choose a 2 door car if you can get the same car with 4 doors? The only possible reason that I can come up with is the extra weight. But the RS only gains 5lbs. by adding the 2 extra doors! The 4 door for sure looks better. It is far easier to get people or stuff in/out of the back seat. I guess to some people that 5 lbs. makes enough of a difference to settle for 2 doors? Seems like there are easier ways to shave off 5lbs.
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Old 02-14-2001, 07:03 AM   #2
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Style, image, longer doors, & a possibly stiffer body shell are the only reasons to get a coupe.

Let's not start one of those "my car is better than yours" threads.
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Old 02-14-2001, 07:04 AM   #3
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to each his/her own...

i had a 4 door cuz i needed the 4 door...

now i have a 2 door... cuz i dont need 4 door no more....

does that make sense???


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Old 02-14-2001, 07:05 AM   #4
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you have to keep in mind that the first two year of the RS production, we didn't have a choice of 4 doors bucause there was only 2 doors that were maded. the 98 and the 99 models...
so we didn't have too much choice unless we wanna L....
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Old 02-14-2001, 07:05 AM   #5
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well i have a family and i got the coupe because i liked the way it looks. and well it just looks snazzzeeee. i have a son and he loves me flingin him into the back seat, and well loves ridin in dadas carrr coupe for me and it still has head room for the passengers i drive around. its a good car 2 or four doors. imho
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Old 02-14-2001, 07:11 AM   #6
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Well for me it comes down to a few things.

I don't really think of a 4 door car as a performance vehicle, I know in the RS's case it is but I still automaticly look at it as a family car. 2 door coupes have always been more attractive to me. You just can't blend that 22B coke bottle shape into 4 doors, that is a two door domain for sure. There is no technical reason I prefer two doors it is all personal preference. Also the pracrticality of 4 doors is meaningless to me. One could also take it a step further and compare the practicality of a minivan to a 4 door RS in terms of loading people and items etc. We all draw a line some where and mine is at 2 doors per car.

Now that being said, NO other car pulls off 4 doors like the RS. I have a few friends who own 4 door RSs and I often take a second to realize it is a 4 door even though I have seen it many times before.

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Old 02-14-2001, 07:15 AM   #7
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like leo's?

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Old 02-14-2001, 07:24 AM   #8
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i got a coupe...because i really had no need for the other 2 doors...most of the time i drive by myself...and when ever i do have passengers...they get in on the passenger side...plus the quarter window gives me some room to put my crew's decals...but that was just a cool coincidence
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Old 02-14-2001, 07:31 AM   #9
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There was no chioce when I got mine, but if there was, I would have bought a 4dr.
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:14 AM   #10
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People do like the look of two doors--not just the body shape of a 2-door (with the RS it's the same) but the look of the doors themselves. It seems odd to me--we are talking a handle and a seam--but it matters to people not to have those rear doors.

For me, the rear doors are cargo doors. I would never choose to do without them. Hauling a heavy bag over the seat into the back of a two-door is no picnic. And a big box? Forget it--there may be room back there, but you'll never get it in. I have played that game too many times.

And the coupe doors have to be longer so people can squeeze in back. I hate that. Short front doors are much easier to open without damaging your car on a curb, etc. My two-door (4 wasn't an option) makes sneaking into the car a real trick sometimes when somebody has parked too close.

And who knows, every now and then you might have more than one friend--then those rear doors are nice for people! (Even nice for you in the front--not having to get out of your seat for loading/unloading passengers.)

Last but not least, I like having rear windows that roll down. Most 2-doors lack that.

So if the weight is about the same, 4 doors is the obvious choice. (In fact--give me 5. Every car should have a rear that opens all the way to the top--give me a hatchback/wagon every time. A sedan/coupe shape simply removes a chunk of useable space from the vehicle--not to mention looking funny to me! I'll grant you that visibility may suffer with a rear hatch.)

BUT I have no problem with people sacrificing other benefits for the sake of a style they like. I would do that myself--style is always a factor. I may not think that extra seam is a style factor in the first place, but for some people it is a big one.

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Old 02-14-2001, 08:28 AM   #11
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I'm a white '00 sedan owner. My previous car was a '94 Acura Integra RS coupe/hatchback. I'll tell you what, I got the sedan because on the RS, I think four doors look better. The coupe looks oddly stubby to me sometimes, and I liked the way the car looked with two extra doors in the back. Not to mention that my previous three cars were hatchbacks, and in order to somewhat make up for my serious and absolute agony over not having the hatchback anymore,
I opted for the sedan. Hey, it offers at least a LITTLE more utility!

If I could've bought the Impreza wagon with the 2.5 engine, I would have in a heartbeat.
The trunk in this car is ridiculously small.
I'm a hatchback fanatic, which is why I was considering a '00 VW Golf 1.8T four-door before the RS came along. I've been a fan of Golfs for a couple years now, and the MKIV
Golf is gorgeous, if you ask me. But.......
I got hooked on the AWD idea, and the way the RS handled.

There are some cars that look better as coupes, some that shine as sedans. The BMW 3-series, for example, looks MUCH better as a coupe, if you ask me. The RS, as a sedan.
A VW Golf, much better as a four-door.

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Old 02-14-2001, 08:31 AM   #12
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Interesting that when this question was asked a few months ago, most of the responses were, "weight" or "rigidity". There was also a lot of discussion about the WRC body style change and chassis engineering.

This thread is really more about looks and "my concept of performance". The flavor of the board has indeed changed a lot recently.
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:38 AM   #13
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5 doors!! I drive an OBS and I love the rear hatch, plus any cargo back there is air-conditioned in the summer (possibly a big consideration in Florida) rather than riding in a hot trunk!
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:40 AM   #14
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Ditto- I'd bought the RS wagon if it was available. Actually, the new wagon w/ the 2.5 looks pretty good to me.
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:42 AM   #15
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Not sure why but when the 4dr came out, I was smitten... somehow the 2dr didn't do that for me though I'm not sure why.

The RS parks in a tight two car garage so the smaller doors make the ingress/egress more bearable too.

Either way, it's all good!
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:50 AM   #16
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The 2 door looks stubby to me too. I think the 4 door looks much better. It's a pain to move the front seats forward for the back seat passengers in a 2 door.
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Old 02-14-2001, 09:06 AM   #17
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I also chose the sedan for MY00 (BRP) and am really glad that I did. I think that it has that touring kinda look to it and more in line with my age group too. I had the side skirts painted when it was in for some repair and I can't believe the difference that made. And the rear windows roll down giving the ability to balance cabin air flow better. IMO -sedan all the way!!!
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Old 02-14-2001, 11:51 AM   #18
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If I wanted cargo area I would ahve kept my truck. When I pick people up I make the passenger get out and let them in so as not to change the setting on my seat. My car is not for hauling anything exept my skinny a$$ and a rubbermade box to autoXes. Havong only 2 doors is not at all an inconvenence to me. That and I can't stand the sedan spoiler, they might as well have left it off.

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Old 02-14-2001, 03:40 PM   #19
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I agree, the board is getting much smarter. 5 pounds of weight and a little rigidity traded for the practicality of a 4-door doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice, does it?

If I knew then what I know now and the choice was available, it would be 4-doors all the way. As it stands, I like my coupe. It's hard to make an RS look ugly.
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Old 02-14-2001, 04:22 PM   #20
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If 2 doors is good, 4 doors is better, then isn't 5 doors the best??
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Old 02-14-2001, 05:09 PM   #21
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Well since I was one that chimed in on rigidity, I will chime in again. I love the look of the two door. But who cares what I like. Its jsut my opinion. I dont questions why anybody would even want a 4 door, without knowing what that persons needs are. I love the look and the feel of a two door car.

I do have to admit, that subaru did a very good job making it a four door and retaining the lines of the two door. Nice job Subaru!

The new WRX is beautiful. Would I prefer 2 doors, sure. Will I buy a 4 door WRX if that is all that is offered, you bet! I like coupes. Nothing wrong with that is their?

Style is not something you can quantify or put into catagories between different people. It matters varying amounts to differnt people. You only have to attend an import car show to see how peoples tastes vary, some for good, and some not so good.

I dont thing that driving a 2 door is at all a concession for a single guy. I have no family to haul around. I dont have a dozen friends without cars begging for rides. And I simply prefer the look of a two door car. If I wanted utility I would have bought a wagon.

So moral of the story, to each his own. Drive what you like, and for me it will have two doors, until I buy a WRX, where I will concede to four.

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Old 02-14-2001, 07:58 PM   #22
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The only reaosn I have a 2 door Impreza is because it's what was available for the right price when I needed a reliable car. In all honesty, if I could've gotten a wagon, I would've. The hot rodded WRX wagons look sooooo cool!! My other car is a '79 SAAB 900 Turbo 5 door. I love the back doors and the utility of the hatch, as someone else had said. I miss that car. Friday it get's my undivided attention!! I dont' have a problem with having a coupe, as I do like the looks and chicks tend to dig coupes more than a 4 door or a wagon, but I still love the concept of a 4 door that can kick some serious ass, like the EVO and the WRX and the SAAB 9000 and 9^5 Aeros, etc.
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:05 PM   #23
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I got a coupe because it reminds me of a sports car.
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Old 02-14-2001, 08:25 PM   #24
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Once you install a coupe wing on a Sedan there isn't much diffrence.
I also love the convinience of 2 extra doors. I think folding seats are too much of a hastle.

Pretty soon my car will look similiar to Leo's car
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Old 02-14-2001, 09:33 PM   #25
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You guys have it ALL wrong!! The Impreza has always been a 4door in other parts of the world and only a select few versions were coupes.

The Impreza was designed from the very beginning as a 4door saloon (as the Britts say). The ONLY reason the WRC car was made a coupe was to fit those insanely large fender flares into the bodylines of the car. Otherwise a 4door usually has a stiffer body due to the smaller door openings.

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