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    Getting a new car!

    While this is not my first new car since getting my wheelchair, it is my first new car since I no longer drive. Since I cannot drive myself, I do not need to get my wheelchair in and out of the car on my own most of the time. my lovely wife will be handling getting my chair and out of the car.

    I want my chair to go in the trunk of the car. So far I've had SUVs and the PT cruiser, so I have not had to take the wheels off etc., all we've done is fold down the back. my wife would prefer to continue leaving my chair as together as possible, so as to make it easy and quick to get the chair in and out.

    In order to keep the chair together in the PT cruiser, we needed to fold one of the back seats down. I have a Q7 manual chair, 16 x 16. in our next car, we want to be able to put the chair and without folding down a seat, because we hope to have children soon and we will need that backseat.

    we also want to spend as little money as possible, and not have to drive a monster truck (or minivan -- at my wife's request).

    So basically we are looking at hatchback type cars and smaller SUVs.

    what kind of cars do people here drive? Any suggestions as to the easiest car/SUV to get a chair and out of (for an AB)?

    A lot will depend on price, but I always like to hear the experiences of others first! Thanks all!

    #2
    Try out the E60 5 series of BMW. For me the best car. Even in the sedan you have a lot of space to put your chair in. No more extra custom builds needed (only menox handcontrols). And trust me , the engines of BMW are a blast.

    KK11

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      #3
      I know u don't want a van but I love mine

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        #4
        VW Jetta Wagons work out pretty good. Your wife could just open the hatch and put the chair in the back. Easy transfer, level with my chair, doors open nice and wide and are not too long making you less likely to get blocked in when someone parks close to you. The TDI's are really economical and last a long time, I've heard at least 500K miles if take care of, so maybe a used VW TDI Sport Wagen.
        "Life is about how you
        respond to not only the
        challenges you're dealt but
        the challenges you seek...If
        you have no goals, no
        mountains to climb, your
        soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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          #5
          I am also a carepartner, and want something I don't have to take the wheels off of the chair, and that we can also fit a ZX-1 power add-on in the trunk. I also don't want anything too big, because small parking spaces are a big problem here.

          We are looking into getting Volkswagen Golf Variant / SportWagen. If we can afford it, we are waiting for the new one to come out that is based on the Mk7 Golf because it has a bigger trunk. It should be out soon in Europe and later next year in the US. We usually don't buy new cars, but this time we would like to, because we want to get some options that I think will be hard to find used.

          Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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            #6
            I really like my Toyota Highlander. Gets good mileage and has lots of room for my chair, dog or handcycles.

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              #7
              Used Rav4 for 4 years, worked great, now using CRV works out even better. When im not alone some one sticks it in the back without breaking it down or folding the back, 16x17 chair.
              c6/7 incomplete 6/30/07

              whats that smell? its me, cause im the shit.


              если я сейчас умру то нахуй я родился

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                #8
                Sometime when we go places my wife puts my chair in the back of are Prius. Its fairly low to the ground and there's a lot of room in the back, plus it gets great gas mileage, A real plus if you drive very much.
                T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by TinkerbellK View Post
                  A lot will depend on price...
                  So what's your budget?

                  We bought a loaded Outback w/ 59k miles on it for $14k at the end of '09. It's got 125k miles on it now and is running like a champ. It's only needed typical maintenance, aside from having a CV boot replaced. I expect to easily roll over 200k.

                  We considered a Jetta Sportwagon at the time, but the cargo area was too small for our liking, and we wanted AWD + a larger towing capacity (ours is a 6cyl).

                  Whatever you look at, investigate reliability and maintenance requirements.

                  And avoid financing if possible, if money is an issue.

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                    #10
                    Can't afford to buy right now myself but I have been going to dealerships to look. The first thing I am noticing is how many cars I can't get in to. The doors just don't open wide enough for me to get my chair close enough for a transfer. A few have. So that' my first priority. I am also curious about what others are driving.

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                      #11
                      I love my Toyota Venza SUV. Easy to get in and out of. Lots of cargo space. Seats 5 and my chair fits in the cargo area without breaking it down. Very comfortable.
                      DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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                        #12
                        The Kia Soul is one of the least expensive crossover/wagon type vehicles on the market. I own a 2013 Base Soul. They have...good headroom, a large hatch, 19 cu. ft. of cargo space with the back seats up and at least 53 cu. ft. with them down. There not powerful but the Base unit gets 30+ MPH on the highway. Kia is now part owned by Hyundai and they share many similar parts. Kia quality has risen substantially since Hyundai.

                        The Soul is a little quirky looking but the look grows on you. I find them to be very practical cars. One complaint: the Base's seats are very hard. Also, Kia Motors has no Mobility Program to help pay for things like hand controls on their new cars. Many other manufacturers do.

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                          #13
                          I didn't have any problem fitting my 15x16 Q7 in the back of my ford escort wagon with the back folded and wheels on. Or I should say my roommate didn't lol. It fit just fine, but it was an older model vehicle so I don't know if they're any smaller now. We also fit lots of groceries and stuff around my chair, and frequently 2 german shepherds in the backseat Good kid car I'd think, was very reliable for me. GREAT gas mileage, I bought it primarily for the gas mileage and the cargo was initially for the dogs. I still had my truck and horses at the time and wanted something with great gas mileage.
                          Last edited by ~Lin; 20 Jun 2013, 6:29 AM. Reason: clarify I had the station wagon version
                          Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

                          I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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                            #14
                            one of the guys on our wc bball team has a Saturn Ion quad coupe (it has suicide doors)
                            Mimi

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