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    Looking for a Brand New Car that I can transfer into? What model?

    I am five years post injury, and have used an electric lift ever since I was injured because I had a manual assist chair. (very heavy wheels) Now since I not going to be rolling around campus I am looking to get something lighter. What all wheel drive car do you recommend? <this is a must. Also how much do your frames weigh? thanks
    Dylan

    #2
    I recommend a two door/coupe in whatever strikes your fancy. My daily driver is a 2006 VW Golf GTI (AFAIK still available in R32/AWD). As long as I don't carry passengers (which requires getting the chair into the rear seat, which is quite do-able but a bit of a PITA) it is very easy to transfer me and chair into quickly.
    In fact, it is much more accessible than "General Grant", our 87 MB 560SEL "goin to meetin" behemoth whose door doesn't open as far as the Golf and whose door pillar is too far forward when pulling off the outer wheel.
    69yo male T12 complete since 1995
    NW NJ

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      #3
      I drive a 2011 3 series bmw sedan. I have a Tilite TR3 which weighs 28 lbs fully assembled with my backpack and cushion. I put the wheels in the backseat and put the frame in the passenger's seat.
      SCI Birthday: April 25, 1993
      T4,5,6 Incomplete
      Chair: TiLite TR3

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        #4
        How actually necessary is AWD for you? This can limit your choices of many fine vehicles with this requirement.

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          #5
          AWD is fantastic. My daily driver is an 2005 Subaru Outback.

          Subaru has some great AWD cars, and would be worth a look.

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            #6
            im a Volvo wagon guy. recommended by swim crankpush here on CC............ we stuff everything thing in. we can get my hc, chair, 2 sets wheels suitcase and trainer in. when just us and my chair it goes in back wheels on. Volvo is releasing a new v60 waGon for 2014. been in Europe for several years looks fantastic.
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            John@bike-on.com
            c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
            sponsored handcycle racer

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              #7
              My wife drives the Volvo wagon! when we go out together, she throws the complete chair in the back. I drove a high mileage turbo wagon for several years before buying my first new car, the 06 GTI with DSG sequential gearbox, and never looked back. About four wheel drive: we live on Schooleys mountain and the normal access route is up a steep set of switchbacks that would never be done today. although my shop specializes in Audi/VW (www.philscars.com) and has a dealers license, I don,t feel any need to drive a Quattro. We have sets of mounted high profile snows on smaller diameter wheels, and choose high performance European style such as Nokian Hakkapulita or Bridgestones blizzaks. This type of tire in this fitment is pretty amazing, especially with modern traction-control! I've never been stuck, and I'm quite the risk taker!
              69yo male T12 complete since 1995
              NW NJ

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                #8
                thanks for the replies, I am looking into a new Subaru Forrester...they have alot of room to transfer, big space to swing the wheelchair in, and the have a pretty good track record

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                  #9
                  BMW 335xi here. Bug doors are super easy to get into and the backseat is big enough tot throw the chair in if I have a passenger. Plus, add a chip and it's 400HP. I've had subarus in the past (pre-injury) and they were great cars but the xdrive and bmw traction control is better.
                  T4 Complete since 01/01/2012

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                    #10
                    What's a bug door?
                    stephen@bike-on.com

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                      #11
                      I drive a Ford Edge right now. I'm tall and an adept transfer-er but it's rough for me. It's huge. If I have someone with me I have them help me put the chair in the back but if I'm alone I do it myself. I do not have an SCI - I have CP and a neuro condition similar to MS. When I'm alone I transfer to the trunk an sit there and then lift the chair up and put it in that way. Then I use crutches or the car to lean on and make my way to the divers seat. I can lift mine (TiLite ZRA) in full with the wheels. It's pretty heavy for a TiLite and assembled it's around 30lbs. I can't do the over the head into the passenger seat thing. I've tried and every time I end up stuck under the chair until someone rescues me. That walk around my car is the only time I walk and my OT's/PTs don't want me doing it because of safety but I can't get my chair in any other way...I'm working on getting a van now.

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                        #12
                        I wanted to add that also used to drive a Ford Fiesta and that was a GREAT car. It's tiny but the trunk is perfect manual chair size (with wheels off and back folded) and it's nice and low and easy for transfers. I am a para-dressage rider though and I just couldn't haul all my horse stuff around in ti and I ultimately had to get something bigger, sadly. It doesn't have AWD but I really recommend it for someone looking for a good little car in a lower price point!

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                          #13
                          I am 1.5 years post injury, complete para T3/T4, 6 foot 2, 210 lbs, use a Tilite ZRA with arm rests and safety wheels and looking at purchasing a new car as I can't transfer to my Jeep Commander without help. I did the rounds but seem unable to find a car with enough space for me to pull my chair in through the driver's seat.

                          My ZRA is bigger than the standard size bcs of my long legs. It seems awkward to see bigger framed people transferring and pulling their chairs in on youtube.

                          Thought of purchasing a smaller chair but not sure that's the solution and how comfortable that's gonna be.

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                            #14
                            What about a Ford B-Max where you can put the chair in behind you with the easy access doors. I'm not sure if it is available in the UAE yet, but it is available in most of Europe. The only problem I see with it is closing the back door, but maybe there is a solution available for that.

                            This photo shows it with a Turnout BIS swivel seat:
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                            Originally posted by Yas View Post
                            I am 1.5 years post injury, complete para T3/T4, 6 foot 2, 210 lbs, use a Tilite ZRA with arm rests and safety wheels and looking at purchasing a new car as I can't transfer to my Jeep Commander without help. I did the rounds but seem unable to find a car with enough space for me to pull my chair in through the driver's seat.

                            My ZRA is bigger than the standard size bcs of my long legs. It seems awkward to see bigger framed people transferring and pulling their chairs in on youtube.

                            Thought of purchasing a smaller chair but not sure that's the solution and how comfortable that's gonna be.
                            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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                              #15
                              Thank you for the picture. I have not seen this model here in the UAE but it looks like it would be too high for me to transfer to.

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