Another reason to buy a 4WD

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:59
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My dad arrived yesterday on his way to Perth. Flying across and catching the train back.

At first I didn't know why a Mazda Tribute was pulling up in the drive way until Dad got out of the vehicle.

After the usual greetings I just had to ask why a 80yo was doing driving a 4WD.
His reply was short and to the point. He could no longer get into a lower vehicle. The seat hight was just right that with his crook knees and back he could enter the vehicle with out having to bend down. Getting out of the vehicle was just as easy, no climbing required.

I tried it myself and I must admit that it is a lot easyer to enter and exit the Tribute than Belinda's Mazda 323.

So when I am asked why do I own a 4WD I will answer just saving my back.

Wayne
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:16

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:16
The wench uses that one too with her "bad back" the pathy is wee easy to get into for that reason
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:19

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:19
gota disagree with you on that it is easier to jump into a 4by. I got set up on a blind date once and when I picked her up she was ummm very cuddley in build. now my camper doesnt have side steps and is at least as high as standard and the date very nearly didnt get off the ground so to speak which would have been good as she cost me a fortune at the restaraunt......... L H springs never were the same again
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:56

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 12:56
HAHAHAHHA Davoe!!

Maybe that can be like a "GO" "NO-GO" guage!! If she cant get into the 4by the dates off!!!

haha she gets to the door sill and its "sorry love, I just dont think this is going to work!" then drop the brush off line of the century... "its not you, it me!"

hahahha

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 07:29

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 07:29
I thought you entered a camper from the rear ;-)
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Reply By: Pezza - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:40

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:40
I'm afraid my better half would also disagree with you Wayne, at 4 foot nothing she is forever harrasing me for that absailing rig to climb down out of our 3inch lifted GU!
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:50

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:50
Pezza,

Belinda is only 5ft and I do the right thing and give her a hand every time she get's in and out of the Troopie.

I learnt a lot from watching the Benny Hill Show in my younger days.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:09

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:09
3in lift, you wanna try 6in lift and 34's and a wife 5ft square. :(
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Reply By: motherhen - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:43

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:43
I totally agree with Wayne's Dad. I find it much easier to get into the higher vehicles than the sedans, and when my late Mum had severe spinal degradation, trying to move her was agony for her, but i could lift her into the Landcruiser with just a quick OUCH during the lift - trying to get her into a sedan was somewhat impossible for both her and the "lifter". Go tell the voters of "greying age".
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:01

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:01
I recently injured my back, to the stage that I couldn't even dress without assistance,(much to steve's enjoyment), but the one thing that made getting to and from docs appointments was being able to step up onto the side steps and straight onto the seats. Also getting out, I used the hand grips to turn myself and then slide out of the car.

If we had a sedan Steve would have had to lift and lower me into the vehicle, and being one of life's more cuddly creatures his back would've been the next to go!!

Sandy
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:48

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:48
Sandy I have to laugh at how you explain being a little bit over weight. Im one of those cuddly creatures as well, and I thought that was really good. I will be using that in future, thanks for the saying. LOL
From one cuddly creature to another
Have a good day
Karen
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:19

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:19
two other favourites

1) I'm flesh enhanced
2) I still have an hour glass figure it's just my sand has shifted!!!

Sandy
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 04:58

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 04:58
Wayne I have to agree with the easier to get in and out of bit.

We traded our primary car in, not the Nissan below but the primary one. Have found the new primary car - low though it is 800 mm lower roofline, uses just over half the fuel on a trip and a lot more comfortable to drive into the bargain. The vehicle is in the same stable as the other and a lower priced one.

If getting in and out is the only consideration the old was better, but driveability? Wow, the difference. This one is s t a b l e in comparison.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:16

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:16
RAV4s, Xtrails, CRVs, the 'oldies' like them all for the same reason. Not too low and not too high. About the same height as as all the old 50, 60 and early 70s cars used to be.
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