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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: BBDartCA] #5330036 01/23/20 07:40 AM
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Don't Nissan Versas have a known, inferior CVT?

A friend's daughter has the "non-Note" version but asking her would be fruitless (unless it blew up..and even then) because she's among the least mechanically sentient beings on the planet.

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: BBDartCA] #5330068 01/23/20 08:36 AM
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Look for a Buick . Couple of years ago we purchased a 2006 Buick Lacrosse 3.8l V-6 w/37,000 miles , for $ 6250 , out the door .

Great shape . Decent MPG . Quiet , comfortable , enough room for Wifey & me ( we are large senior citizens ) .

Mostly use it for a road car . I try to drive it about once a week , around town .


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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: Char Baby] #5330083 01/23/20 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Char Baby
How large or small of a vehicle is your family member looking for...coming from an '08 Focus?
[Unrelated - I am surprised an '08 Focus has the DCT?] just saying!

I like the idea of the Chevy Spark or Sonic but, the car I really like in that category, even above the Honda FIT is the Nissan Versa NOTE(Hatchback). Wonderful little run-a-bout!



No on the Mexican Nissan. I was drawn in then repulsed in a few months of ownership.
though it looks like a euro 5 door family car, its poorly conceived and quality is lacking.

The Versa note ( I've owned one for a couple months) Have a high cowl line and is hard to see forward with the resulting high dashboard top. And I'm 6'-1"

.... And then there is the infant mortality engine issue experienced by a few members on this forum-
but that should not be a problem with a used car.

A Used Yaris 3 door should do the job. Fun Runabout
Though the Fiesta is better still but less powerful on the road.


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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: BBDartCA] #5330093 01/23/20 09:08 AM
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Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: atikovi] #5330101 01/23/20 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.


I really hope you’re joking.


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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: PowerSurge] #5330111 01/23/20 09:30 AM
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Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.


I really hope you’re joking.


Have both and they are easy to drive and maneuver and don't take up much space. Excellent visibility all around.

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: BBDartCA] #5330114 01/23/20 09:36 AM
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some people get back issues from the subie, she needs to sit in it some 15 min or so when road testing.
google subuaru sciatia uncomfortable seats
lots of hits

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These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: PowerSurge] #5330121 01/23/20 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
Originally Posted by atikovi
Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.


I really hope you’re joking.


Yeah, like a Fit or Yaris or Versa or Fiesta

are pillars of reliabilty and grace.

I really wanted the latest Smart for2 Its legit.

when it became a turbo and stick.

Then they mucked it it up with power steering!
Morons.

Then they stopped selling them FAIK.

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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: Char Baby] #5330136 01/23/20 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Char Baby
[Unrelated - I am surprised an '08 Focus has the DCT?] just saying!


They didn't; the 2008 autos were a 4-speed traditional auto. We didn't get the powershift until the 2012 Mk. 3 focuses

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5330224 01/23/20 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.


I really hope you’re joking.


Yeah, like a Fit or Yaris or Versa or Fiesta

are pillars of reliabilty and grace.

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Every one of those cars you named except the Fiesta are more reliable than Fiat or Smart car. Why do you think they no longer sell those POS in the US? Lol


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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: PowerSurge] #5330240 01/23/20 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
Originally Posted by atikovi
Smart ForTwo or Fiat 500. Easy to get in and out of and to park. Electric versions too.


I really hope you’re joking.


Yeah, like a Fit or Yaris or Versa or Fiesta

are pillars of reliabilty and grace.

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Every one of those cars you named except the Fiesta are more reliable than Fiat or Smart car. Why do you think they no longer sell those POS in the US? Lol


Stupid Americans would rather drive alone in Suburbans and full size pickups is why. They equate value by the pound. How soon they forget $4 or $5 a gallon gas. Other small cars were killed off too. Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: Kira] #5330266 01/23/20 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Kira
Don't Nissan Versas have a known, inferior CVT?

I think the Versa still soldiers on with a 4-speed automatic. I could be wrong. And since so many of them are rented or used as Ubers, the low resale is in your favor.

Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: NO2] #5330286 01/23/20 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by NO2
Subaru Forester. They have excellent visibility with very large windows, and a short seat cushion which makes it comfortable for short drivers, and are reliable and reasonably priced. I would avoid versions without power seats. Also look at Toyota Sienna (good visibility, short seats) and Kia Soul.

My late mother in law chose one for this reason, we had sort of pressured her to go with a CR-V or Rav4 but she went the Forester route because of visibility.


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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: BBDartCA] #5330289 01/23/20 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BBDartCA
Have an 72yo female family menber who is 4’10” and needs a new used car. We’ve checked out some of the list .found online for short driver cars but looking for other suggestions (a couple of the recommended models had very bad rear visibility). Budget is about $8k. Miles driven very low - couple trips to the store during the week. Almost always with the driver alone. Fuel economy therefore not a big deal. AWD would be nice but can pass on. Has an “08 Focus which actually has very poor seating position and vis for an econobox (also has the lemon dual clutch trans).

The two eading candidates are VW Golf / Jetta sportwagen and the latest Passat. The Passat is mid-size but has excellent visibility. Thanks.


I have the Sportwagen and love the size, maneuverability and greenhouse viz in all directions.
It is awd but I'd guess affordability might be an issue and number of candidate vehicles.
They might be getting older and high miles - Jetta , Passat. My wife will testify to the lower seating on my VW - it's a problem for her though. My mom is going through similar issues as well needing easier ingress/egress although their current Prius (an '05) is good. They just wonder what's next if they get something newer.

The lower ride and positioning you are searching for per ease of getting in and out will hamper road and traffic range of vision so 'greenhouse' seems important. Older Audi or Volvo wagons should be good that way- or sedan if she won't need the cargo room or suv type layout ? Those may come as awd.

Subaru's go the other way in my experience- good viz but higher road clearance and seating would probably make them problematic for a shorter person already experiencing concern.

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Re: Car for short, elderly person? [Re: jayjr1105] #5330291 01/23/20 01:36 PM
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Subaru Forester. They have excellent visibility with very large windows, and a short seat cushion which makes it comfortable for short drivers, and are reliable and reasonably priced. I would avoid versions without power seats. Also look at Toyota Sienna (good visibility, short seats) and Kia Soul.

My late mother in law chose one for this reason, we had sort of pressured her to go with a CR-V or Rav4 but she went the Forester route because of visibility.


We have two Foresters in the family now and they are OK for her. A good choice. But we live in the Northwest and the used pricing is pretty [censored] high for what you get due to popularity.


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