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Old 09 Feb 2012, 08:34 pm
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I'm in the process of buying my folks a used car since their Hyundai Sante Fe is too tall for them to get in and out of. My mother has severe problems with her knees and back so getting in and out of a car is a challenge for her. She told me that the easiest car to get in and out of (based on her experience with several friend's cars) is the PT Cruiser.

I wouldn't mind buying her a used PT Cruiser but she needs an all wheel drive vehicle so that snow doesn't keep her from dialysis appointments. Ug!

I own a 2004 RAV4 that she says is easier to get into than the Santa Fe but my measurements show the RAV should be no different than the Sante Fe in terms of seat height from the ground and the car's floor height from the ground.

Would anyone on this forum mind measuring these two aspects of their stock PT Cruiser so that I could compare those measurements to my RAV4?


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Old 09 Feb 2012, 11:14 pm
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I'd like to help but mine has been lowered with the Eibach springs so my measurement would't do you any good.

If you want to add about 2 inches because it's lowered; it's 11 inches from ground to the sill that you would have to step over to get in and from ground to seat height (at the highest point) is 23 inches. The seat varies by about 2 inches from the front to the back of the seat.
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Old 10 Feb 2012, 01:43 am
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my granfather bought a pt cruiser for that exact reason(ease of getting in and out after his back surgery). i own a 2004 and when you set your feet out of the door it is almost like sitting in a chair maybe a little higher. Maybe buy snow tires that can have studs added for bad conditions. new pt owner here and we dont have much snow so i cant say how well they perform in the snow.
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Old 10 Feb 2012, 11:06 am
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Yes, was to buy my father one (No need now ) as you can just sit down, and no need to pull yourself to standing as in a standard sedan.

I'd agree on snow tires, Michelin is my favored brand, there's also specialty Scandinavian tires who (must) take Winter travel very seriously.
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