hi gene - i'll chime in on this one since no one has addressed the old
having been there, done that.....with my own dad, the lincoln towncar is
the only choice hands down. here are the main reasons i've found. and
before i say this, i will tell you ahead of time, i have a car lot and
put him in a lot of different vehicles.
- he had trouble pulling himself into a truck type applications. it
hurts them and nothing to grab in pull themselves in or out.
- a lot of cars, such as t-birds, and cougars, mustangs, drop down when
you get in and they have problems getting down and getting up from that
- the van wasn't too bad, but i guess it would depend mainly on the van.
- the crown vic would be the next choice but when compared to the
lincoln, there isn't any.
- the lincoln has done their homework, because, i guess, a lot of people
who can afford them or older. the leather seats are easier to slide in
and out of as compared to cloth seats. don't sound like much but ask
anyone who has had a hip replacement operation. and the oh shit handles
are standard on the lincoln. it is those handles that they can hang on
to while getting in and out of that makes the difference as well at the
seating height. they don't drop in. when they go to get out, the first
thing they do is open the door, grab the overhead handle and pull
themselves over to the edge of the car, then swing their legs around to
stand up. all this takes a lot of energy at that age.
a young person doesn't give it a second thought about hopping in or out
of a car. my brother has trouble climbing into a lincoln towncar.
sitting aside the fact that he's 400lbs, he's had a knee operation and
can't bend his leg much. when he gets in, he puts one hand in the
middle of the seat where the lincoln emblem is and the other one on the
roof structure of the car and ease himself into the seat. then he gets
the overhead handle to pick himself up and move himself around to
position himself to drive.
i doubt very seriously if you will find a 98 lincoln towncar in the
price range you quoted. they just had a 98 lincoln that ran very good
that brought over 4,000 dollars, but it had 608,000 miles on it. that's
right 608,000 miles. i also see one on ebay that sold with 310,000
miles that brought over 5,000 dollars. check out the ebay prices and
then go shopping locally.
you can pick up a real nice mid 90's lincoln for that price range that
will perform the service that you require of it and won't break your
pocket book. also, be advised, since you said that you are not going to
use it that much, that the depreciation factor comes into play and
lincolns do depreciate a lot faster than the crown vics.
hope this information helps.
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