It depends on how much she is willing to spend. Get her into a new
Ford Focus. After a test drive she might love it. It's a world
seller. Feel the tight steering on that car, it corners like a go cart
and is as nimble as they get.
Some might say driving lessons and another car.
You could start by asking what she want's. Letting her drive some of
what she thinks she wants and then find something in her budget
closest to what she likes.
Just my take on it seeing as she will be the one driving it.
I thought about the crash rating too... other considerations are
a small weak engine, excellent headlights, auto trans, and
maybe a snitch box like in GM cars...she is in her 80's and
has a bit of a careless tendency regarding stop signs and
checking for oncoming traffic. Also she likes to drive too fast.
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 04:42:48 GMT, "Jim Warman"
Given those facts I would recommend 4 vehicles:
3) Smart (or other micro-car)
If she's in her 80's and truly is careless regarding stop signs and
oncoming traffic you have to honestly think of other road users and
perhaps have an off the record chat with her MD.
If she still is pretty good and has always been a bit "relaxed"
regarding rules of the road then a Taurus or Five Hundred might be
the Taurus w/ Vuilcan 3.0 engine might be good - no chevy, we're a
Ford family for no apparent reason. I want to put her in a 500 if I
can. She wanted a Prius but that's not what I want to inherit in a few
years. Assuming no more wrecks.
She wanted a Prius but that's not what I want to inherit in a few
The reason I mention Taurus instead of Five Hundred is that they're rated
just as well in crash tests, they're cheaper, the 3.0 vulcan is less
powerful than the 3.0 Duratec you'll have with a Five Hundred, and you'll be
out less money when she wrecks it again. That, of course, will mean there's
more for you to inherit in cash. :-)
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