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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Zaros, May 11, 2010.


  1. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    Apologies for the length of this thread. (That's if you read it at all of course) :lol:
    What's the difference between this vehicle...
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    And this vehicle...
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    The green car does exactly what the manufacturer claimed it could do! :001_cool:

    Due to the negligence of road contractors we accidentally broke the rear strut on our Subaru Forester. At the time we, including the dogs, were approximately 900 kilometres from home.
    After a lengthy phone call to the road recovery agency we are members of, explaining our predicament, we were to discover a slight technical hitch. They were prepared to loan us a replacement car but it would only be a compact size vehicle. “Oh really”
    “Excuse me, but we have luggage and two rather large dogs in transit so unfortunately we will require a much larger car.”
    The assistant then told us two things. “You will have to pay extra for the upgrade depending on size and vehicle type. We don’t allow clients to transport dogs in any of our vehicles.”
    “Oh really! Then how do you suggest we get the dogs home?” PAUSE. SILENCE. “We’ll call you back”
    An hour later we spoke to a gentleman who told us we could use an FWD equivalent (Nissan X Trail) which was bigger than our car, BUT, we couldn’t fold the rear seats down and any damage the dogs caused would be paid for by us. The latter of that statement was fair enough but to even suggest that we were down right inconsiderate or disrespectful of other folk’s property was just infuriating. Besides, the Subaru is still remains in showroom condition.
    After a total of 4 hours and more of sitting around in a remote place the recovery company finally showed up with its transporter complete with replacement vehicle.
    True to his word the Nissan was indeed much larger than our Subaru. In fact, by its comparison, it was a veritable giant.
    The exchange was completed and our car was taken away.
    Oh dear! How cosmetics wickedly deceives the eye! The Nissan, big on the outside was desperately small on the inside, whereas the Subaru is the exact opposite.
    Folding the rear seats down in the Nissan was not a practical idea at all. Seat bottoms pull up and out and then they tuck down into the foot wells. Headrests out (3) and put them where you can find a place to put them and fold the seat backs down onto where the seat bottoms originally fit. This leaves a rather deep ledge (step) across the centre of the load space (The Subaru load area is completely flat and all that is required is to fold the seat backs down onto the seats themselves, leaving the foot wells as ample storage space.)
    Sadly, the dogs were confined to their individual and very uncomfortable inadequate halves of floor area but not just because they had to share it with luggage but because vehicle designers have lost the plot!
    As for drive, I wouldn’t dare take this vehicle off road. It’s bulbous, it’s top heavy and it lacks positive road holding. The dogs didn’t like it either which was evident from their reluctance to get back in after a break.
    They should rename it the X trial because the X disguises the amount of expletives applied whilst arranging the vehicle for loading and the Trial because that’s what it becomes when loading it with more than just your weekly shopping! :mad:
    So the questions remain; what’s happened to simple practicality and versatility in vehicle design? Has it been sacrificed for cosmetics and all this new fangled must have electrickery which inevitably makes a car more difficult to work on?
    Furthermore, what’s the point of a utility vehicle if it can’t be used as a utility? :confused1:
     
  2. hawksport

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    What we in the UK call a Chelsea tractor
     
  3. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    Oh yes I'm familiar with that one. Big , brash and always imposing in your rear view mirror type of vehicle. The only time they go off road is when they get parked on the pavement! :lol:
     
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