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Old 12-15-2012, 08:24 AM
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Want to park better? Then you need to buy a Prius! Great gas mileage and small enough to fit in tight spots..
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:06 PM
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Re: Judging distances

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Want to park better? Then you need to buy a Prius! Great gas mileage and small enough to fit in tight spots..
Au contrair...the one thing we didn't like about our Prius (outside of very poor winter traction) was the lack of visibility to the back and back corners...it was difficult to park in that respect. The Subaru Outback Limited that replaced it is much, much easier to park! (And doesn't get stuck in an inch of snow...)
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Re: Judging distances

hahaha. I have had the crooked parking problem as well! I generally think of myself as a pretty good driver. Don't have / never had, any issues parking any of my previous 10+ vehicles. Since I've picked up the wk2, I've had to laugh at my own crooked parking. The line of the driver side window, does not line up any where near parallel with straight forward. Something with the more rounded front end? I dunno, maybe its just the age catching up with me in tight LA parking. I'm starting to adjust. Also.... usually sober when testing the above theory.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:16 PM
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Re: Judging distances

My last vehicle was an Expedition so this little thing is a piece of cake. Oh, and I drove a bus for three years while in college. The driver's exam included parallel parking and right side loading dock, plus or minus 6" required to pass.
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Re: Judging distances

I added a rear camera to my Laredo, consider it hazardous to back without unless you open the tailgate since cannot see anything short.
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hahaha. I have had the crooked parking problem as well! I generally think of myself as a pretty good driver. Don't have / never had, any issues parking any of my previous 10+ vehicles. Since I've picked up the wk2, I've had to laugh at my own crooked parking. The line of the driver side window, does not line up any where near parallel with straight forward. Something with the more rounded front end? I dunno, maybe its just the age catching up with me in tight LA parking. I'm starting to adjust. Also.... usually sober when testing the above theory.
Ditto that!
I have ordered a front camera...
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:11 PM
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Re: Judging distances

I too have a harder time with the Jeep than I have with previous vehicles. The front end is very tough for both of us, it always feels like you're up much closer to something than you really are. It could benefit from front parking sensors.
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Re: Judging distances

Parallel parking is what gets me... my mirrors can't see all the way to the ground so I can't tell how close/far I am from the curb.

What models have the mirrors that adjust when you put it into reverse? Wish my Altitude had that...
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Judging distances

turbo, my Summit has that mirror feature and I hate it...so it's disabled in the EVIC. It would be nice if you could selectively have it active without having to navigate menus for things like parallel parking, but I find it very discomforting for my mirrors to suddenly look down every time I put my Jeep in reverse as it causes "other" blind spots for me. Very subjective, however...

My father's Caddy has it, too...and when I have to drive it while visiting, I go bonkers!
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:16 AM
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Re: Judging distances

When I test drove a Hemi Overland the other day, I could whip that thing in and out of a spot easier than my 2012 accord coupe. My 2001 accord coupe was easy as well. I've been driving my 2012 accord for about 6 months now and still can't get the hang of it... definitely weird.
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Granted, my last vehicle was a full size truck, but I find my GC very easy to park. Whip it in about anywhere. Much better than my mom's Edge too.
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My first vehicle was a '04 Yukon XL and I could pull up to a concrete wall and get 4" off of the wall from the front bumper comfortably. I can't do this in my GC.

The visibility really isn't that great since the beltline is somewhat high. I have trouble seeing where curbs are when pulling out of parking lots onto roads and it's actually kind of annoying at times. I've gotten used to it by now by remembering where curbs are so it's no big deal to me at all. I still love my Jeep. Oh and small windows are part of the reason the WK2's look so good IMO.
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