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09 January 2008 @ 05:53 pm
more ask lj about cars  
Have any of you owned a car with a sliding side door? Do you have anything I should worry about if I were considering a car with one.
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just a guy made of dots and lines: drivercrs on January 9th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
My parents have had vans with sliding doors for a while. They seem pretty well understood by manufacturers these days.
A little nightnacht_musik on January 10th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
They can sometimes be really hard to open or close, especially parked the wrong way on a slope, or if the mechanisms get cranky. Maybe not usually a problem for a healthy adult. I've seen powered sliding side doors, they kind of scare me, but I gather they're not ACTUALLY automatically evil.

katybeth on January 10th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Powered sliding doors are actually pretty cool.
Camilla Foxcfox on January 10th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
My MIL has drama with her powered slide door; apparently there's a belief shared by only half the family that it's "bad for it" to manually open and close the door, and a lot of fuss made when someone forgets and grabs the handle, or the driver doesn't activate the mechanism promptly.

(AFAICT, it's a social problem, not a technological one.)
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fictiontesting4l on January 12th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
My '91 Aerostar has one. The biggest problem is that it's become harder to close as the years have gone by. People have to slam it when they close it these days.

Of course, this is some 17 years after it was new -- some of that's expected. Especially since it survived me beating up on it in various ways while I was in college.
jweissbrass_rat on January 13th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
my folks had a car with 2 (Nissan Stanza wagon). I remember them getting a little crunchy when the car got old, but for all I know vacuuming or greasing the track or something similar would have solved the problem.