|Barked: Fri Oct 30, '09 12:39pm PST |
|I have an '06 Jeep Grand Cherokee (mines a 4x4, though you don't have to get that), and I love it. I have a barrier that separates the cargo area (although I keep it right behind the driver's seats with the rear seats folded flat). I do not use seatbelts also partly because Sam and a foster that I had both chewed through them. With 4 dogs, crates are not practical unless I had a cargo van! The barrier works well for me. The Jeep is also good on insurance, partly because it has 5 star crash ratings all the way around!
I was also in a pretty bad accident 2 years ago when someone pulled out in front of me, and I did have Max and Fred along with me. Both were in the backseat (Mitsubishi Montero SUV), and the Montero also saved us. It's safety features performed exceedingly well also. I was pinned in the car, and since i didn't have the barrier at that time, I called the dogs to me and attached their leashes (we in the middle of a busy road). They were not aggressive at all, just a little uncertain. Lucky for me, a police officer put them in the back of his car until a friend arrived to pick them up. The police officer also had Boxers, so he was talking to me the entire time the fire fighters were cutting me out. I was conscious, just stuck. I'm not sure how the dogs would have reacted if I'd been unconscious.
Over all, I say go test drive a Jeep! They are fantastic in terms of room, very easy to fold down the seats (literally just pull on a strap and it folds over completely flush with the rear cargo area), nice to drive, and very safe. I test drove a Honda Element, honestly, I was sold on it until I drove it. Then, I hated it. Sorry guys, I know some of you love it, but it was definitely not the car for me.
Sorry about your rib, I know that is really painful. I hope you feel better soon! (and that they gave you some good meds! )
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