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Dateline program about SUV's being TOO dangerous

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 82Jimmy, Oct 24, 2000.

  1. 82Jimmy

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    Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    I was watching the program and they keep saying that they weren't meant to drive on the road at 65 and that they are too easily to rollover...just my opinion but isn't that why we bought them....because not everyone can drive them...and would you rather be under a semi with fiberglass stuck all over your body...or be in a STEEL k5 rolled over in a ditch...i think i would take the k5. I see how they get there information 22%of "car" related deaths are rollover realated but 66% of suv are rollover realted. I see that, but do they not know that riding lower is more dangerous...I don't know how many wrecks I here about where cars get plowed by trains or total smashed by semi's.....just yesterday a bronco 2 got hit by a semi, there back end looks like its been throught hell but the front cab is perfect! In a little geo metro the thing would be left in pieces and the driver of the semi would have to wipe the blood off the windshield. Anyone see my point?


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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    I think the problem with "SUVs" being too dangerous is that people don't know they cant drive them like a sports car. Thats not what they are for and it sucks for us too because all the people buying them now want a carlike ride but they want an suv because its trendy. That leaves us with some pretty useless stuff in 10 years...honda crv...If people actually bought them for what they are made to be used for and they knew how to drive them it wouldn't be a problem. Who came up with SUV anyway? I dont see anything sporty about my K5

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    And I guess all those 3 trailer semi's on the highway are alot safer for all of us.
     
  4. 82Jimmy

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Those 3 trailer semi's are what transports all the stuff you have.


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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    I watched the whole show. The thing I kept hearing was that they arent as safe as they say. Not they are the most dangerouse thing on the road. DUH, they are taller , higher center of gravity. Its all these yuppies that are are starting to kill themselves "oh my they flip." buy a minvan for godsakes!!!!

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    some "SUVs" are already minivans like the Lexus, Bimmer, Mercedes, Acura...the list gets longer every day...

    90K5
     
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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Just like atv's...... They aren't dangerous, people with their head in their anal cavity are dangerous.If people would learn to drive, or ride, the vehicle slowly instead of jumping in and flooring the gas, they wouldn't have as many problems.

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    People who buy SUVs (I hate that term) because they are safe are idiots. I bought my Blazer because I wanted something to go mudding in, tow, and haul parts around in. My fiancee's parents just bought her a 96 Pathfinder (or, as I like to call it, the foreign weedwhacker)because they wanted her to be safe. Um, wait a minute, let me see. My best friend had the exact car and he hit a curb at 40mph, rolled 3 times, and ended up on his side with a Taco Bell sign through the sunroof. Sounds pretty safe to me.... If it weren't for all these yuppies buying them, they wouldn't suck so bad and they wouldn't be so darn expensive! Enough venting - I just needed to get that out of my system.

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Quite frankly this whole SUV thing is pissing me off. I personnaly hate the damned things. I hate having my truck compared to them. Blazers/Jimmys, Broncos, and Ram Chargers (gotta be fair) are trucks, and do not deserve to be compared to Explorers, the new Blazers/Jimmys (Still like 'em, but it really sucks that the last comparable thing to a F.S. Blazer, the 2-door Tahoe, is a thing of the past now), and Dakotas. Yeah, they got their place I guess, but I've taken my Jimmy (stock) on trails that would leave these new SUV's stuck and with their insides torn out. Sorry 'bout the rant guys, just had to get it outta me.
    P.S. My whole stand is summed up below.

    Call my rig an SUV... And I'll tear your lungs out.
     
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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Any vehicle with a 1/2 ton frame is not an SUV in my book. One of my friends called my Jimmy a "stupid ugly vehicle" (his exact words) the day I bought it and I almost hit him. I was so pissed, I told him I better never hear him say that again and I left. I would say that our trucks are far safer than the average piece of cr@p built today. A good example was on tv last week. I was watching one of those police chase shows and they showed a pickup get rearended by another truck doing 60 mph just as the cop was walking up to the passenger side window. The truck slid to a stop in the middle of the road with the entire front end caved in and the pickup was completely destroyed too. Both drivers jumped out of their trucks and ran to the cop who was hurt on the side of the road (glass in his eye). What kind of truck hit the pickup? It was a K5![​IMG] When they played it in slow motion you could actually see the front axle get pushed back under the doors and the whole front end get crushed by about 3 feet. There aren't too many vehicles that could take that much damage and not hurt the driver at all. I really wish BMW and Lexus would go back to making really nice cars instead of cr@ppy little toy "trucks". I also wish GM would finally see the light like the other 2 did and go back to straight axles. I hate to say it but I really like the look of the Ford Superduty [​IMG]. A guy in my town lifted one 8" and mounted 38's on it for his wife's daily driver and she loves it. That thing is HUGE! A truck is a truck, if you want a nice smooth ride, BUY A CAR!!!

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Its all crap. Just by looking at a K5 you can tell Chevy was thinking of off-road-ability. These are some of the meanest vehicles ever made![​IMG] But in the future with all of these comfort built "SUV's"[​IMG] its going to be horrible. Can you imagine these things out lasting our K5's? No way! These things are half plastic! It doesn't make any sence.

    Don't let soccer moms ruin the SUV!

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Agree with 90k5, most people drive them like they are driving a corvette.
     
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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Too heavy ... easy rollover ... dangerous ... yada yada yada. I can't hear it anymore. Everyone should now what they do and how they do. I think nobody here bought his rig to outrace somebody on a curvy road or to gain new speed records. We know we are driving BIG rigs and HIGH rigs and that the center of gravity is fairly high and reduces our possible speed in curves.
    Besides that, there are other cars that are risky too:
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    That's, belive it or not, a Mercedes. It's called A-Class and was built as an answer to Volkswagen Rabbit. Some Swedish newspaper put it to the moose-test: bypass an obstacle at some 50mph without braking. Yes, it rolled over. And no, I don't think this test is practical. Do You really think, anybody in real live would try to bybass an obstacle like a moose without hammering his brakes before? Especially in a ABS-equipped car? I definitely would jump on the brakes, try to bypass the moose and in case I make it, change my pants afterwards.
    Just my .02...
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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Hi everyone, Watched the show here also. Been driving 4x4 for 30 yrs here. Why hold the manufacturers responsible for people's stupidity?
     
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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Yea, as I was watching it last night, I knew I would come in this morning and find a POST like this [​IMG]

    I agree with a lot of things said here. If you buy an SUV (or similar vehicle like a K5), you better know how to drive the thing; or at least respect it enough to learn how.

    I ageree it seems silly to blame the manufacturer for people rolling their vehicles over. You don't blame a stove maker if someone touches the burner when it's hot .... "..Ohh, it's not safe, I burned my hand on the burner!"

    These things (K5, CJ-7, Bronco, etc ..) were designed for .. mud slinging .. hill climbing .. water tredding .. off-road fun; not for mom to take the kids to the fair 3 hours away doing 75mph down the highway.
    But, everyone wants a 4x4 these days, so the manufactures started making them appeal to these "mom's" hence the Excursion -- I mean what the hell is that thing? why not just buy a freaking conversion van? better yet, I saw a good deal on a THOMAS yellow school bus down the street, you should be able to fit the whole family in there AND be safer than anything else I can think of.

    Anyway, just thought I'd add my thoughts. It seems we're all in agreement about this subject. Maybe Dateline should have interviewed a few 4x4'ers to get a complete perspective instead of just sticking with a manufacturer, Car salesman, Insurance guy, and a victim who rolled his explorer.

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Maybe the dealer should give buyers an SUV driving test. If they are dumb, the dealer would rip off the front and rear swaybars. That way, driver's who lack the common sense to slow down on corners will get a little feedback to tell them "hey, this thing's high, maybe I should take it easy." Instead, they try to make it drive like a car when in reality, it has lower limits than a car.

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    I watched it and couldn't help but wonder when the guy who lost his family said "had I known that vehicle was prone to roll-overs, I would have bought something else." Well, umm, I'm pretty sure there was a sticker on the visor that pointed the handling differences out in SPADES. It's always unfortunate that people who should buy STATION WAGONS are killed in accidents involving SUV's. But if you drive a viper through Tellico, guess what happens?! Same principal, just the antithesis. Oh well. I make it a point to take corners alot slower than 25mph. anyway. I'll continue to drive my K5, safeley and carefully.

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    Here's my 2 cents. Yes, we all hate our K5's being compared to rav4's and crv's, but oh well. On the safety issue, it all comes down to ONE thing, the MONKEY behind the wheel. I drive a lot and I've seen a lot of dumb moves by other drivers, unsafe lane changes, tailgating, people eating, smoking, doing make up, talking on the phone, all while driving on a freeway. I'm a decent driver (I'm being modest) and I take a serious attidude when I'm behind the wheel, ask my wife, I don't even like being talked to when driving. Why? It's simple, I've learned the hard way and I've seen the ordeal that accidents can put you through. Especially now with everyone trying to profit off one another.
    Yes, taller vehicles are more succeptible to rollover's, but if you drive the way way you're supposed to it isn't any greater threat than driving an escort. My bottomline is that it's the driver NOT the vehicle. Think about it, what percentage of accident's are driver error as compared to vehicle malfunction? BTW you can roll anything, and I mean ANYTHING! I rolled a Saturn couple years ago, and NO it wasn't lifted![​IMG]

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    All this "dangerous SUV" nonesense just proves Darwin's point, survival of the fittest, if you're too stupid to realize you're driving a truck, even though they call it an suv, then well....can't say i feel too sorry for you, i feel sorry for the poor guy in the next lane, My trucks up somewhere around 8" with 35's, and it'll go in a staight line like a bat outta hell, but to tell you the truth, the 30ft Blue Bird Transit Coaches i used to drive slalomed a helluva lot better than my beastie. The difference is that I'm at least smart enough to have figured that out a long time ago, not when my trucks careening off the road in a barrel roll, "Gee, Buffy, we seem to have a problem"

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    Re: Dateline program about SUV\'s being TOO dangerous

    It always amazes me!!!....without fail you see some dumbass yuppie driving his family up to the ski hill on the weekend and here he is driving everyone off the road!!...Its the classic mis-conception that 4 wheel drive mean you can go anywhere and at any speed!!...These people think that a 4x4 will save them from skidding out of control while they push 45 around hairpin turns and try passing in dangerous situations...I think alot has to do with more of the general public driving "SUV's" and not being educated...And the fact that they are trendy....
     

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