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Chevrolet Tahoe, Honda Pilot, Isuzu Trooper, Ford Expedition, Dodge Durango, Ford Freestyle, Volvo XC90, SUV
#107 of 118 Frame versus Unibody
Jan 27, 2010 (7:41 am)
Well it happened. I was involved in a minor accident. Yes it was the first accident I have been involved in that was my fault in over 30 years of driving. I was turning left at an intersection in my 2008 Expedition (full box frame vehicle) and collided with a 2008 Honda CRV (unibody). I was doing less than 10 miles per hour. The other vehicle had slowed down and was probably doing less than 20 mph. Both of us turned to avoid the accident. Airbags did not deploy in either vehicle and no one was hurt. The Expedition is approximately 2,500 pounds heavier than the Honda. Naturally the Expedition came out better. The radiator, engine and transmission on the Honda was turned completely off axis and was shoved into the Honda's firewall. The Honda went through the Expedition's cosmetic pieces like the fender and bumper cover but once it hit the Expedition's frame, the Honda didn't go any further. The Honda would not move and had to be winched onto a flat bed wrecker and hauled off. I drove the Expedition for a week until I had time to get it into the body shop. I'm not sure if the Honda was totaled or not but I would not be surprised if it was as it had some major damage not only to the body/unibody but also to the entire drive-train of the Honda. The main thing here is that nobody was injured. Had the same collision happened at higher speeds, it wouldn't have been pretty for the Honda. Again, thank God nobody was hurt.
#108 of 118 Re: Frame versus Unibody [motorhead15]
Feb 24, 2010 (12:27 pm)
It's good that vehicles are getting smaller and safer in general so when accidents do occur the outcome will be better for all involved.
May 21, 2010 (7:51 am)
I have 3 vehicles at my disposal. 2k3 Dodge Durango, 2k4 Chevy Tahoe, 2k9 Subaru Outback. I use my Outback to drive to and from work most days due to the fact that it sips fuel. My Durango used to be my daily driver until gas hit $4.00 a gallon. I kept my truck though due to the fact that my wife and I love driving trucks. On the weekends the Outback is in the garage and I am in my Durango for everything. My wife drives the Tahoe as her daily. I do this because I do like the Outback, and it is as small of a vehicle I will ever own. When we go on vacation, we can have nothing less than the hauling capabilities of the trucks. When she is doing her Real Estate she needs the size to carry customers and all her gear. I will have these until they reach 300,000 miles. The Durango is at 165,780 as of this morning. The Tahoe is at 100,000 and the Outback is at 50,000 as of yesterday. I am meticulous about my maintenance. They all run great. When They reach 300,000 I will then assess there future life and if it looks good I am going to push for 500,000. I like body on frame tough, dependable, easy to work on trucks!!!
#110 of 118 Honda Fit
May 28, 2010 (7:54 pm)
Even though we have a Ford Freestyle, for our family of 4, our Honda Fit can handle most of our vacation needs. It can hold 4 big suitcases behind the second row and our kids have plenty of space in the back. I guess for families of six that need to tow a boat I can see the need something big. It cost us $15K for the Fit brand new, so not only our we saving at the pump, but also on the initial purchase. And the reliability of the Fit is among the best.
#111 of 118 Host - the new 2011 Durango is here!
Nov 22, 2010 (1:03 pm)
Need a new thread for the all new 2011 Durango. Thanks.
#114 of 118 SUVs aren't the safety concern they once were
by steve_ HOST
Sep 28, 2011 (9:33 am)
"Redesigned front ends mean that SUVs and pickup trucks pose far less of a deadly risk to people in cars and minivans than before, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
More compatible designs mean that "SUVs aren't the safety concern they once were," the study said."
Redesigned SUVs Mean Crashes Aren't As Deadly, Says IIHS (Inside Line)
Mar 12, 2012 (11:09 am)
And I'm happy the redesign in 2013 (model year 2014) will remain to be body on frame!!!!