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Getting In And Out Of The Car

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Scottish777

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Hello! My name is Scott Yang, and I am a student at Northwestern University. My Engineering Design class is doing some research on the chevrolet avalanche, and my project is to somehow improve the way a person gets into and out of the car.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me your opinions on the avalanche that you own.

In general...

1. Are you not satisfied with ANY thing about the car in terms of getting in and out of the car? (ex. difficulty, annoyances, things that you could see improvement in).

2. What are you most satisfied about, in terms of getting in and out of the car? (Good ledge design, etc).
 
I have the assist steps on my AV and I LOVE them, they're wide so you don't slip, and I'm all of 5'3" so I'm short.......

Couldn't have asked for a better way to get in/out of my truck!

;D

Kim
 
If I have to say anything bad about the layout of my AV, it would be the placement of the emergency brake, I keep hitting my leg on it, or my pants will catch on it when I go to get out of my truck, other than this LITTLE annoyance, I :love: my truck ;D

Big Dog
:B:
 
Always glad to help out!

Scottish777 said:
1. ?Are you not satisfied with ANY thing about the car in terms of getting in and out of the car? (ex. difficulty, annoyances, things that you could see improvement in).
Anything about the vehicle when getting in and out? If I was to pick one thing, it would be the snow falling inside when the door opens, but that is true of most vehicles. Regarding just the factory running boards, they are sometimes just slightly too narrow so you have to stand sideways when getting inside of the vehicle. The runningboards also have a tendency to get slippery ease with water or snow. (Also note that the factory runningboards are an option; you may receive more helpful information from those who do not have them.)

Scottish777 said:
2. ?What are you most satisfied about, in terms of getting in and out of the car? (Good ledge design, etc).
Assuming that the suspension on the vehicle is stock, the height of the runningboards is perfect. My mother is 5'0" and has commented that the runningboards are great for someone her height to get in and out of the vehicle.

I hope that this helps. :)
 
wonder91178 said:
I have the assist steps on my AV and I LOVE them, they're wide so you don't slip, and I'm all of 5'3" so I'm short.
You must have tiny feet. :) I find the runningboards too narrow. :)
 
Boar-Ral said:
You must have tiny feet. :) I find the runningboards too narrow. :)

You must have BIG feet! :eek: Just kidding....

Nope, regular ol' feet.......I can stand on them frontways/sideways/all the ways......and since we don't get snow......rain occasionally.....it's not slippery for me...(I am in TX afterall...hehe).

Kim
 
My Av didn't come with running boards, but they are on order now. To me these or nerf bars are almost a must have. I can already see the spider effect on my leather seats :cautious:

I do wish there was a better handle placement on the drivers side and mostly on the passenger side. The backseats have a great handle to help in getting in/out of the Av. I will second the emergency brake when not engaged the brake extends to far out. I have also caught the heel of my shoe on the plastic shroud on the side of the seat, hasn't been a big issue, but also hasn't broken yet either. Wish this was a bit closer to the carpet to prevent my heel catching on it. This may not be an issue once I have the running boards though.
 
BigDog1967 said:
If I have to say anything bad about the layout of my AV, it would be the placement of the emergency brake, I keep hitting my leg on it, or my pants will catch on it when I go to get out of my truck, ?other than this LITTLE annoyance, I ?:love: my truck ;D

Big Dog
:B:
I will echo that one for sure, real pain :7:
 
The worst thing for me (I'm a big guy) is the placement of the inside door handle! It is down under the arm rest and is still a pain for me!
 
Engineer Yang,

I suggest you and your class design a running board that folds out of the way and is virtually 'Invisible' when you don't need it without impinging on the superb ground clearance while easily engaged ?to go into action as you ingress and egress out of the vehicle.

You guys also need to design an ergonomically efifcient grab handle for all 4 doors of the vehicle that serve a multipurpose function as well, such as a coat hanger or whatever.

Other than that, i have no problems. I am 6 feet tall, 180 lbs--mostly legs. I feel for the drivers who are 5'3'' or less as posted above.

Ditto on the placement of the parking brake although this may be outside the parameters of your hypothetical question.
 
wonder91178 said:
You must have BIG feet! ?:eek: Just kidding.
You would be surprised how often I hear that. ?Oh! ?You said FEET! ?Sorry. :)

Just kidding. :)
spectron65 had not said:
Nope, regular ol' feet.......I can stand on them frontways/sideways/all the ways......and since we don't get snow......rain occasionally.....it's not slippery for me...(I am in TX afterall...hehe).
What? ?You had more snow on the ground than we did in Alberta, up until a couple days ago. :)
 
Y-Guy said:
I do wish there was a better handle placement on the drivers side and mostly on the passenger side. ?The backseats have a great handle to help in getting in/out of the Av. I will second the emergency brake when not engaged the brake extends to far out. ?I have also caught the heel of my shoe on the plastic shroud on the side of the seat, hasn't been a big issue, but also hasn't broken yet either. ?Wish this was a bit closer to the carpet to prevent my heel catching on it. ?This may not be an issue once I have the running boards though. ?
I usually use the steering wheel, if I need something to hold onto. My grandmother is really impressed with the handle in the back. She can get into the Avalanche more easily than into my aunt's Windstar because the Windstar doesn't have any handles to assist. (I seem to recall a flap or a loop hanging from a seat or something, but it's not the same as having a sturdy hold to help yourself in with.
 
Boar-Ral said:
You would be surprised how often I hear that. ?Oh! ?You said FEET! ?Sorry. :)

Just kidding. :)
What? ?You had more snow on the ground than we did in Alberta, up until a couple days ago. :)


I don't think I said that. I don't live in Texas (but I've always wanted to visit). I think you misquoted me ?:)

My reply to this thread is a letter that begins with:

Engineer Yang....
 
spectron said:
I don't think I said that. I don't live in Texas (but I've always wanted to visit). I think you misquoted me ?:)

My reply to this thread is a letter that begins with:

Engineer Yang....
Yeow! ?I really need to watch what I'm cutting and pasting. :) Sorry about that. :) I fixed it. ;)
 
Catching the pant leg on the parking break is common for me.

Otherwise, the only complaint about entering or exiting our AV is getting the pants muddy when getting out. Only seems to happen on the back right about where the calf muscle is located.
 
I don't usually use the steps when its just me. I do use them when I have my 2 yr. old with me though. Makes it a lot easier helping him in and out. My wife always uses the steps to get in and out.
 
Running boards or bars are a must for us shorter folks and kids.

I would like to see chevy divide the mid gate at the same point the rear seats divide.

My $.02
 
I personally don't like the assist steps, I find myself having to consciously think about the way I exit (need to look down and step side ways or try to land the heel) or I'll wind up scraping/whacking my shin or ankle (or getting pants dirty)--

If putting a child in a car seat or reaching across for something they come in handy to stand on to extend your reach.
 
I'm upset, I've had my AV for over a year now and have never caught my pants on the parking brake.

Course I seldom leave the car with the brake off.

As for running boards, I have them, but at 6'2" with long legs I just step into it from the ground. My wife at 5'4" always uses them and likes them. Our Navigator, a '99, had running boards also but they were so narrow as to be largely useless. Ford "improved" them in '00 and I suppose they are OK now.
 
1. Problems/annoyances:
Ditto for me on catching the parking brake with my pant leg.

The steps are handy for folk that are "height challenged" (e.g my kids) ? ;)

The door handles are placed kind of low. ?I'm used to them, but anyone new to my truck invariably has problems finding the handle.

Would like adjustable height armrests - these are too high for my liking

The inflatable lumbar support sometime seems temperature dependent upon ambient (more full/harder when warm, flat and no support when cold)

2. Good design:
Height is just right for me - don't have to pull my self up into the chair -- or fall into it -- when getting in. (I'm 6'0")


UPDATE - for clarification I'm catching the parking brake release handle with my pant leg -- doesn't matter whether the brake in engaged or not.
 
BeAVertonFAN said:
Would like adjustable height armrests - these are too high for my liking...

Totaly spaced this one. ?Either the left arm is too high or too low. ?I would like a left arm rest that was level with the one on the right (I have a bench seat if that matter.)

But I guess this isn't really about getting in or out. :cautious:
 
I'm about 5'8" and moderately thick in the middle. My biggest problem getting into my AV is my wife parking too close to me in the garage and having to highwire on the runningboards to squeeze in. But that's not a problem you all should be able to fix (unless you can expand my garage).
I have no problems with the emergency brake, however the door handle placement is not so good for those of us with wide butts.
I had problems bumping my head in a Blazer I rented in Hawaii, but with the AV (possibly having a sunroof too), I never bump my head.
I would like to see a memory position on the steering wheel column. I had an '87 Pathfinder that once you set the steering wheel position, it would remember, but you had a "fast exit" lever that you pushed down on and the steering wheel would pop all the way up. When you got back in and hit the lever again, it would return the steering wheel to the driving position. I just prefer this because I like having a more agressive driving position that wouldn't allow me easy exit because the wheel would be too low and close to the seat.
Make sense? ???
 
Getting in and out on the driver side is a piece of cake. I have the assist steps, but don't use them much. They are very handy for getting into the truck with full hands (cell phone, pda, lunch, keys, magazines, etc.)

My wife, on the other hand, uses them (the assist steps) all the time on the passenger side. Even with the assist steps she says it is difficult to get in. She would like a grab handle, like the ones in the back, up front. The handle over the glove box is inconvenient as you have to reach too far into the truck in order to get a hand on it.
 
BeAVertonFAN said:
Would like adjustable height armrests - these are too high for my liking
I always felt that the armrests were too low. I have to lean to the side a bit for my arm to rest on it. (I assume we are discussing the ones in the centre, since the door armrest would be difficult to make adjustable.) :)

Of course, an adjustable armrest would take care of this too. :)
 
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