Re: Careful what you wish for ('05 Focus)
On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 08:31:50 +0200, "Stephen F." <ferguson@NOJUNKbluewin.ch>
>"Roarmeister" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> On Wed, 25 May 2005 08:27:26 +0200, "Stephen F."
>> <ferguson@NOJUNKbluewin.ch> wrote:
>>>What really annoys me is the industry-wide trend towards bloated cars.
>>>new Focus is 14cm wider than the old one. This is substantial, and ...
>>>Oh, and it didn't fit in my garage at home.
>> Out of curiosity, just how big do they make garages in Switzerland?
>> Obviously we in NA are just used to large vehicles (the Focus is
>> to a small or compact car). Even the smallest of garages in Canada can
>> accommodate a NA Focus and most any other car. Min. garage door size is
>> 6'x7' high (1.8m X 2.1m) ie a double wide man door although that is
>> extremely rare and the more typical is an 8' or 9' wide x 7' high door and
>> single garages are 10'-16' wide.
>> A lot of people have 9'x8' high doors for their SUVS and 3/4 ton pickups,
>> and 2 and 3 car garages are not uncommon.
>I'd have to measure it to be sure, but the clearance on either side of the
>mirrors is a few inches when backing past the concrete pillars (it's an
>underground garage). Once past the pillars, there is a little more wiggle
>room to get out of the car. Our friends have to fold the mirrors on their
>Volvo V70 to park reliably.
>I know what you mean about NA garages. My parents live in a modest 1960s
>split-level near Toronto, and the garage accomodated (barely) a 1974
>Plymouth Gran Fury coupe. My father's Passat looks somewhat lost in it now,
>and my old '78 Fiesta looked like it would have fit sideways.
Well then, the Smart Car definitely could. Those things are remarkably