I got my GPV from a salesman here in NZ. When I got it, it was an ex demo chair and was at least 10 years old. I think this is a reflection on the quality of the chair and it’s versatility to different situations. You will not find many wheelers (regardless of their reason) who have not either heard of, tried, or use a Quickie GPV. The GPV was one of the first rigid wheelchairs available on the market. If you read different biographies of Marilyn Hamilton you will read that before Quickie chairs very similar to the GPV were made, old, heavy Everest and Jennings chairs were the latest thing in the market. The GPV’s style has not changed over the last few decades that it has been produced, and many people are still recommending it as a good “first chair”. I personally think the GPV has stood the test of time and is still a relevant chair to use today.
I do not regret my decision to get a GPV as my first chair, and I am not the only one. Wylz, one of the members on this site will tell you his very first wheelchair was an ex rental Quickie GPV that he had to spray paint (it was a horrendous neon yellow). It did not take long to learn to adjust to my chair and I quickly mastered many every day skills required in wheeling. I now have a firm grasp and feel for my chair and I know just how far I can take it before it is too far.
The GPV’s frame is a box shape. This can make it irritating getting in and out of your car. My particular chair has long caster forks and 3” casters, and I can attest to many a time losing my patience trying to get my chair into the back seat. Any other problems I say I have with this chair would have to be problems that anyone would have with their chair. Loose wheel locks, bent spokes, the list can go on if you really wanted it to. One issue I did have with this chair was the leg rest. Because of it’s tapered design, shortening it can be rather “challenging” to say the least. I don’t know what it’s like with other chair models that have tapering leg rests, but the salesman had to attack my chair with a hammer to try and raise the leg rest, and it still is not high enough.
You’ve heard my gripes now hear the positives. The GPV is the cheapest rigid chair you can buy (brand new) nowadays. If you kept it completely base, you could have a nice GPV for under $1000 usd. Because I bought my second hand GPV from a Quickie salesman, my chair still has the frame lifetime guarantee, so if I managed to “conveniently” accidentally brake the frame, it would be replaced at no charge…he he he, I like that :D. This chair is very manoeuvrable. The only I found myself having was when I first had the chair and didn’t quite have that “sense” of where my chair is. Hey, you could decrease the rear seat height, increase the camber, put the appropriate straps on, and you would have a workable tennis chair. The choices are endless. I hope this review is helpful. I would recommend the GPV to any person looking for their “first chair”. I don’t regret buying this chair and now that I’ve gotten some good experiences in it I feel I’m better prepared to face the wheelchair market and look for a brand new chair.