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#26 Tenbabes

Posted 22 September 2008 - 04:02 PM

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#27 CandysFamily

Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:56 PM

Did we have any success getting this stickied?
Thought I'd bump it up.

Oh & just add that yes Kia's suck!  Mine has cost me thousands, mostly due to mechanics not knowing what to do with it and making big mistakes!

#28 raisins

Posted 16 October 2008 - 10:32 PM

This thread is great-I've googled a lot of those on the list and done my research.


We can only afford second hand, as in only a few thousand dollars. Is anyone familiar with older models of 7 seaters that would be closer to our price range?
I'd love to go with a new one, but we just can't afford it sad.gif
Not that #4 is planned just yet, but hey-I want to know what I'm getting into grin.gif

#29 PackedToTheRafters

Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:18 AM

MAKE IT STICK!! original.gif

We really need this to stick, every time we consider a new car I look back through threads to find what was written.

#30 metime

Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:02 AM

Picked up my Mazda CX-9 yesterday and was can confirm that it does indeed have 5 child restraint points and not just 3 as was mentioned in either this thread or one of the other millions on EB  laughing2.gif  The ones for the 3rd row are along the back of the boot on the floor, they are covered with black plastic covers that clip off so they are not easily visable unless you look.

It's really beautiful, drives very well and has been rear crash tested and held up well so we know our 3rd row passengers won't be crumpled up in a crash.

#31 bubbano4

Posted 23 October 2008 - 01:12 PM

What a great and informative thread! Would  wub.gif  this to be stickied!

We are looking a t bigger cars atm and this thread has been a huge help..thanks guys biggrin.gif !

btw...what do you all think of the Holden Zafira? That was one that we are considering..does anyone have one??

#32 Done

Posted 15 November 2008 - 01:22 PM

just thought I would add some links to some old topics on cars.

Kia carnival and mazda mpv

wagon or kia carnival

kia grand carnival

Toyota Kluger & Mazda 9






tarago and pajero

Seven seaters 3 car seats

Cars that fit 4 car seats

7 seaters

7 seven seaters all with lapsash & fit double pram

9 nine seater

VW Transporter/Kombi/Caravelle, 9 seater

toyota avensis or mitsubishi grandis

Honda Odyssey Odyseey

toyota kluger

Mitsubishi delica

ford territory

ford territory and pram

holden captiva

hyundai imax

Volvo XC90 or Mazda CX9?

nissan elgrand

Edited by onetogo, 07 November 2009 - 07:12 PM.

#33 LadyBeetle.

Posted 18 November 2008 - 11:55 AM

Can anyone tell me what cars seat 10 and over people? I have tried searching the Ford Transit but only seem to get delivery vehicles (ie: no rear seats) Hiace isn't giving me much options either. Do these seat this many?

What site do you use when your looking for a new people mover?

#34 mynameisprince

Posted 18 November 2008 - 01:08 PM

LadyBeetle, I just went to carsales.com.au and typed in 'bus' into the keyword search & came up with the following:

Ford Transit VG, VH, VJ, VM,
Mercedes Sprinter
Toyota Hi Ace Commuter
Toyota Landcruiser Troopcarrier

That's from the first 5 pages, anyway.


#35 Jazz3

Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:36 PM

Great thread and exactly what I need!

I have narrowed it down to a Kluger or a Mazda CX9.  Although I love the shape of the Mazda, I love the fact I can take the middles seat out of the Kluger and have a walkway.  So much easier then flipping a seat every time I reckon.

I also went and looked at a new Nissan Pathfinder today and I really like it.  Does anyone have one of these as I have not read much about anyone who has one?


#36 CandysFamily

Posted 21 November 2008 - 11:32 AM

Just thought that I'd add this note, in case anyone is looking at doing the same.
If you are going to salary sacrifice (lease) your car, the payload can't be above 1 tonne. I have just found this out the hard way. It means the biggest car I can get this way is the VW caravelle - which doesn't suit us (no boot space!) - we really want a Toyota.
And another thing these big cars attract, is the luxury car tax! Can you believe that!
So no I have got my new car yet, still researching... still saving  sad.gif
But I thought this might be useful to someone.

#37 ohboy

Posted 21 November 2008 - 12:51 PM


We are looking at buying a hiace so I have been ringing around asking about getting anchor points put in.  All 4 places I rang said all we could do is a crab bar across the back row of seats and remove the first two seats at the front.  I'm sure I have seen cars & pictures on here of baby seats in other positions.  Can anyone help with if this can be done and the cost of doing it (need to factor that into loan amount).  I'm in QLD so if anyone up here knows of somewhere that would be a blessing  grin.gif

Thanks heaps

P.S Love this thread by the way, will be so helpful to anyone looking for a LF car.

#38 rodent

Posted 21 November 2008 - 01:32 PM

Firstly it depends on the age of the HiAce.  2004 and earlier I think the crab bar on the back row is the only option.  2005 and later is a new shape with individual seats and lap/sash belts.  I am in NSW and was able to get anchor points on ALL the seats except the driver and passenger, so in our 12 seater we have 10 anchor points (engineer certified).  Ours is a 2005 and all seats are screwed down, no flips up seats.  Someone around here in WA can only get their engineer to do the window seats (both sides).  No idea about Qld sorry.


P.S.  Also be aware that rear facing seats will only fit in certain positions.  Front passenger row, front single seat, and behind the aisle.

#39 ohboy

Posted 21 November 2008 - 01:47 PM

Thanks so much Rodent.  Yes we are looking at 05-08 models so it would have the same seats as yours.  Now to find someone who can do it in QLD????  Even rang Toyota and they couldn't help me wacko.gif

#40 LadyBeetle.

Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:15 PM

Thought of one not on the list. Mercedes Vito. It comes in mix of combinations. I have seen 6 seaters, 8 seaters and 9 seater in the people mover range.

Edited by LadyBeetle., 21 November 2008 - 09:21 PM.

#41 4lildarlins

Posted 21 November 2008 - 11:17 PM

We recently sold our Kia for the Imax due to lap belt issues and the need for a bigger car my daycare kids.

We had extra anchor points put in the rear row (paid for by car yard)and the boot is massive!! I get my valco in there unfolded with toddler seat attached and all the kids school gear etc.

Shame it is just so darn ugly  tongue.gif

#42 strawbs77

Posted 27 November 2008 - 08:10 PM

Great thread ladies!

On the list can we add: Number and location of anchor points, Number of Lap/sash seat belts, Number of head rests and what prams fit in the back, if 3 car seats can fit in the 2nd row...

.... the split of the 2rd row - ie. 40/60, 60/40 or 33/33/33 and the split of the 3rd row!

Or have I asked too much!

#43 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:01 AM


#44 BugMama

Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:32 PM

I will certainly be watching this thread and also hope it becomes a sticky. DH and I will be TTC very soon and all I have is a small 5 seater hatch. hands.gif for a sticky thread!

I would also, as someone else has mentioned, if possible like for there to be mentions of possible cheaper options without compromising safety. We basically have my car for trade in which is worth only a small amount and whatever we can save in the meantime.

Thank you so much for the brilliant advice left by so many of you original.gif

#45 Mama_K

Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:26 PM

Thanks for the great info, we've decided on an older tarago after reading through a lot of threads in here. I'm picking it up on monday ddance.gif

Edited by Ella~mama, 12 February 2009 - 01:26 PM.

#46 twilightangel

Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:19 PM

Hi everyone, just thought I'd let you know some info about my car.

I own a 7 seater Ford Territory.

They have five anchor points. The two back seats, the anchors are on the floor and you need the anchor bolt. The three middle seats have them built into the back of the seat.

The only downfall with this car that I find is that the back row of seats do not split which can be annoying at times and boot space when the seven seats are up.

I have a twin pram ( one in front of the other ) and once that is in the boot there is not much room left for anything else.

Otherwise thy are lovely to drive and I'll be sad  cry1.gif to see the day when I trade mine in for a larger car, hopefully a chevy suburban.  original.gif

#47 mamakitten

Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:38 PM

So I was looking up cars from the list on the front page of this thread for when I buy a car later in the year by copying the names into google. Most of the times it came up with the car makers site so it had lots of information/pictures but for the El Grand it came up with a car sales site. I checked out the a few of the cars to get a better look at it because it looked funny  laughing2.gif Anyway while looking at them I came across this car and thought I would share  original.gif


For the hoons with kids..it comes with full body kit and sports suspension. My DP says it is for hoons that are in denial about having kids. I was just sitting there thinking why on earth would you put a body kit on it?

#48 6lilhillbillies

Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:32 PM

Just reading through this and thought I'd mention the feature I love most about my Kia Grand Carnival. Electric doors! The pure bliss of having arms full of baby and bags and being able to press a button and have the back doors slide open biggrin.gif

No worries about kids opening doors onto other cars...

By the time I have even reached the car (and yes I do follow my kids closely through car parks Tounge1.gif ) the kids have all disappeared inside, as the remote control works from some distance away.

When I hop in the car and realise that the kids have forgotten to close a door, press the button on the control panel and the door closes....

Not a necessity by any means - but a very very nice luxury Tounge1.gif

But the stupid lap belt in the rear middle is so very annoying. I was told it was so they could have the seats fold flat into the floor but surely they could have worked something out? I'm suprised it is still even legal. The middle of the middle row also has a lap belt as PP have mentioned but it also has an anchor point so we use a H harness.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get lapsash belts fitted, or an anchor point on the middle of the back seat?????

Edited by catbat, 15 May 2009 - 03:33 PM.

#49 Tana6

Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:50 AM

Hi Ladies

I have 5 kids and a kia carnival 2004.  It's really not big enough for us.  It is 7 seats and we only just fit.  Shopping with a pram is a bit squishy.  My kids have friends over nearly every weekend and we take cousins as well often.  We can only fit them in if we leave someone at home or take two cars.  Not very practical.  

I would like at least an 8 seater so am looking at the Hyundai Imax.  Ultimately though i would love a 9 or 10 seater.  They make Hyundai's in 9/10/11/12 seats in korea but do not release them in Australia.  They are the same size/same car.  Annoying.  But..... i saw a caravelle 8 seater for sale on car sales a couple of years ago with 2 d*cky seats in the boot that face each other making it a 10 seater.  It would just be handy for extras to have those seats.  

Has anyone done anything like this or know about it??
Also.... what do you all feel about having extra seats for friends.  Is it extravagant?

Thank you

#50 Reneej

Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:16 PM

Hi All , Just wanted to add a car we just bought a 04 Toyota Prado and it has eight seats all with lap sash belts , 3 anchor's all  in the Middle row

I love the car heaps of room  but I leave one of the rear seats folded up for now so still have a bigger boot but there is still enough room even with it folded down.

We needed a 4x4 so prado it was original.gif

Cheers Renee

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