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#29 of 38 2001 ranger ext. cab with child seat fits fine
Oct 12, 2001 (10:46 pm)
if its the 60/40 split bench up front. which most are anymore. on my 2001 ext cab 4x4 auto, i have my two year old daughter's child seat in the middle seat area, with the passenger's airbag turned off just for safety. the ranger DOES have two anchor tie down points on the back of the middle and passenger seats. once the car seat is situated in the middle, you can have someone put their knee in it for more weight (or you can do it yourself), and then pull the middle lap belt so tight that the seat is absolutely not moving. it will not budge at all. very secure. but the rear jumps are no place for any toddler in a seat. especially in the tin can tacoma, with or without the recommendations from toyota. only full-size ext. cab trucks are ok for the kids in the rear. why dont you buy a crew cab? im selling my ranger next january to buy a new nissan crew cab 4x4 xe. one can be bought for around $22500 cash, and probably lower if you dicker. the frontier has received five stars for front impacts. toyota's are way overpriced and old fashioned (dates back to '95). all the nissan may need are larger tires. either way though, the ranger, at least my 2001 is suited for two toddler hook up points. it is a little tight with a seat in the middle, but totally not bad. they do tend to kick the dash if mad enough and legs long enough. sorry so long, but i have experiened what you are asking. hope it helps. regards
Nov 19, 2001 (7:07 am)
I have two car seats in my Dakota CC. Booster seat fits ok in the back as does my forward facing baby seat. The rear facing baby seat did not fit. (It might of fit with the front seat all the way forward, never tried though). This would not be my choice for primary transportation, but works fine for the occassional trip.
#31 of 38 Infant Seat 1995 Dakota Club Cab
Dec 16, 2001 (7:40 pm)
I have the front bench seat in my club cab. The baby is due in April. I don't believe my Dakota has any of the (anchor) tie downs. Will I be able to place a rear facing infant seat in the rear? If I have to move a seat forward, am I able to get this rear-facing infant seat behind the passenger seat, or does it have to go in the middle position of the rear bench? The arm rest is attached to the driver's seat, so I would rather move the passenger seat forward. What brand of infant seats work best in the Dakota? The Dakota will not be the primary transportation, but will be used on camping trips, since it pulls our travel trailer.
#32 of 38 RE: Infant Seat 1995 Dakota Club Cab
Dec 19, 2001 (10:50 am)
I have a 95 Dodge Dakota Club Cab with the front buckets... and a rear facing infant seat does fit in the middle in the rear. I don't know if it's going to fit in yours with a front bench unless the middle part of your front seat folds down like in the newer Dakotas. The side seatbelts in the rear seat in mine would need the "e" clip (comes with most car seats) to hold the seat in place tightly. Whereas the middle belt is a friction lap belt and holds it in well on it's own.
There isn't a tether connection point in my truck and I doubt if yours has it either. You'll have to decide if you are comfortable with how well the seat fits in the truck. The infant seat we had was one where the base could stay in the car and the actual seat part clicked into the base, so getting the wee-one in and out of the truck wasn't too tough. And the middle belt always held the infant seat tightly.
We now have a babyseat (toddler seat) in it (2 year old) Again, in the middle in the rear. If I were you, I'd do some research on car seats, buy a good one from someplace like Wal-Mart, and if it doesn't fit well, take it back. Do this soon, though. I've had three different brands (graco and the like) and they all fit. But the really expensive seats are sometimes really bulky. They might not fit too well.
#33 of 38 Thank you for the advice
Dec 19, 2001 (8:05 pm)
My Dakota has the bench seat with the center arm rest that does fold down, or you can leave it up for three across. The arm rest portion slides with the driver's seat. I assume that is what you mentioned with the new Dakota's?
I would assume my arm rest and your center console between the buckets are the same height when my arm rest is folded down, so it should work the same. My arm rest might protrude into the back seat a little further than the console, but the gap between the seats should be the same. Someone said that I can take my truck to Baby's are Us and they will let me test them in the parking lot.
#34 of 38 what about those quad/four door
Dec 21, 2001 (11:06 am)
compact trucks for Toyota Tacoma or Dodge Dakota? They sound like they'd be a good compromise for child safety seats without have to go through the expense of buying a full size pick up. Just a thought.
Dec 26, 2001 (8:37 am)
The little Four Door trucks (Dakota/Tayota) are going to be about the same price as a full size extended cab (Dodge or Ford). But they would fit a car seat a LOT better than any smaller (ranger/dakota/tacoma/etc) extended cab trucks. But then you lose a lot of bed length/size. For me, I need to get a motorcycle in the back and any shorter bed and it simply won't fit. The new-ish Nissan four door long bed truck would work, but it certainly doesn't have much power and the mileage is almost as bad as a full size. Price is less than the Dakota or Tacoma in most areas, I believe.
My next truck will probably be a full size extended cab. The Ford and Dodge and Chevy all are big enough in the back for my purposes. Not the Toyota Tundra extended cab, though. That's about the same as my Dakota.
Dec 27, 2001 (7:27 am)
are you sure about the price of those four door compact picks vs full size extended pick-ups? From what I remember when looking at the prices back in May 2000, the full sizes (4x4's) were running 30K+ whereas the four door compact (4x4's) were around 25K. That 5K+ discrepancy might make a difference. I thought the demographics for people who bought compacts were different than those buying full size pick ups. Meaning that most compact truck buyers are not looking at hauling cargo as a priority. But if hauling cargo and kids, then without doubt a full size extend cab pick up is the way to go.
#37 of 38 4x4 with child seat
Dec 28, 2001 (4:49 pm)
When we found out that we were to have another child, we quickly found out that our 2000 Nissan Desert Runner ext cab would not work out. As it was, we had to put our 3 yr old in the front and my wife did not enjoy the ride in the back jump seats, naturally.
I had to make the same decision quickly and found the Chevy S10 Crew Cab. It has great space compared to Nissan, Ford, etc....only Toyota compared but I couldn't afford the Toy.
The Chev cost $21,000 new as a leftover 2001.
The ride is great and my wife likes the interior and the space for our toddler, our dog (a large boxer), and plenty of space for the new car seat for the new born.
Toyota has a very nice truck but the price was $3000 more...maybe worth it but.....
New Nissan crew cab 2001 was dissappointing dispite the reports. Less actual space, less engine, etc.
I recommend a little truck as an alternative for those who don't really need the full size (Silverados, Rams, and Tundras are very nice). A friend has a full size Chevy EXt. Cab (97) and the car seat would fit and is legal, but is 1/2 off the seat. I feel more comfortable with the little truck with the full back seat of the crew cab.
#38 of 38 Ext cab Tacoma not that bad
Jan 14, 2002 (1:43 pm)
I have a '99 Toyota Tacoma Ext Cab 4x4. When our daughter was born last year I had to see how feasible it was to put a child seat back there.
No, it's not great, but doable. Her rear facing infant seat fit Ok back there, but you had to push the passenger seat up pretty far. My wife could still sit in the passenger seat, but her knees were touching the dash. When I would ride alone with the infant seat, I'd just push the seat up as far as I needed. Yes, she was in a bit of a "hole" back there, but it was usually just for short trips home from Day-care. She normally rides in my wife's Suzuki XL-7 (plenty of room)
When she reached 20 lbs we switched her to a forward facing seat and it fits great in the rear of my Taco. You can slide the passenger seat back to where it normally engages, which is a bit more forward than all the way back, but leaves plenty of room for the passenger. I leave it installed all the time and I hardly notice it's back there. She sits up nice and high and can see out the side windows fine. It's also easier to turn around and hand her something (like a binky!)
I'd like to point out that Toyota did a good job of preparing the rear for a child seat, (as best they could). There is a heavy plastic tray that flips out from the floor that gives you a larger surface to put the seat on. There are also 3 point belts back there with the auto locking thing when you pull the belts all the way out.
By comparison, I put her seat in her aunt's new Jeep Grand Cherokee and I was afraid for her life. The seat belts did not have the locking mechanism (I though this was standard equip these days!) and it sat horribly uneven on the leather seats. The swing up bar that pulls down over the child couldn't raise up with out hitting the side window. Yuck, I couldn't imagine using that as a daily child carrier, the seat was loose and I couldn't tighten it up enough. The seat is much more secure in my Taco.
To sum it all up, rear facing infant seat, Ok, but not too good for daily use, would be a problem if you also had to have a regular passenger up front. Forward facing seat for larger kids fits fine and I would have no problem using as a daily thing, even with a passenger. Sorry for the long post, but I though some folks were being a bit harsh on the Taco about this.