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#85 of 149 Re: for what it's worth [nelsoncm]
Dec 04, 2005 (9:07 pm)
I think you need to reevaluate the Chrysler/Dodge minivans. Their quality has gone way up in the last several years. There is very little complaints on the 2002-2006 models. Even the 2001 has been pretty good. With the stow-n-go seats or just having a bench seat and having those two large storage bins, make it a great family van. You can load them down with toys, diaper bag or what ever and still keep your van neat and clean. Plus it still carries the extended engine and power train warrantee. It's a perfect van for a family with kids.
#86 of 149 Anybody consider safety?
Dec 06, 2005 (6:23 am)
Both the current Odyssey and Sienna earn Good ratings in the frontal offset and side impact tests from the IIHS. Both have standard side airbags for the 2006 model year.
The Chrysler vans score only an Acceptable in the frontal test and haven't yet been tested in the side.
#87 of 149 Re: for what it's worth [nelsoncm]
Dec 12, 2005 (5:10 pm)
Also consider resale/residual value. The Japanese cars are a more practical buy if you think you'll keep your car for a while. But if you want a Pacifica, don't let one dodo from Chrysler turn you off. The car is really pretty awesome in terms of its spaciousness and amenities. You'll outgrow it a lot less quickly than you would a Highlander, though the Pilot is somewhat more roomy.
#88 of 149 What do you think of the new cars?
Jan 10, 2006 (11:50 am)
If you've seen any of the Los Angeles or Detroit Auto Show coverage, you've seen a lot of interesting new cars that appeal to families. The new Dodge Durango, the first Audi SUV, new cars from Jeep, Lincoln, and more. CUV -- Crossover Utility Vehicle -- is the watchword this year. Anybody have opinions?
Jan 31, 2006 (8:22 am)
I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem .. I have a 2003 Mustang gt.. I cannot find a rear facing infant seat that will fit in the car allowing the driver and passenger to be in the car also.. If anyone has found a seat that fits please post it model # brand and all... The car has all the locking things for all different kinds of car seats. I have even called ford motor company.. We do have another car and suv but the mustang is more fun and gets great gas mileage!!
#90 of 149 Re: Infant seat... [mustangmommy]
Feb 02, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Mustangmommy,were you able to find anything? This raises concerns for me. My husband really has his heart set on getting a 2006 Mustang, but we are planning for a baby within the year and as much as I'd love a mustang, I want something more Mommy friendly. --darn nesting instincts!! Have you found it to be terribly impractical?
#93 of 149 Re: Infant seat... [mustangmommy]
Mar 03, 2006 (2:27 pm)
I don't care what they say, the Mustang is not a family car. Let it be your husband's car if necessary, but you'll get pretty frustrated after a while if this is your main mode of family transport. Those back seats are mighty tight and it won't be easy to strap a baby into a car seat -- let alone a thrashing toddler. Let us know what you decide!
#94 of 149 Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??!
Mar 15, 2006 (10:49 am)
I have been looking through the boards and at automakers websites, and I just can't seem to find anything that has the capacity for 7 - don't need it all the time so smaller rear/stow away seats are fine! - with THREE of those seats being in the middle (i.e. a bench with shoulder harnesses -a must!) that at least lists under 25K.
Am I being delusional to think that there is one or does such a beast just not exist??
The trend seems to be bucket/captains in the middle which does NOT work for me
Thank you, thank you, thank you for any help. This has really been driving me nuts!