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#3085 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [qbrozen]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 15, 2013 (10:25 am)
I, too was surprised that a leasing company would let someone take the car out of Hawaii. Perhaps they didn't know about it?
#3086 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [qbrozen]
Jan 15, 2013 (3:03 pm)
But, putting that aside, have you actually tried a babyseat in the back of the Q5? Because, according to the specs, the backseats of both an '08-'12 Accord and a Q5 are nearly identical. I don't know what year your accord is. Even an '03-'07 Accord gives up only a half inch rear legroom to the Q5.
I was surprised about that too. An Accord is not a tiny car. One car seat for a 1 year old shouldn't be the only reason to trade in.
But it's not my money, so more power to the OP.
#3087 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [verdugo]
Jan 15, 2013 (11:03 pm)
Thanks for the information. We haven't actually tried a carseat in the Q5 yet, we're planning to stop by the dealership this weekend to try it out. Again, we're only starting the process of looking so we're not dead set on the Q5. I posted my question mostly because of my inexperience with leases.
That said, I think we're having more issues with the Accord due to 1. height and 2. width
1. We have a Britax Marathon in the center of the backseats right now. Getting our 1 year old in and out is killing our backs because of the lower height of the Accord. We have to stoop pretty far down to put him inside. Once inside, we have to pick him up again to get him over the side of the carseat into the carseat itself. Because the Accord cabin height is lower, he sort of bangs his head during this maneuver.
2. Sometimes my wife sits in the back when the baby is having one of his meltdowns while driving (screaming at the top of his lungs for the duration of the drive). He typically calms down when she sits back there. This isn't all the time, but when she is sitting in the back, with the Marathon carseat in the middle, there's literally no room for her. Her inside arm ends up resting on the carseat edge and it's almost like an economy class airline seat.
3. We're planning on having baby #2 in the near future, so we're starting the car shopping process now.
Again, thanks very very much for your information, greatly appreciated.
#3088 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [ps004ynos]
Jan 16, 2013 (2:02 pm)
IIRC, from our recent looking, the Q5 was not all that roomy. I would say if yo uare planning on kid 2 soon, so 2 car seats, get something a bit roomier. Maybe MDX sized?
#3089 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [stickguy]
Jan 16, 2013 (4:38 pm)
I happened to drive behind an MDX today and the width did look roomier, at least from the outside. We already planned to test drive one soon. My wife's only concern is she has never driven an SUV before (this would be her primary vehicle) so hopefully maneuvering one isn't too challenging for her.
We'll probably look at the CR-V, Highlander, and Prius V as well. I have my doubts about the Prius V though, probably too small?
#3090 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [ps004ynos]
Jan 16, 2013 (4:42 pm)
Prius and CRV both too small.
Maybe the new Cmax hybrid? I have no idea how wide it is, but if its like the mazda5, its pretty roomy. At least easy to get kids in and out of. Too bad they don't have the sliding doors.
#3091 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [ps004ynos]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 16, 2013 (4:44 pm)
Once you drive a Q5, X3, etc.. It will be hard to step back to the CR-V or RAV4. None of those models are large or hard to maneuver. Most women love the higher seating position. I know my wife does.
#3093 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [ps004ynos]
Jan 16, 2013 (8:45 pm)
Have you thought about a minivan??
I know, I know - who wants to drive a minivan? Nobody - at first. But once you live with one for a while and haul kids around, go on vacation with them, et al, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
We've had an Odyssey for 12 years now and although it's relegated to 3rd car status, it still gets used due to its superior ability to comfortably haul people and gear.
#3094 of 3217 Re: Buying a Used car that was a multiple short term lease vehicle [robr2]
Jan 16, 2013 (9:30 pm)
agreed about the van. We got our first when we had our 2nd kid, and only got out of a van a few months ago, when the Baby was turning 17 and could drive herself around!