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is an outback big enough to fit 3 carseats?
Posted 27 May 2004 - 05:07 PM
Posted 27 May 2004 - 06:30 PM
Posted 28 May 2004 - 10:23 AM
Posted 22 July 2004 - 12:51 PM
Posted 22 July 2004 - 03:52 PM
Those are hooks for tether straps. I know that there are 3 positions in my 97 OB. It's not for putting a seat in the back. They are there so that you can anchor a tether strap (from a car seat in the back seat) to any of the three (left, center, right) car seat positions.
I dont have any kids so Ive never really looked into this. but when the dealer was giving me the run down of my outback, he said there is a 3rd car seat hook up thing in the back. Now I dont know how I would feel about having a child ride in the trunk, and i dont see how the DOT would allow that. But thats what the guy said. check your owners manual.
I hear what Strakes is saying about the size of the car seats. I had nice trim ones for my 2 kids. I could have fit 3 across in my 97 OB, albeit probably a bit snug. The bulky ones that I see now, probably not. If you use reasonably sized seats, I think you'd be fine until they a couple of years old anyway.
Posted 22 July 2004 - 11:48 PM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 05:14 AM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:13 AM
We got along nicely with an Outback, two kids, and a Yakima Rocketbox for trips. But with three, it's a tough reach to into the middle position. That's why we now have one Dodge Caravan and one Outback, instead of two Outbacks....
The car seat tethers now standard were optional in older Outbacks in the US but standard in Canada. You had to go to the dealer and buy the Canadian tether package. The '05 probably has the LATCH system for securing the seats, very much more convenient and secure.
The European car seat market is completely different than the US, because European cars are typically much smaller, and Europeans are typically smaller than North Americans. On the flip side, twins tend to be on the small side for their age group for the first 3-4 years. Dorel Industries (they own the Cosco & Safety First brands) sells Bebe Comfort, Maxi-Cosi, and other brands with completely diferent designs in Europe.
We bought a Caravan (short wheelbase, not Grand) Sport with Captain's chairs. We put two of the kids outboard in the back seat, one in one of the middle row seats (that way they can't reach each other), and removed the other one. This gives us room to get in and walk around as well as extra storage space. The Mazda MPV is a nice-driving smaller minivan. All of the big minivans have pros and cons, with the Toyota and Honda being the nicest, and also having street prices substantially higher than the Dodge Chrysler models. Fords have been plaqued with mechanical problems. The Chyrslers mostly have tranmission problems but now come with a 70 or 80K powertrain warranty.
You can also buy a gigantic SUV, but along with eating a lot of gas and having to hike to the third seat, you won't be fooling anybody!
Minivans are incredibly well evolved designs for people moving along with getting 20-24 mpg on the highway.
Posted 23 July 2004 - 07:51 AM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 09:59 AM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 11:55 AM
I'll have to go with the others here.. don't buy the big fluffy wide seats.
And thank you for not adding another minivan to the Salt Lake Valley.
Posted 23 July 2004 - 03:28 PM
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