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      Today, 07:06 AM   #45
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I have 3. 10, 8 and 6. We looked around a bit before our third and did not want a minivan. Honda Pilot did it for us. Space for three car seats wide in the second row was the main selling point. We are now on our third pilot and have my F80. I will say that the Honda minivan has better creature comforts(large screen for movies, etc) but we have been happy so far with the Pilot. You can go bigger but for the money and the residual on the lease with the fully loaded version we have been happy. I have been in the same monthly payment for the past 8 years with three different fully loaded pilots. Wife ultimately wants a suburban but that's for running the kids and their friends around. Btw once you get out of rear facing seats things get better. We have actually taken the f80 on a couple road trips and all three have been good in the back seat.
thanks...btw way you having 4 kids and your alias just left a different impression with me.
Haha. Just to clarify I only have 3 kids. And the alias is a misspelling of the first part of my last name. Basically my nickname at college - unrelated to any sort of activity...🙂
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i had a glk350 and couldnt do much as a family once number 2 got here. x5 did the trick with 2 kids but the bench is too small to fit all the car seats.
I'm looking at GLK's. What are/were your likes/dislikes?
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When we had 3 boys of sports age, we had 2 Caravans. I was so happy when the older 2 got their own cars and we went back to a sedan.

Recently, the wife was saying she wanted something like an x5. Why? So we can haul more people and stuff. Still not taking her to look at X5s . . .
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i had a glk350 and couldnt do much as a family once number 2 got here. x5 did the trick with 2 kids but the bench is too small to fit all the car seats.
I'm looking at GLK's. What are/were your likes/dislikes?
with our first born the stroller took over thw entire trunk. you had to pack groceries around it.

also with the rear facing seat you had to put in the middle if you wanted some leg room.

with a newborn they take up much more space than older kids.
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We have three (boys 10 and 6) and my daughter is 4. Both boys play Lacrosse and Baseball. We hike a lot. Bike, etc. Got an f15 x5 with the third row and it works well for us. I'm eyeing a jeep gladiator to take over the weekend duties and to help with splitting kids evens (and to take the doors off) so my 335 can live a quiet retirement.
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with our first born the stroller took over thw entire trunk. you had to pack groceries around it.

also with the rear facing seat you had to put in the middle if you wanted some leg room.

with a newborn they take up much more space than older kids.
Sorry, I should have clarified. My kids are now 19 & 20 and no longer live with me. I'm currently driving an '08 E93 and I'm 42. Getting in and out of the car plus hauling stuff is getting cramped. I meant more along the lines of reliability, comfort, ride, etc.
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with our first born the stroller took over thw entire trunk. you had to pack groceries around it.

also with the rear facing seat you had to put in the middle if you wanted some leg room.

with a newborn they take up much more space than older kids.
Sorry, I should have clarified. My kids are now 19 & 20 and no longer live with me. I'm currently driving an '08 E93 and I'm 42. Getting in and out of the car plus hauling stuff is getting cramped. I meant more along the lines of reliability, comfort, ride, etc.
i gotcha,

i think 4 adults in a glk is a stretch and the 350 i had didnt make enough power but i also prefer a sportier ride so that is all preference
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i gotcha,

i think 4 adults in a glk is a stretch and the 350 i had didnt make enough power but i also prefer a sportier ride so that is all preference
Gotcha, appreciate the input. It would only be me and the girlfriend in it and not looking to get on it too much. Just at an age where I want something a little bigger but not massive there isn't much out there that impresses me at the $20-25k range.
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I currently have 2 kids and a Q5. Third on the way, and we are shopping for a size up when lease is up. We also are not down with the minivan. The SUV for now is the nicer of our 2 cars, and we still want something decent to roll out on date night with. Planning to get a price on a Q7 just b/c loyalty pricing, but I don't see spending that much on an SUV. Out of all 3rd row SUV's, i'm 90% going with the MDX. Most likely with 2nd row captains chairs b/c I don't even know if you can get 3rd row access with 2 car seats in the 2nd row. Besides it will be better for trips so he's not trapped back there for hours if he needs something. So oldest kid in one of the 3rd row seats, and the other will basically stay folded down to help with storage space.
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i gotcha,

i think 4 adults in a glk is a stretch and the 350 i had didnt make enough power but i also prefer a sportier ride so that is all preference
Gotcha, appreciate the input. It would only be me and the girlfriend in it and not looking to get on it too much. Just at an age where I want something a little bigger but not massive there isn't much out there that impresses me at the $20-25k range.
if that is the case then it is great car.
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I have three kids and did the crew cab pickup thing. My Tundra was fantastic with three car seats, and cargo was never an issue with the bed. My wife had a Rav4 back then, which was not good for three car seats, to no one's surprise. One day she got rear ended in the Rav4. The insurance company gave us a new Sienna as a rental car while the Rav4 was being repaired, and it was so much better for us in every way.

I won't go on about what made it a better family vehicle than the truck, as you've already decided against a minivan, but it is better. The truck was great too, but in terms of everyone's comfort and sanity it falls short of the vehicle built to specifically do that job. We were anti-minivan until we had one for a week.

In your situation a truck would probably work just fine. A full-size SUV would work too. My household vehicle situation is a Sienna, my E90, and a beater F150 for doing truck stuff in. No regrets.
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What's full size SUV though? To me there's the 3-row option MDX/Q7/X5 etc then there's the Escalade, Yukon, Expedition ... .BIIIIIIG fuck off 7 and 8 seaters.
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