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Old 08-01-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Can a vert be for a family?

Just found out my wife pregnant with our second kid. We already have a 5year old & just wanted to know if anyone has a vert & two kids & also can you fit a buggy in the boot?

Or it time for me to sell & get a E39?


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Old 08-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Re: Can a vert be for a family?

thats a negative. u cant even fit a baby seat in the back

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Old 08-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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Can a vert be for a family?

The seats ain't a big problem. I have 1 in there now for the 5 year old & it has the ISOfix point for a baby seat. The 2 doors will be a pain tho.


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Old 08-01-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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I have a 7yr old and a 2yr old and yes it is a bit of a problem at times living with a vert but im willing to put up with it, and that's the real question here! do you love your vert enough....... we manage to do all the things we all do! but sometimes its a bit of a squeeze ie buggy and a weeks shopping in the boot! but we do manage, there are far more pro's than con's.
there are a few buggies that'll fit in the boot, we had a travel system at first (silver cross) which went in the boot ok but didn't leave much room for anything else but when Jack was 3 mths old we went for a buggy which gave us a lot more room, my advice is give it a go if it don't work out then go for the E39 hth
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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Thanks least I know it can be done


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Old 08-01-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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Well, it aint the baby, it is all the crap that goes along with them! I had a nice Mustang once upon a time, but had to sell it when we had our first kid. There was just no room for the kid, stroller, portable crib, diaper bag, etc, etc, etc! I love my son, but I sure do miss that car!

Face it dude, you are headed towards driving one of these! Not to bad when you add some awesome flames on the side.

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Old 08-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Can a vert be for a family?

Lol no if it has to go I'd get a e39 I left bmw when we had our first baby but it didn't last long. Love the BM's too much lol


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Old 08-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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Verts can definitely be for a family, if that's not your only car. Wife and 2 pre-teens fit fine in mine... and you can have a few (def a FEW) small things in the trunk. (I think it will get tight if they keep growing too much. ) It helps to have an SUV for the other car for real trips, hauling, people moving, etc. If it's your only car, the answer is likely no. Like someone else said, it's the room you need for all the stuff, not so much the people.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Can a vert be for a family?

Our '04 330Ci Vert works well for our family even though our son is 5'2" at 9 years old!

Of course it does help we have a Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited for all those long trips.


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Old 08-02-2013, 10:33 AM   #11
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I don't think it could be an only car, but as long as you have something bigger for when you need it the vert should work fine once in a while in a pinch.

My wife drives the vert and I have a Mega Cab Dodge truck. If we need space we can get six adults and all sorts of crap in the truck. If we don't need the space we take the vert. I did put a hitch on the vert so I can take my bike on trips with the wife, works great.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:39 PM   #12
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It's the only car as the wife still ain't passed her test


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Old 08-02-2013, 03:19 PM   #13
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why don't you wait and find out. i doubt it'll work as the only car

reminder to myself, don't get involved with a girl that can't drive
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #14
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Lol may be it will be 3rd time lucky for her & she will pass


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Old 08-21-2013, 08:39 PM   #15
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Pre-kid I drove a Miata; the E46 'vert was the upgrade to a family car. Now we drive most everywhere, even on trips from SF to LA with the wife, 8 yr old kid, luggage and dog--and it's still more comfortable and way more fun than our station wagon that we use for hauling bigger/longer loads around town. Definitely worth trying to make it work

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:29 AM   #16
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I recently purchased the e46 vert as a summer "family" car, to replace my Boxster. My kids, age 5 and 3, can fit pretty comfortably in the back.

I did run into challenges trying to find a harnessed child seat that actually fit into the rear buckets - the "butt area" is narrow, and the seat back angle is too steep, as is the rake of the headrest. I ended up buying the one that fit best, but the fit still isn't as good as I would like it to have been - the back of the baby seat doesn't make contact along the full height of the seat back, but it does fit deeply into the bottom bucket. I know that in the US you guys have some options that we don't, I've heard that some of the Recaro seats are designed to fit the more upright & deep bucket rear seats of sports cars.

The only other real issue is that with the top up, there isn't a lot of window for them so it is easier to get car sick. But with the top up, there is quite a bit more buffeting in the back seat, so I would say that it would be pretty unpleasant for a longer high-speed drive.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:55 PM   #17
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Pre-kid I drove a Miata; the E46 'vert was the upgrade to a family car. Now we drive most everywhere, even on trips from SF to LA with the wife, 8 yr old kid, luggage and dog--and it's still more comfortable and way more fun than our station wagon that we use for hauling bigger/longer loads around town. Definitely worth trying to make it work
Same with me. Traded the my nc miata for my '04 before we had our son. Took him out last weekend for the first time (my wife rode with him in the back). He loved it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:09 PM   #18
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I should also add that the Missus has an XC90, which does most of the baby (and associated baby stuff) hauling. But we'd taken mine on a few two day trips with my son and have been fine. I think having a miata teaches one how to travel "light".
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:45 AM   #19
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I have the convertible and i have twins, 19 months old.

The seats do fit and it is actually easy to put the kids in the back seat (with the roof down!)

I dont have an issue with it, the kids actually love driving with the roof down.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #20
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I wouldn't as an only car, expecially if you want to take a trip and need luggage space.
That said, I fit 2 carseats on the back seat with no problem.

IMHO, unless you drive with the seat close to the steering wheel, anyone in the back seat over 5 ft tall or so would need leg removal to fit even somewhat comfortably
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