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#1 Marley&Me

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

We've been looking at buying a brand new Captiva SX. They are around $30 000 at the moment. Finances are tight and I came across a second hand 2007 LX model today for $13990 (car yard). I thought maybe we could start with something like this and in a few years upgrade to a new one when DH's finished studying as we need 7 seats in the next few months.

I've heard bad things about the older model Captiva's. Has anyone had experience with a model similar age or any thoughts?

Would you do it?

TIA

Edited by Marley&Me, 01 February 2013 - 08:41 AM.


#2 Bear Grylls

Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

We have a 2009 series 1 Captiva.  The car is good to drive, comfortable for long trips, has an ok amount of boot space and is reasonably fuel efficient, BUT we have had no end of trouble with it mechanically.
We bought t a five year extended warranty  and it has already paid for itself at least  ten times over. So far we have had the following work done:  
Radio replaced
Navigation system replaced
On-board computer system rebuilt twice
One rear wheel speed sensor rebuilt and another replaced
New engine
Rear door lifters replaced
Rear wheel alignment pins put in, but the rear wheels won't align properly so we have had three sets of tyres in 3.5 years

Our car is a city and bitumen road car. It never gets driven off road.

There have been other more minor issues that I can't remember off the top of my head.

Our car is probably just an unfortunate dud, but it has really turned me off Holdens in general. I don't think I'd ever buy another one (Captivas in particular) which is unfortunate because I have owned three others and they were great.

ETA: If you do decide to buy it, make sure you have the rear wheel alignment pins fitted. It is impossible to align the wheels correctly without them, but Holden won't tell you that. They cost approx $150. Unfortunately, they haven't worked for us, but they have significantly slowed the wear on the tyres. We are currently having the problem investigated...again!

Edited by Bear Grylls, 01 February 2013 - 05:46 PM.


#3 Mummy fab

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

We have a 2007 lx and love it, we have the 7 seater. We have had no issues except for replacing an air con part was quite costly all up about $700 with re-gas but no other issues.

Ours had t do e alot of kms and we paid $21,000 about 12 months ago. So $14,000 is a bloody bargain!

#4 dynamitee

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

wow Bear Grylls, I'd be crying.  I've got a 2006 Kluger which hasn't been serviced for about a year and a half (will get round to it soon) and in the three years we've had it, not one problem.



#5 Gumbette

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

Bear Grylls - It might be easier for you to list what hasn't gone wrong with it - a new engine after 3.5 years????? huh.gif I think I would cry, you have the patience of Job.

#6 JKTMum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

We have a 2007 LX Diesel, seven seater, bought 2nd hand about 2 - 3 years ago now. Honestly I would never go for another one, we have had several very expensive repairs and for awhile it was off the road several times for up to a week at a time. After we bought it we heard the term Craptiva for the first time (we should have done a little more research, but DH had recently had an accident in our Subaru (which was an awesome car eventhough it was 12 years old) and had written it off, so we needed something to replace it which we could afford).

Scariest thing we had was that it would just cut out and then refuse to restart for up to 30 minutes. Three times it did this while we were driving along, once I was going around a fairly quiet round-a-bout in a suburban street near our house, the other two times we were travelling at about 80kms down two lane country roads. Fortunately it never happened on a multi lane freeway as when it did happen it just totally cut out, no power steering, nothing. We were able to roll it to a stop on the edge each time, and nothing was travelling too close behind as we would have been rear ended. After much stuffing around through the Holden dealership (it was previously a Holden fleet car) I found some other reports on the internet of similar issues which suggested the fuel pump. This particular car has two fuel pumps so they replaced one and fortunately it was the right one (they werent 100% certain which one was causing the issue eventhough we had it towed there when it happened the first time). We have also had lots of trouble with the electrics, the back wiper is tempremental and sometimes doesnt work, the globes in the brake and tail lights blow very regularly. Very few things have been covered under the extended warranty and the servicing costs are huge. We called out RACV more times in the first year we had it than we had for any of our previous cars put together (and got towed more than once). Oh and yes the wheel alignment problem is well known with Captivas, ours even went out between being serviced once and three weeks later the car breaking down (they checked it again when they were doing the once over and it was out again).

We plan on getting rid of it in the coming year once the extended warranty is up, we are going for a Kluger next time.

#7 Bear Grylls

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Snap JKTmum we are thinking of getting a Kluger too! We have also had trouble the diesel fuel filter and tail lights-I'd forgotten those.

We also have weird things happen such as when you switch from one screen to another on the on-board computer, the radio cuts out and the volume on the navigation system regularly reverses itself ie when you turn it up, it goes down!

We were on holiday when the engine died. Luckily we have awesome friends who carted us around and awesome car insurance that sorted EVERYTHING out including towing, hire car, extra accommodation etc. all for free!

We have had our wheels aligned about six times since July! It would almost be cheaper to put new tyres on every year.

Stupid Craptiva!

Edited by Bear Grylls, 01 February 2013 - 07:53 PM.


#8 Ice Queen

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

They are nicknamed Craptivas for a reason.

#9 Marley&Me

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Thanks everyone so much for taking the time to reply original.gif

QUOTE (Bear Grylls @ 01/02/2013, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a 2009 series 1 Captiva.  The car is good to drive, comfortable for long trips, has an ok amount of boot space and is reasonably fuel efficient, BUT we have had no end of trouble with it mechanically.
We bought t a five year extended warranty  and it has already paid for itself at least  ten times over.


Thanks so much for your post and taking the time to reply! I had heard the first series had a lot of issues and after reading reviews today, you're definitely not alone.

I have been on the phone regarding a brand new one today but am now hesitant. Would LOVE a Kluger but unfortunately it's out of our price range and I've heard expensive to run.....  It's such a big decision!


QUOTE (Mummy fab @ 01/02/2013, 07:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a 2007 lx and love it, we have the 7 seater. We have had no issues except for replacing an air con part was quite costly all up about $700 with re-gas but no other issues.

Ours had t do e alot of kms and we paid $21,000 about 12 months ago. So $14,000 is a bloody bargain!


This one has apparently done 80,000km so not sure how good that is for the year?!

You sound like you've been very lucky with yours which is great! Thanks for the positive feedback although I've decided to rethink and look at buying new. Unfortunately we would only be looking at the SX - the idea of an LX would be lovely!

QUOTE (Ehill @ 01/02/2013, 08:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are nicknamed Craptivas for a reason.


Lol! I have heard that term before which is definitely off putting in general, new or used!

I guess it seems like the luck of the draw....

#10 Marley&Me

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

QUOTE (JKTMum @ 01/02/2013, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
it would just cut out and then refuse to restart for up to 30 minutes. Three times it did this while we were driving along, once I was going around a fairly quiet round-a-bout in a suburban street near our house, the other two times we were travelling at about 80kms down two lane country roads. Fortunately it never happened on a multi lane freeway as when it did happen it just totally cut out, no power steering, nothing. We were able to roll it to a stop on the edge each time, and nothing was travelling too close behind as we would have been rear ended. After much stuffing around through the Holden dealership (it was previously a Holden fleet car) I found some other reports on the internet of similar issues which suggested the fuel pump. This particular car has two fuel pumps so they replaced one and fortunately it was the right one (they werent 100% certain which one was causing the issue eventhough we had it towed there when it happened the first time). We have also had lots of trouble with the electrics, the back wiper is tempremental and sometimes doesnt work, the globes in the brake and tail lights blow very regularly. Very few things have been covered under the extended warranty and the servicing costs are huge. We called out RACV more times in the first year we had it than we had for any of our previous cars put together (and got towed more than once). Oh and yes the wheel alignment problem is well known with Captivas, ours even went out between being serviced once and three weeks later the car breaking down (they checked it again when they were doing the once over and it was out again).

We plan on getting rid of it in the coming year once the extended warranty is up, we are going for a Kluger next time.

Thank you for your post! How incredibly scary and dangerous! You're very lucky there were no major accidents involved...

#11 JKTMum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

When I was doing the internet research I found a couple of reports of accidents where the car had done the exact same thing, one was on a multi lane freeway (think it was the Harbour Bridge) in Sydney and another car or truck travelling behind had slammed into the back of the Captiva which had just stalled suddenly while doing 100kms/hr. The driver behind had no warning and the Captiva driver could do nothing to get out of the way.

I actually refused to drive it once it did it the second time. Was too scary with my three kids in the car. DH took it out the 3rd time to do a run to the tip with the trailer (our other car didnt have a towbar) and that is when it happened the third time when he was on his way home. We returned it to the dealership and told them we werent taking it back until they had worked out the problem and fixed it. Took them over a week to finally admit that yes it might be the fuel pump (I had suggested that but they at first dismissed it).

#12 abismum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

I would steer clear of the captiva also.  We bought a 2008 CX diesel 7 seater brand new and when it was just under 3 years old with under 80 000km on the clock the engine died.  It was the rockers that failed and we had to have a full engine rebuild and they had it for 6 weeks.  It was under warranty but service was shocking and it was never fixed properly e.g. split hoses were reattached).  

There were many little problems - clock on the dash would dim when lights were on and other weird electrical issues, such as the indicators would sometimes be really loud and other days really quiet.  We also had many problems with the sensors - rear sensors played up to the point we had them disconnected.  The airbag sensors are under the passenger seat so if they were ever knocked the light would come on as a malfunction.   Holden told me I had to get my children to be more careful with where they put their feet!

I wanted to keep the car and kept hoping that it would be ok until a month ago when I had it serviced I was told I was up for a new diesel turbo pump and would be without the car for 1 - 2 weeks at a starting cost of $3500.  I was also told I was up for new shock absorbers for $1500ish.  I know shock absorbers go on cars, but the mechanics thought it was way too early and told me I would have to continue putting money into the car.  The next day I traded it for a brand new rav4 - so far so good.

Honestly the stress of worrying about what would go wrong on the car was not worth it.
Check the reviews - many people with the same issues as me, so I know I'm not the only one which is why I had to count my losses and get rid of it.  

Good luck on the car hunt!

#13 shelly1

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

I asked the same thing last week LOL

Most of the replies were that series 1 were petrol guzzlers - which is why there are so many with low kms cheap around.

We wanted a brand new diesel SX but none of the Holdens in Canberra had them nor would they order us one (they sold very quickly the first couple of days of the sale)

Captivas are actually just rebadged Daewoos so not technically a Holden

Have a look at the Dualis plus 2 - similar and the Nissan here was willing to do us a deal for $31,000 brand new

Now we have just given up for a while LOL - It is so bloody stressful finding a good car in our price range

#14 MARsmum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:51 PM

We were looking at buying a Captiva about 12 months ago as we needed a 7 seater on a low budget.  I had my heart set on one and then my husband did some research and we decided not to buy.  Apparently "craptiva" is a common term on the Internet!  

We ended up buying a 7 seater Outlander and absolutely love it!  For $30,000 we got a 2 year old top of line model with every extra imaginable (such as sunroof, seat warmers, DVD player, GPS, etc, etc) and it is great!

Good luck!

#15 blackbird

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

I know they all flip over very easily, I have seen it with my own eyes  oomg.gif

#16 Marley&Me

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

QUOTE (JKTMum @ 01/02/2013, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I was doing the internet research I found a couple of reports of accidents where the car had done the exact same thing, one was on a multi lane freeway (think it was the Harbour Bridge) in Sydney and another car or truck travelling behind had slammed into the back of the Captiva which had just stalled suddenly while doing 100kms/hr. The driver behind had no warning and the Captiva driver could do nothing to get out of the way.


For some reason, I think I have heard this before.... Im glad that your family are all ok. I too would have refused to drive it!

QUOTE (abismum @ 01/02/2013, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would steer clear of the captiva also.  We bought a 2008 CX diesel 7 seater brand new and when it was just under 3 years old with under 80 000km on the clock the engine died.  It was the rockers that failed and we had to have a full engine rebuild and they had it for 6 weeks.  It was under warranty but service was shocking and it was never fixed properly e.g. split hoses were reattached).  

The airbag sensors are under the passenger seat so if they were ever knocked the light would come on as a malfunction.   Holden told me I had to get my children to be more careful with where they put their feet!

I wanted to keep the car and kept hoping that it would be ok until a month ago when I had it serviced I was told I was up for a new diesel turbo pump and would be without the car for 1 - 2 weeks at a starting cost of $3500.  I was also told I was up for new shock absorbers for $1500ish.  I know shock absorbers go on cars, but the mechanics thought it was way too early and told me I would have to continue putting money into the car.  The next day I traded it for a brand new rav4 - so far so good.

Honestly the stress of worrying about what would go wrong on the car was not worth it.
Check the reviews - many people with the same issues as me, so I know I'm not the only one which is why I had to count my losses and get rid of it.  

Good luck on the car hunt!


Thank you & thanks for your response! What a joke about the airbags & your kids feet lol!

Glad your happy with your Rav! I'd love one but unfortunately need 7 seats with number 4 on the way original.gif

QUOTE (shelly1 @ 01/02/2013, 09:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I asked the same thing last week LOL

Most of the replies were that series 1 were petrol guzzlers - which is why there are so many with low kms cheap around.

We wanted a brand new diesel SX but none of the Holdens in Canberra had them nor would they order us one (they sold very quickly the first couple of days of the sale)

Captivas are actually just rebadged Daewoos so not technically a Holden

Have a look at the Dualis plus 2 - similar and the Nissan here was willing to do us a deal for $31,000 brand new

Now we have just given up for a while LOL - It is so bloody stressful finding a good car in our price range


Thanks for your reply, I obviously missed your post lol - I'll have to go & look for it!

The Dualis+2 is the other car on our list and seems to have a lot more features than the Captiva for less. The only problem is our car yard keeps saying they are getting one in but it never makes it which is really frustrating, we've been waiting since before Christmas.

Our main concern is the size, in particular, the rear row. The Captiva rear seats are surprisingly roomy.... Did you test out the third row seats? We they only for children/short trips?

Good luck for your search, it's very difficult original.gif

#17 shelly1

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

QUOTE
Our main concern is the size, in particular, the rear row. The Captiva rear seats are surprisingly roomy.... Did you test out the third row seats? We they only for children/short trips?


I will say the rear seats weren't as big as the Captiva but the car was better in general if that makes any sense.

At the moment I am trying to convince DH that I just want the Used Toyota Avensis I saw in the Ford Caryard. It has full sized seats in the back. It was a beautiful car but for some reason he wasnt sold.

Have you looked at the Kia Rondo - 7 seater, brand new for under $28,000 - they are made by Hyundai. We looked at the Sorrento but it is out of our price range.

Have you considered how you are going to work your car seat arrangement? Most non-van 7 seaters dont have anchor points for the rear seats which makes moving the first row of seats difficult if you have a car seat on it. The Ford Territory was the only car we found with anchor points for the rear seats. We only have 3 kids but the younger 2 are in car seats. When I brought it up with one car dealer he suggested my eldest DD climb thru the boot to get in her seat LOL

#18 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

We had one, not sure of the model.  And FIL has one too.
Known in this house as the "Craptiva".

Initially I liked it, then went on a long drive in the passenger seat and refused to sit in it again for any distance.  AThe headrest curves forward in relation to the back support and it can't be adjusted.  So my neck was uncomfortable and bent slightly forward.  I told my MIL about this and she agrees with me.  She won't get in FILs Captiva for the same reason.

It's the sort of thing you would miss on a test drive so make sure you check it out.

#19 Marley&Me

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (shelly1 @ 01/02/2013, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I will say the rear seats weren't as big as the Captiva but the car was better in general if that makes any sense.

At the moment I am trying to convince DH that I just want the Used Toyota Avensis I saw in the Ford Caryard. It has full sized seats in the back. It was a beautiful car but for some reason he wasnt sold.

Have you looked at the Kia Rondo - 7 seater, brand new for under $28,000 - they are made by Hyundai. We looked at the Sorrento but it is out of our price range.

Have you considered how you are going to work your car seat arrangement? Most non-van 7 seaters dont have anchor points for the rear seats which makes moving the first row of seats difficult if you have a car seat on it. The Ford Territory was the only car we found with anchor points for the rear seats. We only have 3 kids but the younger 2 are in car seats. When I brought it up with one car dealer he suggested my eldest DD climb thru the boot to get in her seat LOL


Thanks again for your reply! The Dualis brochure looks fantastic, I love the skylight....

We have thought about the seating & yes, we would need our DS7 to go in and out through the back as we will have three in seats for a few more years. I'm sure it'll be frustrating but going into it, know that it'd be necessary.

Can I ask another question? What model were you quoted $31,000?

Haven't heard of the Rondo but will google as DH's work car is a Hyundai and it's been great original.gif Thanks for the info!

Good luck talking your DH into the Avensis wink.gif

QUOTE (Duffy29 @ 01/02/2013, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We had one, not sure of the model.  And FIL has one too.
Known in this house as the "Craptiva".

Initially I liked it, then went on a long drive in the passenger seat and refused to sit in it again for any distance.  AThe headrest curves forward in relation to the back support and it can't be adjusted.  So my neck was uncomfortable and bent slightly forward.  I told my MIL about this and she agrees with me.  She won't get in FILs Captiva for the same reason.

It's the sort of thing you would miss on a test drive so make sure you check it out.


Thanks for your reply! Funny you mention the headrests.... When we test drove, I noticed it too but had my hair in a bum so thought it was from that! I am very much a comfort person & I've noticed that before in other cars as well. If we drive it again, I'll definitely pay more attention original.gif

#20 shelly1

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE
Can I ask another question? What model were you quoted $31,000?

Haven't heard of the Rondo but will google as DH's work car is a Hyundai and it's been great Thanks for the info!

Good luck talking your DH into the Avensis


$31,000 was for last years model 2012 and it was the mid-range one (with the panoramic roof - interesting you like it I was unsure but my girls would love it LOL).

I dont know where you are located but if you do a search on carsales for new cars only lots of the dealers are clearing out last years models - We just missed out on a Kia Rondo that a Wollongong dealer was selling brand new for $24,000 driveaway which is amazing for a brand new 7 -seater with 5 year warranty.

The only car we have ruled out is a pre-2006 Kia Carnival. 2006 onwards were built by Hyundai but before that were the ones with Rover engines which are responsible for Kias poor reputation. I have  few friends with newer model Carnivals that seem great (and have done a few kms too)

I also like the Mitsubishi Grandis but all the ones we have seen used have lots of Kms and we are after a car that lasts. We dont upgrade for the sake of a new car we are the type of people who drive our cars till the end LOL. My current car is a 2000 Astra - been a great car but as the girls get older it isnt working for us. DD1 is sick of sitting between 2 car seats and as she gets taller it gets more awkward for her



#21 naomi_j86

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:20 PM

CRAPTIVA!
I bought a 2nd hand 2006 CG or CX. Had it for 2 years then the timing chain went ($3000!)
*DVD player stopped working
*CD player would suddenly refuse to work, where the time lights up would come on and off.
*Light for airbags kept coming on at the end
*Tried to get the Captiva fixed 3 times for exhaust output (got sick of it, so got rid of the car).
*ONLY got 270km to a $70 tank of petrol. Was horrid!

I just bought a Nissan Dualis+2. It is smaller (but still enough room) and I get over double the fuel economy.
We paid $29000.


#22 Marley&Me

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

QUOTE (MARsmum @ 01/02/2013, 09:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We were looking at buying a Captiva about 12 months ago as we needed a 7 seater on a low budget.  I had my heart set on one and then my husband did some research and we decided not to buy.  Apparently "craptiva" is a common term on the Internet!  

We ended up buying a 7 seater Outlander and absolutely love it!  For $30,000 we got a 2 year old top of line model with every extra imaginable (such as sunroof, seat warmers, DVD player, GPS, etc, etc) and it is great!

Good luck!


Thanks for the Outlander suggestion, I didn't actually realise they were a 7 seater option original.gif

Glad you're happy with yours!

QUOTE (shelly1 @ 01/02/2013, 10:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
$31,000 was for last years model 2012 and it was the mid-range one (with the panoramic roof - interesting you like it I was unsure but my girls would love it LOL).

I dont know where you are located but if you do a search on carsales for new cars only lots of the dealers are clearing out last years models - We just missed out on a Kia Rondo that a Wollongong dealer was selling brand new for $24,000 driveaway which is amazing for a brand new 7 -seater with 5 year warranty.

The only car we have ruled out is a pre-2006 Kia Carnival. 2006 onwards were built by Hyundai but before that were the ones with Rover engines which are responsible for Kias poor reputation. I have  few friends with newer model Carnivals that seem great (and have done a few kms too)

I also like the Mitsubishi Grandis but all the ones we have seen used have lots of Kms and we are after a car that lasts. We dont upgrade for the sake of a new car we are the type of people who drive our cars till the end LOL. My current car is a 2000 Astra - been a great car but as the girls get older it isnt working for us. DD1 is sick of sitting between 2 car seats and as she gets taller it gets more awkward for her


Thanks again for your feedback, we are looking at similar options original.gif

We have gone on a holiday today and after you pointing out the Rondo, I saw one on the road lol! Not sure I'm a fan though, it looked very small. In saying that, we stopped at Nissan where we are holidaying and they had a Dualis +2 Ti-L. Very nice inside but very shallow rear seats which is disappointing and a maximum weight of 36kg.... Not sure how long the kids would be comfortable for when they grow so quickly sad.gif

I guess we keep looking too!


QUOTE (naomi_j86 @ 01/02/2013, 11:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
CRAPTIVA!
I bought a 2nd hand 2006 CG or CX. Had it for 2 years then the timing chain went ($3000!)
*DVD player stopped working
*CD player would suddenly refuse to work, where the time lights up would come on and off.
*Light for airbags kept coming on at the end
*Tried to get the Captiva fixed 3 times for exhaust output (got sick of it, so got rid of the car).
*ONLY got 270km to a $70 tank of petrol. Was horrid!

I just bought a Nissan Dualis+2. It is smaller (but still enough room) and I get over double the fuel economy.
We paid $29000.


Sorry to hear your experience was crap. How do you find the Dualis? If you don't mind me asking what model do you have and are you happy with it? Also do you use the rear row on a regular basis or is it just spare seats?

TIA


#23 lotsofbots

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

mIL has a rondo, it really is only a six seater and has no boot at all

#24 weepingangel

Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

I believe the new captivas have a different motor in them.

We have a brand new diesel LX and no problems so far. I had read the reviews on the older models, but according to cars guide etc, the 2012? onwards have new engines and supposedly no issues like the other motor.



#25 naomi_j86

Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:52 PM

QUOTE (Marley&Me @ 02/02/2013, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How do you find the Dualis? If you don't mind me asking what model do you have and are you happy with it? Also do you use the rear row on a regular basis or is it just spare seats?


I'm really happy with the Dualis. It is 2012 base model. You can notice the power in it (as in, it would be better with more power on take-off), but with the fuel efficiency, I am more than happy. It goes fine up hills and on the freeway.

It is smaller than the Craptiva, but so much easier to park. You would not be able to fit 3 car seats in the middle, but I do like that the centre piece can come down as a drink holder.

We use the back row as spare seats. It is always myself who is in the back, and I'm fine sitting there (at 165cm). My husband at 182cm does not fit. I have to hop in through the boot due to the fixed carseats.






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I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
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Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

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