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#1 deedee70

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

As title says...please tell me about your imax....do you have petrol or diesel?
Do you find it sluggish with a full car or not?
Ummm and anything else.....
We have 6 kids and really need a large car preferably with all lap/sash belts which doesn't give us a lot of choices!!
Thanks in advance  biggrin.gif

#2 bek_p

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

I drive one at work (caring for young men with a disibility). It has much more leg room in the back compaired to a targo or similar its on disel  and is just as drivable as my commadoor ive even had a speeding fine in it

#3 -Moxie-

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

Only have 4 kids, so dont really know how it goes with a full load.
Ours is diesel, wouldnt bother with the petrol. I do find it slow on take off if you havent stopped completely, but it can easily and quite quickly get up to 100kph no problems.
I sometimes forget Im driving a big van. Feels like a normal car.

Despite its size, you will have some difficulty fitting in carseats. I have my 2 eldest in Infa boosters in the back and there really isnt room for a 3rd person in the middle. If I use the Hipods senators, there is as they sit better on the seats.
Its really hard to lift in a rear facing baby. Also there are only anchor points on the middle row which means you would either need a booster without an anchor point or have all 3 across the centre and un hook the seat belt to move the seat to access the back row. We had extra points fitted to ours.

The back door is really heavy to close and the central locking button on the key is flippin' annoying (unless they have changed it recently).

There are other little things that I would change, but then that would move the new price into the next bracket and at the time, we couldnt afford it.

Dont think I could go back to a small car full time since having the Imax.

#4 bryan-is-flyin

Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

We have a blue petrol Imax.
Although there is alot of legroom (even when filled with half a circus), and the chip wrappers and poppers, I feel the 2.4 litre pertol engine is quite sluggish when new. WE have around 33,000 kilometres on the clock now and it is alot more response, particularly when driving it like you stole it.. Overall I am pretty happy with it.

#5 Lucky*Mum

Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

We are just about to buy one!
We hired one last year for a week long holiday and couldn't fault it.
It was a petrol one and even in a VERY hilly area we found it wonderful.
I had 4 in car seats so had my youngest 2 in the middle row in a Maxi rider AHR and a Meridian T&A. Both large car seats and my 9year old had plenty of room to sit next to them (near the right hand side sliding door, as that is the only middle seat that moves forward for rear access.) My 6yr & 8Yr olds went in the 3rd row in Pegasus boosters. When we purchase one i will have an additional 2-3 anchor points installed as i prefer anchor boosters though.
The one we hired had 120,00kms on it and was scratched a bit but ran like a dream.

I cant wait until we get ours to keep! original.gif



#6 deedee70

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

Brilliant, keep the responses coming!!

We're looking at petrol, just because of cost  sad.gif
test drove a couple on the weekend and they did seem a little sluggish...both had 75 - 95000 on clocks so not exactly new!

#7 mama123

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

We bought a brand new one just before Christmas. It is fantastic!

We have diesel. I have 4 car seats in it at the moment and I have no complaints about our seating arrangement. I have only two complaints, maybe three if I were to really pick the car to pieces.....

1. I don't like how if you turn on the interior light for the back seats it doesn't turn off by itself.

2. We got the car mats (which isn't really about the car) and have found it gets caught under the seat when we move it back and forth. It is slowly wearing away which is actually a good thing now, doesn't happen as often.

3. The boot is kind of heavy to lift up.

As I said, that's really picking it to pieces for me. If they fixed those 2/3 things I'd say it was perfect.

#8 ~Sorceress~

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Mine is coming up to four years old in a month and I still love it! biggrin.gif I have the diesel and it's got plenty of grunt. We took it to Queensland (from Canberra) with all our luggage and six children last year and it was incredibly comfortable. biggrin.gif

#9 Cherish

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:47 PM

What's the fuel mileage like please?

#10 Rolex

Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

I've only driven one for 4 days.  Hire car, petrol, 4 adults and 3 kids on board, and tbh, it was so sluggish it drove me crazy.

#11 sparassidae

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

Ours is petrol because we couldn't afford the diesel sad.gif.

We have a CRAB in the boot to put tethered boosters in third row. No problems with that, doesn't cut into the enormous boot at all original.gif

Regular load is 2A 5C, at the moment the configuration is 1FF carseat and 1tethered booster in middle row, 1tethered booster in third row. When we first got it we had 2x FF carseats in middle row and 2x tethered boosters in third row. Squishy between the boosters when that was the case, but I as a small adult could fit. Now no problems fitting 8 in when needed.

With this load no problems with sluggish starts or hills etc.

When on holidays we tow a very heavily laden trailer full of camping gear and bikes etc, with this load it is slower up long hills but still overtakes commodores pulling caravans, just for context wink.gif

Fuel ecomony DH guesses about 12L/100km?

We seriously love this car. So much space both in the passenger cabin and the huge boot, very very easy to steer and park.

Edited by sparassidae, 12 February 2013 - 05:48 PM.


#12 Nofliesonme

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

A bit dearer but if you can affoted it the Mercedes Benz Vito/ valente are a better choice IMO. The IMAX seems a little sluggish

#13 ~Sorceress~

Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

I don't know - when I looked into it the reviews were that the Mercs were significantly "vannier" to drive and park... I like the look of them, and the accessories available but they certainly charge for every single extra thing, including a lot that came standard with our iMax. original.gif

My only complaint about the iMax with regards slug-like behaviour is that when the engine's cold there's a bit of turbo lag, but less than I noticed in the Stavic we tested original.gif .

#14 deedee70

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

Oh yes the Mercs are fantastic but sadly wayyy too exy, and too exy to service etc etc  sad.gif

Definitely seems that the diesel imax gets  better reviews than the petrol...hmmmm

#15 Lucky*Mum

Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

As we only hired ours for a week i can only give you a rough estimate of kms/fuel.

DH thinks we did approx 650kms on a full tank. It wasn't quite empty when we refilled it.
And that was up & down mountains all day.

HTH original.gif




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