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#51 Mrhousewife

Posted 03 October 2009 - 06:59 PM

Hi All,

I am thinking buying a Nissan Elgrand 2005 model from Japan.....

Searching on Google but no much info.

Does anyone drive this car ?

I found a importer selling Elgrand on Youtube in Sydney but
cannot find 2005 onwards models.

I also found a Nissan Elgrand owers club Australia and one of the member imported 2006 model so asking on this forum as well.

if anyone own elgrand or got info, please let me know.

Anyway, i called importers but they just trying to sell me the current stock....

Any info appreciated.

Thank you. biggrin.gif

#52 Charmzy

Posted 03 October 2009 - 07:47 PM

In case anyone is looking for something that can take more than 5 anchor points, I currently have 7 carseats installed in my Ford Transit, with room for 2 more in the back row of 4.  So a total of 9 child seats can be installed original.gif

#53 Tana6

Posted 25 November 2009 - 06:41 AM

What about the Mercedes Vito 8 or 9 seats?
Or the Mercedes Viano which is 7?

#54 leanne83

Posted 22 December 2009 - 04:18 PM

Okay, just some info on the Elgrand. ATM 2005 is the newest that can be imported and complianced.

Also, the government has changed how they want to compliance these cars they want them complianced and registered as a 4 steater (who wants a 4 seater elgrand?!) DONT buy interstate... its too hard to get them registered again, especially atm. You'd have a car you couldnt use (our is stuck in qld in compliancing atm... we have to wait till March for any type of resolution)

I've also read many dodgy things about the big sydney dealer (not finishing compliancing etc) so be careful there as well.

Good Luck!

#55 mindymoo

Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:13 PM

We have a 2008 imax and love it. we drove from melbourne to the gold coast for $200 each way. it cost about $230 to service except for the 60,000km which was $600. Also i can put my double pram, 3 bikes and 2 scooters in the boot and still have room. the only thing i would change was that our model doesn't have rear wiper ( the new ones do) and we would get the extra 3 bolts put in the back as we have found out once registered they cost $3,000 each, but other then that i love it..next car for us is the mercedes sprinter or hiace. Another great thing is we have done 75,000 and we still don't need new tire they come with great lasting tires.

#56 oliver-twist

Posted 10 January 2010 - 02:32 PM


I am wondering if you lovely ladies could let me know what sort of 8 seater vehicles are good for towing, and which ones aren't.
We have a 2005 tarago, and it is fine for short trips, but not for long ones. (We have an old heavy caravan, and if we don't take it, we need to take the trailer)

#57 mumto4monkeys

Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:24 PM

we just got a Commodore with dicky seats- after 1 day we are happy wink.gif

#58 blaast

Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:32 PM

We are excitedly waiting to pick up our near new VW Caravelle.
A late 2009 model with just 1,300 kms on it.
This is the 8 seat short wheel base version (the 9 seater is long wheel base).
It has a 3-2-3 seat configuration.  The middle row is a two seat bench so there is heaps of room to access the third row without having to move a second row seat.  Thankfully the extra entry space is on the footpath side too!

If anyone is in the market for a new car and looking at Kia or Hyundai, consider one of these as some are selling for $40,000 drive away.  If you were to order brand new you would pay at least another $15,000!
We only dreamt of buying this vehicle, but for this price (being comparable to Kia and Hyundai diesels) we couldn't resist!

#59 magicmummy

Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:10 AM

Hi there

After MUCH research, we have narrowed down our choices (we think!) to a Toyota Kluger or a Ford Territory. I'd be very interested in people's opinions on the current models of these two cars. We hope to seat all three kids in the second row (all in car seats obviously) so we can keep the 3rd row for storage or one-off transport for family/friends.


#60 blaast

Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:11 PM

I take it you have considered that as they grow older there will be the inevitable 'X is on my side', 'Y is annoying me', 'Z is hitting me' if they are sitting right next to each other?
Yes you will have the third row to separate them, but as you said, it is only for short trips...imagine going on holiday!

#61 spinifex

Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:11 PM

Has anyone seen/driven a Citroen C4 Picasso and any thoughts on it for four children?

#62 secretsquirrel2

Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:05 PM

We have the VW Multivan. 7 seater, 5 anchor points, all full seat belts. The seats are on a rails so when the kids are younger and dont need much leg room you can have the seats closer together and quite a bit of boot space. We fit the double mountain buggy and shopping in there. My husband is quite tall too and there is plenty of height for him to get in the back and put the kids in their seats. Power sliding doors too. We love it!

#63 Isolabella

Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:19 PM

Has anyone seen/driven a Citroen C4 Picasso and any thoughts on it for four children?

I have one.

It think it is great for 3 kids but probably not so great for 4 kids (ie. having the 6th seat in use full time)... it would really depend on the age of the children (ie. do you have 3 in child restraints?)

With 3 children in child restraints they take up the middle row, so when one of my parents come to visit I have to sit in the 6th seat. With Child restraints fitted on the middle row I have to climb in and out of the boot (anchor points for the child restraints are on the back of each seat). I am only 150cm so I actually don't find the room inside an issue. Even 6ft DH can fit in the boot (although he is a bit ackward in this position and would only be able to do a short journey in the back). The nice thing though with the boot seats is that they are positioned such that you are able to easily see over the middle row. I know when I had to sit in the 6 & 7th seats of my brothers BMW X5 I had to actually boost myself up so I could see over the middle row (so I didn't get car sick).

If you had two older ones who could sit in the back two seats and then have one middle row seat moveable forwards to access the back that could work BUT you would have very little space behind this for a pram/shopping etc. As an example we can just fit a Quinny Zapp behind the 6&7th seats.

I LOVE my car it is a dream to drive and the view from the windscreen (plus panoramic sunroof) is amazing. Very Fuel Efficient... we have done over  10,000kms and have averaged 8.2l/100km around the city (diesel).

Edited by lsolaBella, 26 June 2010 - 09:24 PM.

#64 fandibong

Posted 15 August 2010 - 05:05 PM

Anyone has experiences with Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel, and Honda Odyssey. I went to dealers and checked each one of them, and not sure which one to buy. All of my previous cars are Toyota and they are really reliable, but Kluger seems to consume a lot of fuel, while Santa Fe is cheap and being a diesel will be really economical to run, while I like the look of Odyssey.Which one do you prefer? And if you own one can you please tell me how much you bought it for? Thanks

#65 asonaseason

Posted 26 January 2011 - 09:45 PM

Dodge Journey is 7 seats

Integrated Child Booster Seats
The integrated child booster seats position children for the security of Journey's seat belt system. Built into the second-row seat cushions, these booster seats can be lifted and used when needed, slid back into the seat when not use.

#66 mummyofour

Posted 29 January 2011 - 09:01 PM

Have read all of the above with great interest.  We have a 2006 Kia Grand Carnival which we love and I would be very sad to give it up - even with all the seats up we have loads of space for a pram and shopping.  It does only have the four lap sash seatbelts but with our four kids thats not a problem.  We have actually taken the middle seat of the 2nd row out for the moment so we don't have to flip the seat forward at the moment.  We have the baby and 7yo in the middle row and then the 10yo and 4yo in the back row.


after a recent weekend away when we encountered some dirt and gravel roads on our travels, which the carnival coped with fine we've started talking about getting a 4x4 or at least AWD so we can go off roading and camping a little bit off the beaten track.  We've looked at Prados, Landcruisers (don't know I could park of of these!!) and then moved onto the cheaper territorys and Klugers but are put off by the complete lack of boot space - esp compared to my lovely carnival!  

And now we've discovered the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorrento  - any opinions on either of these as they are much more affordable - we've sat the little kids in the back of the Santa Fe and they seemed to think there was enough room for their legs. (could be a good thing that the 7yo is on the short side ! hahaha)

All opinions would be appreciated !!!  Thanks !

#67 Esses

Posted 30 January 2011 - 07:28 PM

Funnily enough, we've just done exactly that ourselves. Ours though was a case of combining DW's '07 Grand Carni & my '90 Nissan Patrol, which has twice taken us to Fraser Island plus quite a few off-road day-trips.
It was a real wrench for DW to lose her beloved GC & for me to give up the trusty old Patrol, but in between 4 kids, junior sports, dance etc etc we just weren't using the Patrol nearly as much as we'd've liked & it was costing too much to run as my work commuter.
We'd've loved a near-new Ti (top-line) Patrol - this is about or just higher than the equipment level in our EX Grand Carni - but they're "hen's teeth" rare & get snapped up very quickly. So after much looking around we ended up with an '07 Territory AWD 7-seater TS. Lovely, smooth, powerful, luxurious, very-well equipped, JUST enough room to use all 3 rows but more room than the '06 Kluger we nearly bought.
Word of warning, you will NOT get the same amount of room enjoyed in the GC even in a full-size Patrol or Landcruiser. It's just the limitations of 4WD/AWD design versus the freedom that front-wheel-drive allows the designers, but any of the AWD/4WD's are do-able for a large family. You'll just have to resort to the roof-rack that much earlier.
Also bear in mind that ANY of the AWD's are "Soft-Roaders" - they are not designed or intended to go into real off-road country - they're meant for roughish gravel roads, snow, sandy tracks & that's about it. A good example is that the lowest point of the underbody on both the Territory & the Kluger is the fuel-tank.
Good luck with whatever you get, but think carefully before parting with the GC, DW still tears up over it & for our money, it's the best people-mover for the $ you can buy in this country. Just wish they'd lifted it up a bit & given it 4WD & low-range! biggrin.gif

#68 Julzyloo

Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:09 PM

dodge journey is a great car ..... if you dont need access to the rear row when you have car seats in the middle row, anchor points for the middle row are in a stupid spot which make acces to the rear difficult! Such a let down!

I have an odyssey, fantastic car but once again depends how many car seats you have as the middle row anchor points are in the most ridiculous spot, hence why we are now looking at a toyota kluger. Anchor points in great spots and still a fair bit of room in the new model

#69 Peggybrown

Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:20 PM

Hi, im looking at getting a Peugeot 308 Touring Active wagon. It has 7 seats. I am just wondering if anyone has experience of putting three car seats across the second row???? According to the measurements it should fit but I am just wondering about the practicality of it.

#70 ednaboo

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

Peggybrown: we looked at one of these and yes I believe you could get 3 seats (we tried 2 boosters and a Compaq) in the 2nd row.  The third row is a joke though - you could only fit a child back there but you couldn't put a booster in so we didn't get it.

#71 Let's sway

Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:13 PM

Anyone have any more thoughts on an updated list of at least 7 seater vehicles.

There will be two, potentially 3 child seats in the car. We currently have a wagon but, I really don't want to have a dickie seat.

Edited by Let's sway, 12 February 2014 - 05:15 PM.

#72 GenWhy

Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:31 PM


Edited by GenWhy, 02 June 2014 - 12:31 PM.

#73 Cat Burglar

Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:06 PM

I wish EB would make a car section! Mods?

#74 Gumbette

Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:16 PM

View Postenerjen1, on 16 September 2008 - 11:47 AM, said:

Toyota Prado is an 8 seater.

Not the current model.  It's a 2 / 3 / 2 arrangement.

ETA sorry didn't see that it's a really old thread.  Oops

Edited by TiredbutHappy, 12 February 2014 - 08:20 PM.

#75 gemgirl

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:04 PM

Kia Grand Carnival here. The great thing about the two top models is that you can get remote opening doors, so the sliding doors open by the key. this is great for school drop offs/ pick ups with older kids, or getting older kids in when putting a baby in or whatever.

We have four car seats in ours- two in the middle row and two in the back row. We took out a seat in the middle of the middle row, so have a 'hall way'. Once they're out of car seats, I imagine we could get rid of the 'hall way'

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