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#76 Let's sway

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:07 PM

Wishing I could talk Dh around to a carnival. I was once deadset against them as they had a bad track record. Thankfully that was rectified quite a while ago.

#77 Angel1977

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:14 PM

I have an Infiniti 7 seater here in the US. Infinit is for Nissan, what Lexus is for Toyota. It's an awesome car and I'm really hoping by the time we move back they are out in Australia (I know the brand is, not sure of the model) as I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

#78 GenWhy

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:15 PM


Edited by GenWhy, 02 June 2014 - 12:30 PM.

#79 Let's sway

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:25 PM

Ah, okay. Thank you GenWhy.

#80 gemgirl

Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

 Let, on 16 February 2014 - 01:07 PM, said:

Wishing I could talk Dh around to a carnival. I was once deadset against them as they had a bad track record. Thankfully that was rectified quite a while ago.

My DP was against them, too. We ended up test driving the Hyundai and the VW, and the Kia and opted for the Kia. The only way I even convinced her to test drive the Kia was this video:

Edited by gemgirl, 18 February 2014 - 11:52 AM.

#81 Let's sway

Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

Thanks for that gemgirl :)

I showed dh, he got to check with his brother (works on cars all the time). I was shot down! Bugger, back to the drawing board.

#82 Superman+4sisters

Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:08 PM

Just adding my 2c's worth, to advise against a Mazda MPV.

We have just traded in our 10 year old MPV (ie 2004 model) with serious, serious gearbox and engine issues. We were honestly praying it would keep going until we got it into trade-in. It was well maintained, regularly serviced, driven reasonbly.

The MPVs are now known for "dropping their gearboxes". This was told to us by multiple dealerships when we visited looking for a newer car. The brackets for both the engine and the gearbox also cracked.

We were quoted $4K for parts for the new gearbox, and it would be at least another $2K for labour. This was at our usual mechanic, who we are certain doesn't inflate prices. He basically advised us not to spend another cent on the vehicle.

The insides of the MPV were great, with 7 adult seats - our kids loved it! The sliding doors stopped unlocking and locking with the central locking, that we were able to work around. But the lack of reliability was bitterly disappointing. Who expects a 10 year old car to fail that badly?

So if in doubt, don't by a Mazda MPV.

#83 Esses

Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:28 PM

Hi Ladies, update on our car situation. Our kids are now 15, 14, 11 & 7. They grew straight past our Territory in 2 years flat & it just became impracticable. The ongoing suspension issues with Terris was a concern too, especially as ours was on it's third set of front ball-joints.
We ended up trading the Terri on a 2nd-hand one-owner '09 Carnival. This is the 2.7 litre/5-spd manual version & is quite economical for it's size. It's a full 8-seater, just not with the luggage room of a Grand Carni. Still, with a centre seat out & a roof-basket on top it dealt with the 6 of us & our luggage for our yearly 2-week Queensland holiday. We drove up & back straight-through (16 hours non-stop) & the Carni. shone.
Since then, my old Prado got a bit long in the tooth (300 000km) & DW was finding the manual a bit tiresome, so we looked around & found another one-owner Grand Carni - 2010 model, very low kms - the first of the 3.5 litre/6-spd automatics & traded my Prado on it. It's absolutely brilliant, even better than our '07 Grand Carni. Just as big & versatile but even more power & quite a bit more economical.
DW drove it to Wagga & back a few weeks ago with our Daughter & it worked out at 10 litres per 100km, or 27 mpg in old-speak, or 800km from it's 80 litre tank. The Carnival (which I've taken over as my car) does similar mileage.
So now we're a 2-Carni Family. Couldn't be happier.

#84 ezzylouise

Posted 10 September 2014 - 02:08 PM

On the topic of cars, what are the 2014 7 seater Captivers like? Iv heard bad things about the earlier models.

Thanks, :)

Editied to add: if you had to chose between the new pathfinder, outlanders or captivers what would you pick?

Edited by ezzylouise, 10 September 2014 - 02:18 PM.

#85 PurpleButterflys4

Posted 29 September 2014 - 08:13 PM

Anyone with a Mercedes Viano CDI 3.0???
This is the next car we are looking at buying but would like to talk to any owners out there please?

#86 butterflybum

Posted 05 January 2015 - 08:20 PM

I too will vote for a grand carnival. I got mine second hand from Brisbane car auctions. It's not in the best condition but with 4 kids who trash everything I don't care. We played less than half the price of dealer ones. Ours has electric doors and leather seats which are such great add ons. The versatility of the van makes it wonderful. I usually have the seat closest to the door removed for easy access. Which is a god send.

The middle row seats can move back and forth so if bub is in the centre middle seat it can be pulled forward to almost touch the front seat which is great when the passenger spends most of the drive facing backwards dealing with bub and kids.

Also all of the seats recline so on long drives everyone can sleep. We reconfigure the seating for holidays can fit absolutely everything we could need for a holiday. I can also fit all the kids and their bikes in.

I really really love my Kia and I appreciate it everyday. :)

#87 Foogle

Posted 05 January 2015 - 08:38 PM

I'm going to hi-jack this and ask why is a specific car thread limited to the large family section?

Why do we have a 'Sport' thread for instance under the Lifestyle section but no 'Car' thread?

We have every other topic of thread but not one for vehicles.  Can't we change that?

Some of us really like cars, regardless of whether they have 7+ seats or not.

Can't we have our own dedicated thread (like Sport) that we can discuss vehicles within?


#88 Let's_sway

Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:50 AM

Why not start up a thread then Foogle. That would be the reason there isn't one.

The purpose of this thread is because there isn't or at the time wasn't such a large range of cars suitable for big families.

Edited by Let's_sway, 06 January 2015 - 11:12 AM.

#89 Bidi

Posted 23 September 2015 - 01:00 PM

I have a new Kia Carnival 2015 model.  It has proper seat belts for all 8 seats.  I love it.  The space is sensational and the boot is massive even with all 8 seats.  It has loads of air bags and safety features.

#90 angel2010

Posted 28 November 2015 - 04:28 PM

Can anyone help??

We are going to have 4 kids in seats in June 2016
(oldest in a booster - will be 5.5, 3.5, almost 2 and newborn)

We would prefer to have a 2,2,2 seating arrangement if possible (mister 3.5 hits etc in the car : ( so separation preferable)... but will obviously compromise if that is just not an option...

So far we are looking at second hand
Volvo XC90
Citroen Picasso
Toyota Terrago
Renault Grand Scenic

looking to spend around 10-12k

I am trying to convince DH the Kia is an option, but he is set against them...

With a need to fit in a double pram, I really feel we will need more boot space than the above options afford...

is there some magic option I haven't seen yet?!?

#91 Gumbette

Posted 28 November 2015 - 04:34 PM

Not sure about the seating arrangements, however as an owner of a 3 year old XC90, all I can add is that they're expensive to run & maintain.  You also need to drop one of middle seats down so the kids can climb into the 3rd row.  Not terribly practical if it has a car seat fitted (actually impossible).  The only time we've used the 3rd row we've asked adults to sit in them and climb through the boot. Honestly? If you're going to use the 3rd row regularly, for ease of access I'd buy a people mover.

Edited by Gumbette, 28 November 2015 - 04:40 PM.

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