Originally Posted by jacquelinej
Ekk, CoBaby, poking the sleeping baby! Oh no! I sure hope DD doesn't turn out like that, oh gee whiz, that is something I did not even think about.
Yes, Lynann, this is exactly DH's fear, that we will have to put more money into a worthless vehicle. And you are right, it's not worth it.
Nstweart, we were actually looking into the Forester. I don't know that we will ever get to 3 kids...but it's something to think about. I just like the safety record and space as well as gas milage on the Forester. Yours is about the age we are considering, how much did you sell it for?
In the discussion tonight, DH pointed out that if we buy something on the low end we can always buy something bigger later if necessary.
I think we are going to buy a 4 door something with good gas milage...and maybe a little extra space to haul camping stuff. At the moment we have yet to make a camping trip, so maybe this should not even be a concern right now but it is something we hope to do in the future. We also enjoy road trips...and hiking which all require more space then the average car.
Jackie, we loved, loved, loved our Forester! The issue isn't with 3 car seats, it's with two. In order to put a car seat rear facing in the forester, it has to go in the middle so that the back goes between the two seats. Unless you put the passenger or driver seat alllll the way forward, which is not an option for us because I am 5'9" and DH is 6'1". I had to put my seat forward as it was, and we had to buy the smallest infant seat (A peg perego or a chicco are the only ones that fit!). And since our DS will still be in his Britax when this babe is born, it was too tight to have him right beside the baby seat in the middle.
Now, our Forester was a 2008. This was the last model year for the old model, which is more like a station wagon. If you get a 2009 or newer, it's more like a small SUV style vehicle, the back seat is a bit wider and the vehicle is a bit longer overall so there is also more space in the back in terms of distance between the back and front seats and I think you'd have no problem space wise. As far as cargo goes, the Forester is pretty good. Better than a lot of small SUVs, in fact. However, with baby gear we did find it necessary to get a Thule for longer family trips (in particular, Christmas one year when we needed to bring the stroller, the pack n' play, etc. etc. as well as all our Christmas gifts.) But those you can pick up on Kijiji or Craig's list. Also keep in mind because they are all time 4WD they aren't as good on gas as some other vehicles of the same size, but you get performance, safety, and reliability as a trade-off. We never had to take our Forester in once other than for scheduled warranty maintenance and it was amazing on winter roads (and off road too! We took it Christmas tree hunting a few times with friends and drove it through the snow where they took their big 4x4 trucks with no issues).
Our Forester had under 80,000km and we sold it for $15,500 (with a set of winter tires on rims and a Thule roof rack). It was the anniversary edition with the really big moon roof, and keep in mind we are in Canada so vehicles sell for more here and Subarus really retain their value anywhere. I can see us driving another Subaru in the future as a second vehicle or when we need less space for gear and kids. We truly loved it.