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Old 03-29-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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We got a minivan when we had our second. We figured if we ever had more kids, we would need one, plus it's nice because the grandparents could ride with us at that point if we were going somewhere. Now that we have three, it's definitely the perfect car for us (and our dog!).

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Old 03-30-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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Unless you get three radians, there's really no way to avoid a minivan or SUV. Even if do get three radians, it'd be hard if you wanted to have friends go with somewhere.

We had to get a mini-van when #2 came along as DH is in a wheelchair and there wasn't room for his wheelchair, two carseats, and a double stroller in our escort wagon. We now have four and I absolutely love my minivan.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #13
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I have 3 kids and don't have a minivan and I don't mind. I do have a station wagon though. You do need to have car seats that puzzle well together but it doesn't have to be 3 radians. I do have one radian but then I can fit all kinds of combos of 3 across in my dh's sedan, my station wagon, the back row of my friend's minivan and the cars we rented.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #14
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minivans are awesome....i pushed the idea away for a while, but DH finally convinced me and i really can't see owning something else for quite some time
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #15
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We have three and do not have a minivan. My brother raised three and never got one either. We do have two cars, though.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #16
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Re: Minivan

I fit three across in my Taurus station wagon, which was the same size as a Taurus sedan (and got the same gas mileage). We've also had 3 across the back row of an F-150 which had a bench seat in the back; of course a crew cab isn't going to get better mileage than a minivan. If you don't want a minivan, just get a full-size sedan, like a Crown Vic.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:00 PM   #17
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Technically we don't have a minivan, we've got a CUV (Ford Freestyle). We didn't NEED it per say, we were able to fit 3 across in our Fusion (there was no way it was happening in the Subary we had!). We had 2 Evenflo RFing convertibles and an Evenflo booster for Z. It was tight! DH bought the Freestyle when I was still pregnant with A and the Subaru was going, and that became the car we all went in. I do like it... it's got enough cargo room for us, and we have that extra seat to fold down if we need more room. Bad thing is I went from 40mpg to 25mpg if I'm lucky. I don't drive much currently, but that'll change soon. When it's time for a new car, we've already agreed on the new Explorer.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:02 PM   #18
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Ours too... Went from tiny imports to medium sized domestics... yeah, I consider the Freestyle "medium" sized.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:16 AM   #19
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I had a mini-van, which I loved but then finances got to where we had to let it go. Then I lucked out and found a station wagon with the 3rd rear facing row. It is probably not the ideal car seat situation, since it is more of a flat bench, however it did have anchors, so the car seat was pretty secure. We had a 99 mercury sable wagon that we bought for $500. I loved that it drove like a car and had the space, it actually would seat up to 8, in the front seat was a console that could be converted to an additional seat. The kids loved sitting in the back since they faced the cars behind them and it was fun watching how many people would wave at them. We did initially have some safety concerns with the back, however, the car got totalled when we were at a dead stop on the freeway and someone rear ended us going around 60/mph. The back of the vehicle had a scratch on the bumper, all the damage was in the front of the vehicle when we were pushed in to the vehicle in front of us. No kids were back there since we were traveling and had overnight bags in the back, but it was comforting to know how sturdy the frame is. If I can ever find a good deal on a station wagon with 3rd row again that would probably be my preference to a mini-van.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:44 AM   #20
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We got our minivan when we still had two kids due to a surgery my son needed which involved us needing more space in our vehicle. Wow... it was such a nice change! SO nice!

I can't imagine shoving 3 carseats in a car safely, but I guess it depends on how wide the car is. I, personally, recommend a minivan by the third kid. Between carseats, groceries, strollers... the extra space is worth it!
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