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whats a good reliable people carrier? #489929
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Hi im looking for a reliable people carrier that isn't going to cost the earth to run or maintain? We need a minium of 7 seats but they need to be able to fit 5 carseats in comfortably and safely.

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What about a minibus,i,ve had mine about 6 years,and it has been the best thing i,ve done.
Lots of room to get kids in and out.


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We've thought about one but there's a few things that we're struggling to find out about them like if they have heaters in the rear and could you put child-locks on the back doors as 2 of are children are special needs with behavioral problems so tend to climb out of their seats and try and open doors and widows.

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Hi,mine is a renault master,which was used for adults with severe challenging behavior,and is also wheelchair adapted.

If you want to call round and have a look your more than welcome,i'm in New Ferry.


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Thanks for that, that would be a great help. We're at our wits end now searching and this summer we would really like to get out for family days out but don't fancy the struggle with the children on buses and trains.

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Yes i can imagine,and i can't think of a car that will take all the child seats,so maybe minibus is your only option.

I will PM my address.


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What about one of these? Running costs are lower and a lot more fun wink


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Haha i dont think the poor elephant would like my children swinging off his ears though smile

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Was going to suggest something like this;

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/2528819.htm

Didn't realise the price of them though, seems a bit steep for what they are on the second hand market.

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Originally Posted by mondeo_st_99
We've thought about one but there's a few things that we're struggling to find out about them like if they have heaters in the rear and could you put child-locks on the back doors as 2 of are children are special needs with behavioral problems so tend to climb out of their seats and try and open doors and widows.


Can you not use a motability scheme?

Also what sort of price is "cheap"



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What about one of these? Running costs are lower and a lot more fun wink


Does it run on peanuts? think


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At least you'll have plenty of room for the chairs, it has quite a big trunk.

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I have a Chrysler Grand Voyager, I've had a few of them and they're good for getting people in and out of.

The Mk1, 2 and 3 all have fixed windows in the sliding doors (the Mk4 has electric windows but they can be isolated by the driver).

Dont go for the Voyager, you'll need the extra space in the Grand.

Fuel economy is dire so make sure you get one that is LPG converted. I like them, had a few, change them all the time, easy to fit TV's/DVD's etc into to keep the kids amused.

It is luxury motoring, comfortable over long distances, or go for the Mini-Bus, they work well, I'd look at the Ford Toureno or Renault T35 LWB, not the Mercedes Vito, comfortable but too tight for the child seats.


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The children only get care component and as far as i'm aware it's not this that can be used for the motabily scheme? We habe about 3,000 to buy the car but then we're thinking of the cost of fixing things like head gasket or cam belt etc, also how easy parts would be to source for the car?


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Ive got a toyota Estima Emina theres other similar models,the rear windows only open slightly the big sunroof can be locked by the driver, the rear passenger door slides open but there is a childlock. Its an 8 seater so youd get child seats in easily we got 3 adults &5 kids in 1 in a car seat plus luggage & we werent squashed. Ours has been reliable up to now but there seems to be a lot of them about so I should imagine spare parts shouldnt be hard to come by.


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