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Old 15th January 2018, 10:19 AM   #1
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Before I get happy and jump the gun and change it for a zafira, i was wondering how effective our m4's out for general baby carriage. There will be a new addition for me and my wife shortly so I was wondering weather I should change for an M3/M6 GC or X5M. All are within budget but I don't really wish to change unless I have to considering my M4 is only 6 months old.

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Old 15th January 2018, 10:27 AM   #2
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I swapped my F83 for an F80 for the same reason.

Cut a long story short, work out really who's car your baby will be in most - my wife prefer's her own car so when she was on maternity leave the baby was mostly in her car anyway. So really it didn't matter what I had.

I ultimately changed though because the boot on the F83 wasn't big enough for the pram and we needed a bigger car for longer trips.

If I had an F82, I defo would not have changed - yes it wouldn't be as easy to live with as an F80, especially as I now do the daily nursery run, but it would be perfectly doable.

So...don't rush into anything yet I'd say. Wait until the baby is here and give it a couple of months and see where you are, you'll probably be thankful you've saved a few K and stick where you are
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Old 15th January 2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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My mrs used the e92 m3 and currently m4 as a daily mate - no issues at all....
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Old 15th January 2018, 10:45 AM   #4
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I've had coupes for the last 20 years or so. My two children were in the back from an early age and I now have twin granddaughters (5 years old) who have been ferried around in the back of an Alpina E82 and my current F82 M4 since birth. It may be slightly easier hoisting very young children in and out of the seats but I've never really understood why some regard it as absolutely essential to have a four door for this as I've never found it difficult.
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Old 15th January 2018, 10:53 AM   #5
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Hi, This is the response from a grandfather.

The pram fits in the boot, just get the right one. We have a baby Jogger, not the smallest in the world, but it fits. So far as the car seat is concerned, get a rear facing one with an isofix base and extended foot that provides a third base. Then fitting the child seat is easy. When the child gets a bit bigger we fitted an isofix 1,2,3 seat again with a foot, some have belts that fit over the seat to a mount point in the boot, that won't work on this car. The Halfords one fits, but its OOS ATM, don't get hung up on make, they all have to pass the same tests.

Always remember young kids mean you take everything including the kitchen sink when you go anywhere. The spare rear seat provides additional storage.

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My wife went back to work after we had our daughter and I stayed at home to look after the baby....and I never quite made it back to work!!
I had a 911 turbo at the time and was absolutely not giving it up so I kept it and various other 911s until my daughter hit about 11 or 12 when she flat out refused to go in the back any more.
I don't recall any problems with having a baby seat in the back of a 911 so an M4 should be a piece of cake.
Give the M4 a go, you can always change it later on.

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Old 15th January 2018, 11:07 AM   #7
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Rattles all fixed now?
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Old 15th January 2018, 11:11 AM   #8
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5, 4 and 1 year old here. Can't fit them in the car all at the same time but besides that, its perfect

Seriously, I can't imagine you'll have any problems with one child. It takes a little more maneuvering to get them in and out, but I've become very efficient at it. Plus the extra bending and stretching is not a bad thing, keeps you supple for more enjoyable activities!
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My M4 was fine for our new born, the 3 of us even drove down to the south of France with him in the back he was fine! As mentioned probably easier with a four door but its not that bad to be fair...
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Old 15th January 2018, 12:23 PM   #10
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The M4 will be fine.
The boot can't be much smaller than an M3 and you can get the world and his dog in there.
Go down to Mothercare and they'll try a load of car seats and buggies in your car for you.

Had a 928 before my M3 and I even got the Mothercare lady in the back of that trying various car seats.
Most amusing until they turned into teenagers. It started to get a little snug with four up plus luggage!
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Old 15th January 2018, 12:36 PM   #11
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I thought the m4 boot would be the same (or wider as the base car is wider).
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Hi mate,

I recently changed from M4 to M3, I have a baby that's just turned one and it was a bit of a pain getting the car seat in and out of the back. Its doable but over time it pissed me off and to now I have the M3 it is so much easier.

The boot is plenty big enough in the m4 and there is also plenty of room its just access thats a pain (I'm a fairly big lad at 6'1 15stone ) and my mrs couldnt lift the car seat properly without bashing the car so i had to do every single in out lift lol.

I'm sure you can manage but it isn't ideal. M3 is perfect




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Hi Guys!

Before I get happy and jump the gun and change it for a zafira, i was wondering how effective our m4's out for general baby carriage. There will be a new addition for me and my wife shortly so I was wondering weather I should change for an M3/M6 GC or X5M. All are within budget but I don't really wish to change unless I have to considering my M4 is only 6 months old.

Any valuable inputs?
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Old 15th January 2018, 01:04 PM   #13
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I went from M3 to M4 no issues at all there is plenty of space to get car seats in and out.

I would see how you get on to start with
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Old 15th January 2018, 01:29 PM   #14
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9 & 14.... arms and legs everywhere. Its surprising for such a BIG CAR what little space is in the back!
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Old 15th January 2018, 01:51 PM   #15
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Thanks all for the valuable input. This is why I love cutters. Honest, invaluable and timely responses. I'll hold on for sure & Schuey, yes the rattles have all been fixed. Took me 3 hours this weekend but all sorted now.
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I recently changed from M4 to M3, I have a baby that's just turned one and it was a bit of a pain getting the car seat in and out of the back. Its doable but over time it pissed me off and to now I have the M3 it is so much easier.
I'm guessing you couldn't leave the car seat permanently in the back.
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Old 15th January 2018, 02:09 PM   #17
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9 & 14.... arms and legs everywhere. Its surprising for such a BIG CAR what little space is in the back!
I actually think they are quite spacous in the back for a coupe... a lot more room than my old RS5

OP plenty of room in the boot and with an isofix baby seat that can stay in the back you should be fine
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Old 15th January 2018, 02:48 PM   #18
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We have a seat perm up front
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When they are babies they are in a rear facing seat so it would be impossible to get baby in a seat while it was strapped in. mine is forward facing now I have the recaro seat and it was still a pain as i had to climb into the back of the car with the baby and strap her in. It is doable but not ideal. if its just a weekend car then fine but as a daily it will do your head in especially when its pissing it down and your messaging for ages with a bloody car seat



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Old 16th January 2018, 11:04 AM   #20
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Fancy one of these, kids will be 4 and 3 soon, what non bulky seats are you using, Id leave them in the car and use a daily ****ter for nursery/school run.
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