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my wife and I are getting a new car seat for our little one. We had a Graco travel system but the darn thing is too big. The stroller practically fills the entire trunk inthe R, and even in our S70 (which has a larger trunk) it takes up too much space.<p>We'relooking for something smaller. We have an infant - so we need rear facing. I have seen the Britax roundabout which looks like a quality seat, bt not sure if it will fit in the rear of an S60R as it is supposedly larger than some infant seats.<p>we may also look at the baby trend snap 'n go "stroller" which is moreof just a metl frame that will accept most brand infant carriers...the "frame" folds up a lot smaller than the typical travel system stroller..<p>what are the other "family" guy's using for infant seats/strollers in an S60R? you guys in the V's have more space to play with....<p>thanks.
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (23109VC)

<B>PLEASE DO NOT BUY BRITAX!!!</B> We own one of their Marathon car seats. The base they use on their seats was designed by morons and does not fit any car. It will absolutely KILL the leather in your R, no matter how well you try to cushion it. Also, the seats are gigantic and very difficult to position in the car - you'll bonk your child's head on the C-pillar every time you place them in the car seat.<p>We ended up moving the Britax to the Pilot, our family mule, and purchased an Evenflo Generations convertible car seat at 40% of the Britax cost. The Evenflo seat fits the angles of the R's backseat perfectly, looks better, supports front and rear facing applications, and is much easier to use. It also appears to be more comfortable for our little guy. This seat sits lower and has folding armrests, so strapping a child in is a quick and painless affair. <p>There are other nice seats out there, including the Graco-Pedic (this seat also fits the angles of the R's backseat very well). There are some on the R Forum with very nice leather seats - I never could find one locally, but they are out there if your kids deserve the best. I believe they are in the $300 price range.<p>- Tryg<p>
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (RainyS60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RainyS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>PLEASE DO NOT BUY BRITAX!!!</B> <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>There is nothing wrong at all with the Britax seats. They are among the best designed seats in the industry . . . where it matters. Place a heavy rubber car seat pad under it. The Marathon's giant size and capacity is its virtue. If you don't need the 65 pound capacity, buy something smaller and lighter (such as a Roundabout).<p>I'd be more interested in how the seat holds up in a crash and not how it sits on the leather.
 

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Sean, a couple of questions to help make a recommendation:<br>How old is your infant?<br>What is your infant's weight?<br>Do you have any other children?<p>
 

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Been there, done that twice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>But seriously, we have a Britax Roundabout and a Britax Marathon for our two boys and both are great (whether rear or front-facing). The only thing you will notice with a <U><B>properly-positioned/angled</B></U> rear-facing car seat is that front legroom will be scarce (my wife and I are both tall).<p>Agree with the previous comment that either seat will make some serious indentations on "R" leather but we've used the following with great success:<p><A HREF="http://www.onestepahead.com/product/86211/325778/117.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.onestepahead.com/pr....html</A><p>No marks on the seat and the protector does not slide at all.<p>I recently purchased the following seat for my toddler - I think the name is familiar to most enthusiasts and it matches our interior perfectly <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://www.netkidswear.com/recarosport.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.netkidswear.com/recarosport.html</A><p>Good luck!<p>Regards,<p>Derek
 

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We just purchased a Britax Boulevard for our v70r. It is a large seat but fits surprisingly well. The last seat did not quite allow the driver seat to go back far enough for me, but this larger seat actually fits better! It also has side impact protection.<p>It's a great seat that fits well. Good luck in your search.
 

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We have a Brittax Wizard in our V70R. <br>I've placed two pieces of cardboard under its base and had no problems with its fitment, wear of leather, etc. I do think its size makes it a pain to move from car to car, so I just move it as infrequently as possible.<p>Also, the wizard comes in a blue/black pattern that matches the nordkap pretty well <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://store.babycenter.com/MEDIA/ProductCatalog/51088_207377_md.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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We have a Britax Marathon (rear facing) in my S60 T5, and my wifes XC70. The base is pretty tall and dosn't fit well between the seatbelts in the center of the back seat. I'm hoping it will fit better forward facing (2 more months to go). Otherwise it seems to be a good quality product.
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (sgmlaw)

I'm using a Britax Roundabout in a V70R with no issues. It got very high marks on consumer reports, etc. We also have a Graco Safeseat step 1 on the other side which works out well.<p>I've got towels under both to protect the seats. It still has left some depressions but no marks. I suspect once they are out for a period of time combined with a little leather conditioner all will be back to normal. I may not ever get there, however, as my children are a little over 2 and 8 months.<p>-A<br>
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (23109VC)

Sean,<p>For an infant seat, keep the Graco seat and base (safest you can use)...and instead of the "travel system" stroller, just get a <b>Snap N Go</b> (or similar thing) to use as a stroller. It's a little bigger than an umbrella stroller, but you just snap the baby seat into it like the much bigger and bulkier "travel system" stroller (which is monstrous in comparison).<p>IM me if you want more info...<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (RainyS60R)

And, Rainy...<p>All of the car seats (infant and todler) will destroy your leather if you actually cinch the seat into it. LionHeart and some other companies make protectors that you can and should use to protect your seat from damaging the leather. We've got a Britax baby seat (had the Graco Snug Ride as an infant seat) in our cars. Both had about the same impact on the seat. And, in the end, as much as I want to protect the leather in my car...my daughter is a whole lot more important.<p>Also, Britax makes several different seats. The fact that you bought a Marathon and missed all of the reviews that said "it's freakin' huge" means that you just ignored them. The Roundabout is more reasonably sized and will hold your kids within a few pounds of the larger seat. There's also a Decathalon and I believe another seat...but I think they are all larger than the Roundabout.<p>-Eric
 

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recaro has an extremely nice car seat that would look cool to, lol.<p><A HREF="http://www.gmpperformance.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.gmpperformance.com</A> has some.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>smolvar</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><IMG SRC="http://store.babycenter.com/MEDIA/ProductCatalog/51088_207377_md.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, I must admit that this is the best looking seat for the Nordkap interior I've seen thus far. <p>The Graco and Evenflo products performed very well in safety tests, according to C/R, but keep in mind that they cannot be used until the child reaches 20lbs. I lived with the Britax until the day my son topped the 20lb mark. The Britax just does not fit properly in the R sedan, which is the car that this particular thread covers (see first post). I have no idea how it fits the wagon, which offers much more room in the backseat area. <p><B>IN THE R SEDAN</B>: Rear facing with the Britax was tolerable, but the front passenger seat had to be moved as far forward as possible. This made the front seat almost entirely unusable for adults. Forward facing does not work well either, because the base of the seat needed to rest on the front edge of the R's bottom cushion in order to provide a comfortable semi-reclined seating position. This was a concern for me because it was hard to get a tight secure fit, despite the use of several rolled up beach towels behind and under the seat base. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> The car seat needs to be rock solid in the event of an accident and the Britax was not... period.<p>I'll be the first to agree that the leather comes a far second to the safety of my family, but an improperly fitted car seat is probably a bigger concern than the brand name you choose or the price you pay. I also agree that while the Graco infant seat is impractical, it is likely the best seat for a newborn until they require a larger seat. Trust me, you will miss that carrying handle!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I concur with the Babies'R'Us recommendation. Test fit whatever seat(s) you are considering. Good luck!<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (Sue Esponte)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">All of the car seats (infant and todler) will destroy your leather if you actually cinch the seat into it. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The seat I chose, as well as the Graco I mentioned, match the angles of the R's seatback and bottom cushion perfectly. They even rest snuggly in the bucket portion of the seat without compressing the side cushions. The Evenflo also offers solid runners along the base with smooth rounded edges. With this seat and a good protective mat (I bought the $15 SuperMat at Target), you cannot tell there was ever a car seat installed in the car after it is removed. The fit is perfect and you can hardly wiggle the Evenflo when it is wrenched down to the anchors. <p>... and, no, I do not own stock in either of these companies. I swear! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<A HREF="http://www.gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?PG=detail&PID=140650" TARGET="_blank">http://www.gmpperformance.com/...40650</A><p>would looke great and sporty with nordkap and have other colot options.
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (RainyS60R)

our daughter is 3 months. we had a large graco travel systema nd we returned it..it's just too big it barely fits in the S70 trunk, and doens't ft in my R's trunk.<p>were considering s graco base/carrier and a snap-n-go type system...<p>we sw a peg peregostroller that was pretty small..folded up as small as the snap n go - but it's a real stroller...and wold accept mos brands of baby carriers...won't nap in...but they securein with a strap....which would be ok until she is big enough to sitin the stroller like a toddler...<p>thanks for the suggestons.
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (23109VC)

Some thoughts as our kids are just out of carseats recently. We had the best luck putting the car seat in the middle. Rear facing it gave the best access to the kid from the front and forward facing means you can still get two people back there as well. As for brand I would just take your kid to some big department store like Zellers or Target and see what fits your kid the best, they will likely only be in the rear facing seat for a few more months anyway, maybe 9. I would put more effort into getting a dedicated forward facing seat that does the 20-40lbs range the best for you. Our youngest was in the 20-40 range from a little less than one year until a little over 5 years. When the time comes to retire the forward facing and get a booster (over 40lbs) you will be happy to see the end of it and want a booster that doesn't have high sides around the thigh area so the kids can get themselves in and out without climbing on the upolstery.<br>For your immediate question get a seat that's light, comfortable for the kid, has a handle that's easy to fold out of the way and is quick to mount and release from the car.<br>Ask the community policing part of the local cop shop and see if they have a regular car seat clinic, lots of great info and here there is one every second month on a sunday at some car dealers pull through service bay.<p>To respond to one member about cinching down your forward facing car seat, if your car seat is installed correctly it WILL NOT move with moderate side to side hand action. It takes some effort to get a forward facing seat installed correctly.<p>Sorry for the rant,
 

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Re: Car Seat for the R - Suggestions?? (23109VC)

For our three kids, we have mainly Britax: Roundabout (5-33lbs rearfacing, 40lbs forward facing), Marathon (5-33lbs rear, 65lbs forward) , and Parkway (Forward Facing 1 year old and up- approx. 30 lbs. to 100 lbs, 38 inches to 60 inches tall) .<p>I think if you want ease of use, portability, and compatibility with strollers, then consider the Companion:<br><A HREF="http://www.britaxusa.net/products/detail_companion.aspx" TARGET="_blank">http://www.britaxusa.net/produ....aspx</A>. <p>As the kid gets bigger switch to the Boulevard or Marathon (only difference is the convenience of a quick adjustment dial for child height in the Boulevard. The Marathon you would have to disassemble the harnesses to adjust the heights of the belts to the child's shoulders). For real portability between cars and ease of use, I would get the Parkway.<p>Read about here:<br><A HREF="http://www.britaxusa.net/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank">http://www.britaxusa.net/default.aspx</A><p>Consumer Reports:<p><A HREF="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/child-car-booster-seats/child-car-booster-seats-505/ratings/child-car-seats.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.consumerreports.org...s.htm</A> <p><br>
 
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