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Yes 4 kids. 3 in booster seats, one more on the way. the obvious choice is a minivan. :banghead:

Was brainstorming with a friend at lunch who has a 4th child on the way... what else is there that retain some character, in stock or modified form, but also some daily driveability?

There seems to be a lack of real 3rd row contenders until the current high dollar crossover offerings since the demise of the B-body wagon, which had at least a usable jumper seat.


here's a few that have crossed my mind:

'80's GM Suburban (bagged or dropped on some hot rod inspired wheels):



'90's era Suburbans also are cheap enough to mod within budget but have some more modern amenities, fuel injection, etc.:



the forementioned GM B-body wagons. up till '95/'96 the Caprice/Roadmaster wagons had LT1 power, but even the TBI cars were pretty much workhorses with enough torque to tug them around. Easy to make Impala clones and/or they look slick dropped/bagged. 3rd row jumper isn't a true "3rd row" though so may not be ideal for daily kid hauling:



...the Japanese may be on to something with their modifying Dodge Ram vans:



...and they also brought us the VIP style minivan, which isn't done so often in the US:





others???
 

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lol, oh lawd

3 !?! in a booster seats and 1 on the way?!? :eek:

Based on the way you are popping them out, I'd just get a dodge ram van (Church van) :laugh: I come a family of 10 and my parents had to own a van for 20 years.
 

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lol, oh lawd

3 !?! in a booster seats and 1 on the way?!? :eek:

Based on the way you are popping them out, I'd just get a dodge ram van (Church van) :laugh: I come a family of 10 and my parents had to own a van for 20 years.
ha. well not me. but a friend... and yeah, kind of a brady bunch situation. he has 2 kids from ex-wife, and new woman has 1 kid already... now they have one together on the way.

...and they're all girls. :eek:

he's going to have his hands full when they are of age. :popcorn:



back on topic... the Vanagon would also work, though I don't know that I'd ever want to be in a front end collision in any of the older VW tin cans.



Eurovan would be a bit safer, though they seem to go for more money and be problem prone... plus I never really grew fond of the general style of them:

 

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I would recommend a vasectomy:thumbup::beer:
 

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4x4 Astro vans have a cult following... and would be useful here in Michigan:



...they even look decent when slammed (imo):



...and this church van looks to be less prone to rolling over: :laugh:



...or just go full on retro and bring on the Custom Craze of the '70's. White letter tires, side pipes and mag rims pull the ladies... (though that may lead to more kids:banghead:) :
 

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Doesn't suck? Check.

http://www.allbibles.com/ads/6x6_trucks.html

With the $5800 you'd have left over, I'm sure you could get the cargo area canvas covered or something. Kids are pretty weather-resistant :thumbup:
Bonus: room for your kid's whole soccer team; honest 8-10mpg highway; runs on gas, diesel, or kerosene.
 

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Growing up in a family with 5 kids, I have spent time in most of the vehicles pictured here. 2 Suburbans, couple minivans, an Expedition, but the Dodge Ram van was the best by far. Put >100k on ours including a couple trips around the country with a 6,000 lb trailer in tow. Towing uphill through death valley with the A/C on full blast? No problem. Also, there's enough room to stand 2 dirt bikes in back :).



Best part was the buying experience:

Mom: A lot of families I know have these big SUV's now. I like being higher up, and they are very pretty. I know they're expensive, but we definitely need one of those.
Dad: I agree. We need something with space for all the kids and crap we haul around. Also something more reliable than the Suburban that broke down in the middle of the Nevada desert.

...3 Hours Later...

Dad: Here's your commercial looking Dodge Ram van!
Mom: :mad::banghead::mad::banghead::mad:
 

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Yes 4 kids. 3 in booster seats, one more on the way. the obvious choice is a minivan. :banghead:

Was brainstorming with a friend at lunch who has a 4th child on the way... what else is there that retain some character, in stock or modified form, but also some daily driveability?
"Character" and "driveability" is totally irrelevant as far as a kid-mover is concerned.... safety and flexibility are the only things that matter. Anyone who thinks otherwise probably needs to be hit in the head with a baseball bat until the HURR HURR I AM A MAN I MUST SHOW OFF bull**** falls out his ears.

Every man I know with multiple kids has a practical van and an impractical toy. That's the correct answer.
 

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"Character" and "driveability" is totally irrelevant as far as a kid-mover is concerned.... safety and flexibility are the only things that matter. Anyone who thinks otherwise probably needs to be hit in the head with a baseball bat until the HURR HURR I AM A MAN I MUST SHOW OFF bull**** falls out his ears.

While I agree they should be the priority, I don't think they have to be the "only things that matter".

why can't a car that is safe and "flexible" (whatever you define that to be) also be something that one enjoys ownership of?


Given the advance of automotive and safety technology, pretty much any '90's or newer vehicle is likely to have far better protection, safety systems, crash ratings, etc. than any vehicle you somehow survived childhood in growing up. I'm not saying that safety is ever anything to take lightly, but I don't think that choosing a vehicle based on safety should be the mutually exclusive defacto decision for anyone who happens to have children. That's the logic that ended up with all the mom's buying SUV's in the first place. "I crash, I win."
 
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