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MattB
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Contours pretty small
#1304314 - 08/22/06 01:26 AM

Well with the addition of a second child in 4 days, we test fitted the infant car seat in the contour. I have to tell you i knew the contour was tiny before with just one car seat but with the new car seat, my tour is a 3 passenger car. The passenger seat is at the closet point to the dash as it can go. My wife cant sit in the passenger seat now. Wifes car is a Volvo 240 and it fits 2 car seats fine, with both front seats as far back. I guesse my contour is second to volvo in terms of family car. We normally took the contour for vacations and getaways because its a lot newer and quicker then the volvo. So its a sad day that the contour will no longer be the family geta way car. I have thougth about selling the car but resale values are horrible about $1000 (maybe) for the 1997 contour and $1700 for a 1990 volvo , almost 7 years older but better resale. Well we are going to hold on to the contour till it dies i guesse....

Anyone else with family space issues?

Matt

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IRingTwyce
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304340 (Re: MattB) 08/22/06 01:54 AM

Originally posted by MattB:
Well with the addition of a second child in 4 days,



Wow! You had 2 kids in 4 days? Man, what kind of fertility drugs did you have her on?



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icysvt
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304368 (Re: IRingTwyce) 08/22/06 02:30 AM

i know how you feel about the room issues. i have to ut my daughters car seat in the middle in the back seat so both front passengers are comfortable. I can only imagine with two

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Tony2005
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304475 (Re: MattB) 08/22/06 04:47 AM

It helps if you get the "Infant Only" rear-facing car seat (up to 20 lbs or one year) as opposed to the Convertible car seats where it goes from 5 to 20lbs rear-facing/21 to 40 lbs forward-facing. The Convertible ones are much longer and higher.

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MattB
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304487 (Re: Tony2005) 08/22/06 05:43 AM

We looked at the just infant only. But we already have car seat/holder bucket, works for 2 cars. Im 6'1" and with the seat back all the way is ok but its a few clicks forward, so my knees are getting close to the wheel, oh well. I will take it over another car payment anyday though. Both cars have been paid off for years, so not having car payments is really nice. Going to wait a few years and get up graded cars, when we have money .....

Matt

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Y2KSVT
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304516 (Re: MattB) 08/22/06 12:32 PM

Originally posted by MattB:
Im 6'1" and with the seat back all the way is ok but its a few clicks forward, so my knees are getting close to the wheel, oh well.




You must be a different 6'-1" than me, because I don't keep my seat anywhere near the furthest back position, and I have pleanty of leg room. I keep my seat up far enough, to where my knees are just a little under the dash, and where I have full control of the wheel and shifter. I have 6'-0" tall friends sit in the back without much complaining.

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frenchblueC2
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304517 (Re: Y2KSVT) 08/22/06 12:34 PM

You have a long body, Mark. That could be the difference.



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Y2KSVT
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304519 (Re: frenchblueC2) 08/22/06 12:38 PM

Originally posted by frenchblueC2:
You have a long body, Mark. That could be the difference.






Haha, so wouldn't you think I'd need MORE leg room? I guess I don't go for the gangsta lean.

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Tony2005
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304520 (Re: MattB) 08/22/06 12:38 PM

Originally posted by MattB:
...holder bucket, works for 2 cars....



Try without the holder bucket for the Contour. It is a pain to have to buckle up the car seat everytime, but the extra three inches could make the difference.

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frenchblueC2
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Re: Contours pretty small new
#1304523 (Re: Y2KSVT) 08/22/06 12:46 PM

Originally posted by Y2KSVT:
Originally posted by frenchblueC2:
You have a long body, Mark. That could be the difference.





Haha, so wouldn't you think I'd need MORE leg room? I guess I don't go for the gangsta lean.




No, I'm saying if your torso is long, then your legs are a little shorter than a guy with a short body and long legs who is the same height.


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