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    Another convert to the family OR new baby dictates a new car....

    Still doing final shopping to find the right deal, but my search parameters of 1) vehicle with 210 + HP 2) room for a baby seat behind me 3) room for dogs in car but away from baby for short trips 4) fun to drive but can use as commuter and 5) AWD . I ended up with about 2 other options and the WRX. So the WRX was the only vehicle that made the final cut.

    Currently am looking to get a base or premium level 5 dr. Only real features I "need" are arm rest extension, fog lamps, roof rack and becoming a distant desire is the All Weather package. Colorado driving and a daily commute into Denver....

    Current vehicle needs to go for a number of reasons, primarily doesn't allow for a rear facing car seat behind an adult and need to be able to keep the dogs off the kiddo.

    05 Volvo S60R. AWD Turbo manual. Love driving it but she just doesn't fit the life any more...

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    Get a hatchback for sure. You can put the dogs back there and they will be unable to bother the baby unless they jump the seat. I have a 1.5 year old son and both his car seats fit fine right behind the drivers seat. Volvo's are nice cars. Why not get a Volvo station wagon? How reliable has your Volvo been?
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    og, I have been under - impressed with the reliability of the car. I love the look of the wagons and the luxury features of the car, but simply tired of the constant little things that have to be fixed on it and the cost of each fix. Stupid stuff like $1500 for a headlight and $500 per corner for the electronically controlled shocks. Some features are awesome, just tired of the constant drain.
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    My wife and I are looking to start a family. I'm coming from a much smaller car than you (Miata) and I went with the hatch for the versatility factor. Have fun!

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    Re: Another convert to the family OR new baby dictates a new car....

    I would take the fog lights off the "need" list, they don't work very well. With that said, definitely go with the hatch. The 08+ models have plebty of space in the back seat. I have 3 kids (out of car seats) and they all fit fine back there. If I ever felt like letting my hound dog in the back, he'd fit.


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    I have 2 kids (3 and 2 years old) in baby seats. The hatch is great (minus the issue I have), and I fit a new dishwasher in packaging back there with the seats down, but there are rear anchor points for the car seats (we HAVE to use them in MA - something about keeing the kids safe in the event of a crash...) that make the hatch kind of useless with 2 seats in the back. 1 might not be so bad, but if you have a large dog even 1 anchor will cramp his style in the back hatch area.



    But with the rather large Aero car seats, both my kids (both just about 36" tall) can extend their legs and kick the back of my seat, but they have leg room if they want to just sit like normal kids. They did kick the back on my seat one time before we had a 'discussion'.
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    I know the rear seats in the S60 aren't very big, but I'm surprised you can't fit a rear facing seat on the passenger side. That doesn't take care of the dog problem though, which will definitely require a hatch or SUV.
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    Yep, if the rear facing seat is installed, the passenger seat has to be completely forward which only allows seating for someone with no legs...

    Good to hear about 2 little ones and the ability to get dogs in the hatch. We only have midsize dogs for now, not planning on getting big monsters, like 60 lb max.

    Can anyone expand on the "fog lamps aren't very good"? I will search around to see what else has been posted.

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    Re: Another convert to the family OR new baby dictates a new car....

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Yep, if the rear facing seat is installed, the passenger seat has to be completely forward which only allows seating for someone with no legs...

    Good to hear about 2 little ones and the ability to get dogs in the hatch. We only have midsize dogs for now, not planning on getting big monsters, like 60 lb max.

    Can anyone expand on the "fog lamps aren't very good"? I will search around to see what else has been posted.
    I think the problem most find is that the fogs are not aimed properly from the factory.. Nothing you can't do yourself though... I believe.. Not sure on that yet.

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    I just bought a new '13 WRX hatch and I have a 2 year old god-daughter and two 75 lbs dogs. The dogs are a little cramped in the back area and i can hear them hit the back when I do a slight 2nd gear pull but my god-daughter loves it and tells me to do it again. But she also has a forward facing seat behind the passenger seat with no problems with leg room for either her or my passenger.

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    Re: Another convert to the family OR new baby dictates a new car....

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Can anyone expand on the "fog lamps aren't very good"? I will search around to see what else has been posted.
    I have the Limited with HIDs. I'd heard the fogs weren't aimed properly, so I messed with the adjustment screw, all the way on both directions. I didn't notice a significant difference. Bottom line: i can't see them when they're on, ever.

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