My father in law has a Hyundai mini van where the rear most seat folds into the floor which is nice to fit extra stuff. (The two middle seats come out completely as well.)
Just bringing that up because I guess it depends on how much you need that rear most seat for sitting instead of just some extra storage. If that's the case, the car seats in the middle seats isn't such a big deal. If you keep the car for long enough that they're out of the car seats, the extra sitting room to truck around friends and such would be nice to have.
That's a good point. #1 might be walking well enough to not even need the stroller seat anymore by the time #2 arrives down the road.
but it's hard to get in the back with two child seats in the middle. Maybe the child seats are supposed to be in the back, but it's hard enough sometimes to get the 18 month old into the middle seat, I can't imagine trying to get her all the way in the back.
I don't know what we're going to get ... more
Does the back most seat fold down?- Erik_,Tue Sep 07 2021 2:26am
door to get in and out. It's sometimes easier to do it that way.
It's better now that we've turned #1 around to be forward facing. You're still climbing over her but at least you *can* get in from the side door, unlike when the seat was backwards facing.
We'll probably keep it for some time.... more
Yeah that sounds like a solid plan. Cars are super expensive these days with the chip shortage or whatever is going on.
Once my wife is done with nursing school, we may finally buy a "newer" car. We'll see. Currently, our newest is a 2004. The newest car I've ever owned myself was a 97 and that w... more
I haven't had any problems with them, but I also don't have a large sample size. In fact, a car produced in the last 10 years will probably be much more reliable than one produced 10 years before that, even with the computer systems.
John Deere, the tractor manufacturer, decided to DRM their par... more
I heard that some farmers were opting to keep 40+ year old tractors in service or bringing them back out once their brand new tractor died and they weren't able to fix it without paying a ton of money to John Deere.
Definitely an underhanded business model that I too hope doesn't spill over to... more
goes awry. Ask anyone who works on Windows source code, they'll tell you that it HAS bugs in it and they won't fix it unless certain conditions are met. Can you imagine hitting a bug in your car that the manufacturer won't fix and won't release anything to let someone develop a fix, and your car i... more
things could go very bad in that regard. And if the DRMs help the company create extra revenue, they'll probably go that route regardless if it screws over the customers because in the end, if they're large enough, they know they'll win.
I'm waiting to see some stupid car thing come out like:
I guess their sensor is only good for 7 years or so, but it's annoying to have to replace them. Good thing they're competitive market goods so the price is reasonable.
Some European countries have interesting "after sale" policies to prevent such nonsense. It's things like parts have to be made... more
air, so after 7 years the CO detector just won't work.
I'm sure the manufacturers don't mind. Why develop something better if they have a guaranteed revenue stream? (They're also required by law in many places and if you've got gas appliances and don't have them you NEED to get one. Seriously.... more
by law. Smoke detectors and CO detectors. When we bought our house like 6+ years ago the previous owner was like "I didn't have time to install these, but here's a box with a bunch of detectors to install".
We agreed to them and some how having the detectors available in the box like that was ... more
We had a water heater going bad that started releasing CO one night but the detector caught it. It might have affected the cat, though, as she came in and laid down which was unusual for her--around a crowd (we had some family over) she'd rather be somewhere else. Once she was moved outside she we... more