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A good priced 7 seat car...help please.

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Hello helpful people!! I'm after some advice and I know someone on here may be able to help. I am after a 7 seater car as I HATE my Vauxhall Zafira. I may possibly be after a 5 seater as long as it is large and can fit in 3 car seats comfortably. My budget is around £4,000 but can go to £5,000 at a push. What cars are there that are available around this price mark. I've seen Zafiras and Kia Sedonas around this price buit nothing else unless it is really old which I don't want. Just wondered what is out there and what experience people have of them.
Thanks a million
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#1
Fiat Multipla 6 full seats-have had mine 8 years! its been the best thing we ever got. Takes 3 kids car seats at the back and 3 full seats up font and you will get a recent one for your budget i think?
they may look ugly but you get used to it :)

on ebay just to get an idea 2005 from a dealer less than £5000
#2
Citroen Synergie or C8?
Peugeot 806 or 807?
Fiat Ulyssee?

All much of a muchness

Ford Galaxy?
VW Sharan?
Seat Alhambra?
#3
we have a citroen c8 looked at the zafira and wasnt big enough for us I can get the 7 seats up and still get the buggy in the back plus some shopping the seats fold down when you are not using them and the back doors slide open, handy in narrow parking spaces, its exactly the same body kit as the peugot 807 and the fiat ulysee. we went to see the others that plumerman01 has mention but found this one to be the most verstile. go see them all and you will find whats best for you I know a lot of people get the kia sedona mainly due to price but the seats dont move, and it doesnt have the sliding door. best bet as I said is to go and see them all and think about what you really need the car to have space wise

if a five seat is ok then what about a vauxhaul vectra I got 3 car seat in the back of it and it has a large boot as well, had an astra too but the boot is tiny in them, nissan as well think it was a primera we had big boot and takes 3 car seats you really just need to try them out
#4
tracyhay
we have a citroen c8 looked at the zafira and wasnt big enough for us I can get the 7 seats up and still get the buggy in the back plus some shopping the seats fold down when you are not using them and the back doors slide open, handy in narrow parking spaces, its exactly the same body kit as the peugot 807 and the fiat ulysee. we went to see the others that plumerman01 has mention but found this one to be the most verstile. go see them all and you will find whats best for you I know a lot of people get the kia sedona mainly due to price but the seats dont move, and it doesnt have the sliding door. best bet as I said is to go and see them all and think about what you really need the car to have space wise


point about doors is important...we use wide spaces as the car is wider and our son has a disabled badge so its not an issue. I liked it when he was small as its so roomy i could get in easily with him in my arms and then put him in his seat...the car i had before had airbags i couldnt turn off so he was in the back all the time-i got wet putting him in if it ained and he was in the back and even with the special mirror i wasnt happy...its nice to have two adults up front and him in the middle esp on long journeys:thumbsup:
our 3 rear seats ae easy out and makes a van size space...but if you just need 5 you could leave one folded forwad or remove to then get more luggage space(we did this when we did a booze cruise lol (o/h called it a legoland trip)
#5
You are all so helpful. I'm just looking through them all now, definately like the look of the Citroen and Fiat, I had never even heard of the Citroen before. The newer Fiat model looks good too
#6
plumberman01
point about doors is important...we use wide spaces as the car is wider and our son has a disabled badge so its not an issue. I liked it when he was small as its so roomy i could get in easily with him in my arms and then put him in his seat...the car i had before had airbags i couldnt turn off so he was in the back all the time-i got wet putting him in if it ained and he was in the back and even with the special mirror i wasnt happy...its nice to have two adults up front and him in the middle esp on long journeys:thumbsup:
our 3 rear seats ae easy out and makes a van size space...but if you just need 5 you could leave one folded forwad or remove to then get more luggage space(we did this when we did a booze cruise lol (o/h called it a legoland trip)


yep all the rear seats and middle ones can be removed from the citroen as well great for the car boot in the summer:thumbsup: the doors make a big difference to us much easier to get the kids in and out, especially in narrow spaces, no squashing them out lol! we usually leave the 2 back ones folded as we only need the 3 in the back except when auntie visits handy to have the extra seat then, but the buggy fits in the back without even having to fold it down and its a p&t buggy so its not little, saving you loads of time and hassle also, I wouldnt swap mine for anything now
#7
tracyhay
yep all the rear seats and middle ones can be removed from the citroen as well great for the car boot in the summer:thumbsup: the doors make a big difference to use much easier to get the kids in and out, especially in narrow spaces, no squashing them out lol! we usually leave the 2 back ones folded as we only need the 3 in the back except when auntie visits hand to have the extra seat then, but the buggy fits in the back without even having to fold it down and its a p&t buggy so its not little, saving you loads of time and hassle also, I wouldnt swap mine for anything now



looks good to me:thumbsup:

and 2004 is £4000-4500 on ebay
#8
plumberman01
looks good to me:thumbsup:

and 2004 is £4000-4500 on ebay


cool thats a good price we paid £8000 for our 2 years ago its a diesel version though, its an 04 as well, peugot 807 is exactly the same, engine is slightly more powerful i think, ours is 2.0 its a little sluggish would go for the 2.2 if you dont mind the extra diesel cost, or maybe more efficent if the car isnt working as hard?
#9
tracyhay
cool thats a good price we paid £8000 for our 2 years ago its a diesel version though, its an 04 as well


yeh i even found one locally £4400 item number 180489182154
#10
I never even thought about looking on ebay. Fiat Doblo is winning so far as you seem to get newer and less miles for your money. Very ugly though but I just need something reliable!!!
#11
wookiemummy
I never even thought about looking on ebay. Fiat Doblo is winning so far as you seem to get newer and less miles for your money. Very ugly though but I just need something reliable!!!


Doblo is uglier than a multipla:w00t:
#12
used ebay as a benchmak fo prices...if you know anyone goes to the auctions it would be a lot less? and most at auction are warrantied or guaranteed mileage etc...you can get a bargain?
#13
plumberman01
Doblo is uglier than a multipla:w00t:


Duh, meant a multipla..thats why I can't find one on ebay!!!:oops:
#14
You mentioned that you may be able to get away with 5 seats. A cheap practical car is the citroen berlingo.
Been called ugly and pope mobile like but has enormous practicality and load carrying ability.
http://www.whatcar.com/car-reviews/citroen/berlingo-multispace-mpv/readers-reviews/25790-7
#15
WoolyM
You mentioned that you may be able to get away with 5 seats. A cheap practical car is the citroen berlingo.
Been called ugly and pope mobile like but has enormous practicality and load carrying ability.
http://www.whatcar.com/car-reviews/citroen/berlingo-multispace-mpv/readers-reviews/25790-7


will it take 3 childseats cos that was my problem:x
#16
plumberman01
will it take 3 childseats cos that was my problem:x


sorry can't answer that but maybe someone else can :thumbsup:
#17
WoolyM
sorry can't answer that but maybe someone else can :thumbsup:


looks like newer ones maybe-nice option tho with large boot:thumbsup:
#18
They do take 3 seats. I use them on holiday and tehy are great and cheap too hire and fit loads in the boot only problem is they really are a bit too ugly to use as a permanent car. Multipla is probably as ugly as I will go. But thank you anyway for your suggestion and if you don't mind what it looks like I would definately recommend it.

Although I have just seen the new one which isn't actually too bad. It is out of my price range though
#19
we have a 7 seater shogun :)
#20
I know it's a bit of a pain, but I bet if you went along to one of those big Car Supermarket places with your car seats they'd be more than happy to let you check that the seats would fit if they thought they'd be getting a sale. I've got a 2002 Mondeo Estate which has a nice big boot and as much legroom as you're likely to find with the advantage of being a nice car to drive. Diesel is very nice, but expensive when the dual mass flywheel and clutch need replacing (£700+).

[url]www.parkers.co.uk[/url] is as good a place as any to find out about used cars.
#21
wookiemummy
They do take 3 seats. I use them on holiday and tehy are great and cheap too hire and fit loads in the boot only problem is they really are a bit too ugly to use as a permanent car. Multipla is probably as ugly as I will go. But thank you anyway for your suggestion and if you don't mind what it looks like I would definately recommend it.

Although I have just seen the new one which isn't actually too bad. It is out of my price range though


yeh the newer ones are nicer to look at. Multipla is ok-when we first got it we used to get people asking questions and could they look in it...cos cars with 3 seats and looking butt ugly were rare lol

now we have so many locally...theyre so popular. I must say too we have been to france etc in ours and its been fab. Only ever had the usual repairs...tyres, exhaust parts, bakes and recently front springs(speedbumps:x) so we cant complain...ours is petrol and the o/h reckons we get around 46mpg but if i was you if you get one get a diesel. You can also get aircon which would have been a bonus for us. I like the seats and the extra lighter sockets for kids toys/dvd players, the over-head glove pockets and sunglass pockets etc are good too. Well im a woman its what i look for:-D
#22
What about a Hyundai Trajet (Diesel does about 40+ MPG)
#23
Hi. I make my living selling cars. For god sake do not buy a Citroën or a fiat or any car from auction (general sale) we are a main dealer and only send cars to auction that have big repair bills e,g a mini cooper, with sat nav,multi cd, leather, tints etc - the sat nav was goosed the changer had water ingress and the steering rack needed changing in all a 7k repair bill. Luckly after a good polish and tart up we got our money Back on that Lemmon (7k) and some poor soul was stung. Why would any dealer send a car to auction if there was a profit oppertunity? Only auction buy if ex motab or lease car . If I were you I would buy a galaxy, Alhambra or sharan granted it may be older but much better than the rest
#24
simon4059
Hi. I make my living selling cars. For god sake do not buy a Citroën or a fiat or any car from auction (general sale) we are a main dealer and only send cars to auction that have big repair bills e,g a mini cooper, with sat nav,multi cd, leather, tints etc - the sat nav was goosed the changer had water ingress and the steering rack needed changing in all a 7k repair bill. Luckly after a good polish and tart up we got our money Back on that Lemmon (7k) and some poor soul was stung. Why would any dealer send a car to auction if there was a profit oppertunity? Only auction buy if ex motab or lease car . If I were you I would buy a galaxy, Alhambra or sharan granted it may be older but much better than the rest


Many main dealers send 3 year old + cars to auction regardless of condition, especially if from a different marque. Otherwise it looks bad on the forecourt, but I am sure you know that.
#25
tracyhay
we have a citroen c8 looked at the zafira and wasnt big enough for us I can get the 7 seats up and still get the buggy in the back plus some shopping the seats fold down when you are not using them and the back doors slide open, handy in narrow parking spaces, its exactly the same body kit as the peugot 807 and the fiat ulysee. we went to see the others that plumerman01 has mention but found this one to be the most verstile. go see them all and you will find whats best for you I know a lot of people get the kia sedona mainly due to price but the seats dont move, and it doesnt have the sliding door. best bet as I said is to go and see them all and think about what you really need the car to have space wise

if a five seat is ok then what about a vauxhaul vectra I got 3 car seat in the back of it and it has a large boot as well, had an astra too but the boot is tiny in them, nissan as well think it was a primera we had big boot and takes 3 car seats you really just need to try them out


I have a kia sedona and mine has sliding rear doors, I searched most of the cars mentioned on here and found the kia sedona to be the best for my needs. I too need space for 3 car seats, as I have 3 small children and an older child, prior to having my last child I had a picasso and they are great if you need only 5 seats, as the back seat is 3 individual seats so would easily take 3 car seats.
#26
ellietubs
I have a kia sedona and mine has sliding rear doors, I searched most of the cars mentioned on here and found the kia sedona to be the best for my needs. I too need space for 3 car seats, as I have 3 small children and an older child, prior to having my last child I had a picasso and they are great if you need only 5 seats, as the back seat is 3 individual seats so would easily take 3 car seats.


How long have you had the sedona? Any problems with it. I like the look of it but the engine size and automatic puts me off. A nice looking car though
#27
simon4059
Hi. I make my living selling cars. For god sake do not buy a Citroën or a fiat or any car from auction (general sale) we are a main dealer and only send cars to auction that have big repair bills e,g a mini cooper, with sat nav,multi cd, leather, tints etc - the sat nav was goosed the changer had water ingress and the steering rack needed changing in all a 7k repair bill. Luckly after a good polish and tart up we got our money Back on that Lemmon (7k) and some poor soul was stung. Why would any dealer send a car to auction if there was a profit oppertunity? Only auction buy if ex motab or lease car . If I were you I would buy a galaxy, Alhambra or sharan granted it may be older but much better than the rest


What is wrong with Fiats? I do like the Sharan but looking at it being a lot older with lots more miles!

Everyone is being so helpful, thank you again
#28
wookiemummy
What is wrong with Fiats? I do like the Sharan but looking at it being a lot older with lots more miles!

Everyone is being so helpful, thank you again


well i was told watch fiats and i have done for 8 years:w00t: and ive said what repairs we have had...and i wouldnt hesitate to get a multipla again-im not mechanically minded but its comfortable, practical, spacious and the kids love it too. Oh and in 8 years it has NEVER broken down or not started(oh well once when the kids left the rear interior lights on)

i wasnt suggesting WM that you buy any old tat at the auctions...we were there last week and so many leasehire vehicles with full service history, mileage guarantees etc...its not the shonky place to buy a vehicle it once was...i would def consider it:thumbsup:
#29
What's wrong with fiat? Fiat have cone consistantly in the "very poor" catogory in the which, JD power surveys. Unrealiable and deprieciate soo much, if you can streach the budget a tad, say to 7k you could get a Honda FR-V 1.7 SE it is a 6 seater like a multipla but a good car. It has a VTEC Engine, Honda has made over 23 million vtec engines without a single vtec faulire, (I work for Honda). the great thing about the fr-v is all six seats are in the safety cell of the car unlike your zafira or galaxy etc which has the back seats in the crumple zone, On. Person above said that cars from auctions are warrantied. It's the mileage that is warrantied meaning the seller ticks a box to say he believes the milage us genuine. Cars at aution are sold as seen. I would not recomend auction to anyone unless ex motabily or ex lease car NEVER general sale
#30
Just Been looking on autotrader.co.uk there are 3 fr-v's under £6000 (one under £5500, but not specified the mileage) from dealers meaning they must have a warranty.
#31
simon4059
What's wrong with fiat? Fiat have cone consistantly in the "very poor" catogory in the which, JD power surveys. Unrealiable and deprieciate soo much, if you can streach the budget a tad, say to 7k you could get a Honda FR-V 1.7 SE it is a 6 seater like a multipla but a good car. It has a VTEC Engine, Honda has made over 23 million vtec engines without a single vtec faulire, (I work for Honda). the great thing about the fr-v is all six seats are in the safety cell of the car unlike your zafira or galaxy etc which has the back seats in the crumple zone, On. Person above said that cars from auctions are warrantied. It's the mileage that is warrantied meaning the seller ticks a box to say he believes the milage us genuine. Cars at aution are sold as seen. I would not recomend auction to anyone unless ex motabily or ex lease car NEVER general sale


if it was me you're refering to i didnt say cars had a warranty..i said service history and warrantied mileage...
i am not a dealer but i saw plenty of dealers buying....

WM im not trying to ill advise you and i have said im not technical...just a mum-apologies if ive done something wrong x
#32
plumberman01
if it was me you're refering to i didnt say cars had a warranty..i said service history and warrantied mileage...
i am not a dealer but i saw plenty of dealers buying....

WM im not trying to ill advise you and i have said im not technical...just a mum-apologies if ive done something wrong x


I know you are trying to help, as am I, people have different opions, i was merely pointing out it could be confusing mentioning warranty when buying at auction, i was just saying what i would/wouldn't do.
#33
There is a Honda not too far from me..think I'll go and check it out. Thanks. I like this 3 seats in the front business. Much better than folding seats in the boot. I've never felt comfy with the children in the boot
#34
i have a zafira for childminding and love it.........but i also loved my renault scenic if you only need 5 seats, can definately get 3 x carseats in the back as i did when i started childminding.

i also had a renault espace 7 seater...........nice big cars with loads of space and removeable seats etc but i just couldn't park it haha!
#35
We've got a Citroen C8, 54 plate. Bought it off Autotrader 2yrs ago with 80k on the clock for £4,200, so I guess you could pick them up for £3k now (better model/lower mileage if you've got more to spend I suppose). As stated previously, it's exactly the same car as the Fiat Ulysee and the Peugeot 807. However there are a few differences - our Citroen has 3 sunroofs and captains chairs (a bit of a gimmick but nice if you do picnics with the kids - the front seats swivel round to face the rear ones).

We've also had the Fiat Ulysee which we bought as an ex-demo about 5yrs ago for £11k at the time. Great body shape, loved the car (which is why we bought the Citroen this time) but the engine packed in, and Fiat's customer service was absolutely appalling - from both the local main dealer and the head office. Also much less in the way of interior features, less 12v plug sockets, none of the other extras mentioned.

We had a Grand Voyager too, which was a disaster for us as it was auto and I nearly killed us by pressing the 'clutch' which was actually the brake on several occasions. But it's another good cheap option if you don't mind the fact you'll probably not find a manual one.

My sis-in-law had a Sedona, bought brand new about 6yrs ago. They liked it, but the build quality wasn't brilliant - lots of bits of plastic falling off internally which doesn't matter too much, but makes you worry about what's under the bonnet. I know many people have great things to say about Kia though.

So although a lot of people don't like Citroen (I don't really either) in my book the C8 (probably 807 too, not got any experience of those) is by far the best of the bunch in terms of practicality. The removeable seats are a bit of a pain to get in and out, but there's tons of room inside, the sliding doors are brilliant for the kids, and there's loads of storage spaces internally. Got a little fridge for cooling drinks, sockets for DVD players, armrests - lots of little things that make a difference. Ours is petrol (hence it was cheaper) which we're regretting now as we've started towing a caravan and it's ridiculously underpowered, but if you're not planning on towing it's not bad - about 35mpg.

Good luck!
#36
Thanks everyone...having trawled through everywhere I've decided on a renault grand scenic which i thinkis the only car not mentioned on here. I too loved my scenic so to find one with 7 seats is great. Just need to find a black 1.5 diesel now!!!

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