Last night, my girlfriend told me she is keen on having a baby ... ehhh!! .. G...
I started panicking, thinking how our 147 would handle a screaming baby throwing up on the leather seats and dirty prams scratching the paint of the tailgate.
My first thought was: Is there enough room for a pram or stroller in a 5 door 147 (the boot is tiny). Or do i have to trade it in for Sportwagon?
Does anyone of you 147 guys have kids? How is your baby handling a baby?
Ah, thought about the same thing, parked on a gas station one day, and I saw two kids climbing aruond (literally) on a Mitsubishi Carisma or somethng like that. In and out of the windows, on the bonnet and everything, and I thought: No kids until I can afford to buy another car, hehe! But then again being a bachelor now, it's not really an issue, I only have one baby!
Good luck anyway Tormod! I'm sure you can fit a pram in there somehow...
My lady also seems very keen on the patter of tiny feet! One reason I didn't buy a GTV although I did try to convince her that there was enough room in the back. Didn't work though, therefore 156. BUT, if Alfa brings out a nice new Coupe there will be no more family outings [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
I've got the same problem as you, only a lot more imminent! We actually went to one of those baby shops to have a look at prams etc, and luckily they let us take a few out to the car park to see if they fit in the Alfa. Well, some do easily and some don't, although even the biggest one we tried would've gone in if we'd taken the wheels off (off the pram that is, not the Alfa).
So the bottom line is if you want some enormous Mary Poppins style contraption, you probably need a new car. Otherwise, you shouldn't have any trouble finding something that fits easily. (Not sure how the Bose stereo would affect things though.)
It's all very well being able to fit a pram or buggy in the boot but remeber all the other tons of stuff you will have to carry round for the first few months! Nappies, bottles, food, toys tons of spare clothes for every occasion and weather condition. Now try to imagine getting all that lot out of the boot whilst trying to wrestle a pram in during your wet/freezing Scandinavian winter. at the same time you are trying to keep calm whilst your baby has had a screaming fit and puked down the back of your jacket, your girlfriend/wife is a neurotic wreck having not slept in the last six months and every time you put your foot down she screams at you to slow down for the sake of the baby!
Do yourself a favour a go and buy a cheap Volvo Estate as a second car! You can just throw it all in the back and trundle off, leaving your 147 for those rare moments of blissful peace on your own!
Don't let me put you off kids though, they're the best thing ever and more than worth a few sacrifices!. By the way leather upholstery is essential as you can just wipe it down. Getting sick, sticky sweets, mud and worse out of velour is a nightmare and you never quite get rid of the smell! [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]
156 Saloon just about copes with 2 kids, unlike the velour seats which have gone all bobbly where the older one likes kicking the back of my seat.
Had to buy a roofrack to get down to the airport - 3 big suitcases, 4 lots of hand luggage and 2 buggies - looking to get a PT Cruiser (Nice 2.4 Turbo) to replace my wife's Nissan Micra
I went thru the same dilema a couple of months ago.
Ive got a 18 month old girl and a ford puma. I can currently get everything into that car and it is tiny! However, it would be nice to have a little more space. I took a look at the sportswagon and it was just TOO big for me. I sat in the 147 and fell in love. My order is placed and Im patiently waiting. The boot IS small comparde to other cars in the class but it is bigger than the puma's and its got 5 doors so I can get the wee one into the back without banging her head on the door frame [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
Just do it. If you want it enough, you'll make it work.
We are currently thinking about adding another to our clan so maybe Ill upgrade in a while [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img] But Ill worry about that when it happens [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
Coochy coochy coo.
Child not imminent....will have to wait until all the performance tuning mods are done. A man must keep his sense of priorities, but I did choose the 5 door over the 3 with this very thought in mind.
After the tuning mind.
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From reading this article it has put me off ever having kids.
Boy's you all have nice cars, when your misses starts talking about the patter of tiny feet. Get in your Alfa and drive it and don't stop. It will also be cheaper this way [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
Oh god! forgot the mother in law! On second thoughts don't buy that old Volvo estate. Just squeeze the lot into your 147 and there won't be room for her as well!
Good Luck! [img]smilies/eek.gif[/img] [img]smilies/eek.gif[/img] [img]smilies/eek.gif[/img]
If you're worried about your offspring messing up your precious Alfa get another older car where it doesn't matter if it get scratched.
I've been fairly lucky in that my son - 7 - has picked up my love of cars and is always careful around the 156 (and other peoples cars I might add). He's also a Michael Schumacher/Ferrari fan (too young to understand the Austria thing).
I think its all about training from an early age. Kids look upon their parents as role models when they're young. But you don't want to stifle a childs natural exuberance(sp?). Greasy fingerprints on the windows and crumbs on the upholstry are nothing to clean up. I've put a large towel on the back seat to stop the booster seat rubbing on the leather and this collects most of the crumbs as well. So there are things you can do to protect the interior with getting all anal about it (as I am sometings guilty of).
To protect the back bumper you can use a blanket in the boot and just pull it out over the lip when loading then just tuck it back in when finished. Also makes it easy to clean to boot - just pull the blanket out and shake.
I had a Ford Puma before my 147, the sole reason for the change was the arrival of my daughter. That was nearly 8 months ago and so far, the 147 has coped fairly well with prams etc.
The 1st pram we had was one of those travel systems which is a car seat/baby carrier/pram/pushchair. The car seat fits into the pushchair to make a pram so you don't have to take the baby out of the car seat - you take the whole carseat out. I bought this when I had the Puma - it was the only one that would fit in the boot, so it also fitted into the 147. I once managed to get a travel cot and several bags (enough for a weekend visit) in aswell as the mother in law (not in the boot!).
Having 4 doors is so much easier - I remember I couldn't get the car seat into the back of the Puma without turning it upside down (not something you do if there is a baby in it!) - luckily I didn't have an a front passenger airbag so baby Sophia went in the front passenger seat and the wife in the back for a few weeks before the Alfa arrived and made life much easier but less exciting driving wise.
If you've got your 147 now, how do you think it compares to the Puma (performance, handling etc)