As my username suggests, due to the blending of my own and my partners family, I am now that proud mother of 7 children. Their ages are 15, 15, 14, 12, 10, 9 and 8. 5 boys, 2 girls. 5 are his, 2 are mine. We currently have (or my partner currently has) a pajero which seats 7, which obviously has become unsuitable. Also the oldest boy is nearly six foot, so doesn't really like sitting on the little dicky seat in the pajero. We have been looking the past 6 months for a 9 seater van and am not having too much luck. I moved in in February so it has only become a need in the last month. Love the nissan el grand, but is only 8 seats, one of which is for under 12 years, and an extra seat placed in front would also be for under 12. Then we have considered the delica, which is 4wd, but they seem a little flat on the power, and again only has 8 seats. All cars out there seemed to be geared towards 8 people. We regularly tow a van, and would prefer 4wd to give greater flexibility in snow areas.
What do other people with 7+children use? And has anyone actually converted a delica or el grand to 9 seats?