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    Are any of your kids in a booster yet? Or close to it?

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    DD1 is 4 so i think she could but she is still quite petite. Are boosters smaller in width? I thought they were about as wide as a normal child restraint but i've not looked into it much?

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    I LOVE my Territory. LOVE it. I don't find it that thirsty. Can do about 600kms on a tank. Which for me is about a months travel unless I have a lot of long trips. The new diesel would get even more.

    We only have the 2 car seats, but it's very roomy and comfortable. We've never had any issues with it. And did I mention that I LOVE it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyLarge View Post
    That's a fairly harsh review, and probably more than a bit unfair.

    The Territory is a good car, with limitations brought about by the usual compromise between price and function.

    They ARE very thirsty. They are a big car with a lot of metal to move. Short of putting them on gas, you're not going to find too many cars that size and that price that do much better. There is also a kernel of truth to the reliability comment. There are a few issues that have cropped up more often that you'd expect - front ball joint failures, diff failures, some problems with the 4-speed auto transmission and a few other niggles. But compared to other Australian-built vehicles, they are not especially poor - they are just built to a price that precludes the reliability standards of the Germans and some of the Japanese. Holden Commodores, for example, have a similar list of common failures. When you sell a lot of cars and you're building to a price, you get component failures. It's just a fact of life. Plenty more have given nothing but trouble-free motoring.

    The Territory has some excellent selling points, though. They share many parts with the Falcon, so parts are plentiful and cheap. Servicing costs are far less than some of the competition. They also handle brilliantly for the type - I've heard and read a lot of people say that the handling is on par with the BMW X5, and better than the Mercedes ML and everything else on the market. I think that might be pushing it a bit, but there can be no denying that they are very good. The 6-speed transmission is brilliant, and the same box used in Jaguars, Range Rovers, Rolls Royces, Maseratis and BMWs.

    They are also comparatively cheap to insure, and are an absolute steal on the just-out-of-warranty used car market. There are also plenty out there, so if you spend a bit of time looking around and get a professional inspection before you buy, there are some good bargains to be had.
    Trust a bloke to write an essay length reply in a car thread!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    DD1 is 4 so i think she could but she is still quite petite. Are boosters smaller in width? I thought they were about as wide as a normal child restraint but i've not looked into it much?
    Yes, the boosters are narrower. In fact I could easily fit a booster in between DS's booster and DD's convertible SafeNSound car seat if I had to and my car is a Toyota Camry (just to give you an idea).

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    Okay, well that opens up a new world of possibilities - i didn't even really think of a booster seat
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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    Okay, well that opens up a new world of possibilities - i didn't even really think of a booster seat
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    If you're wanting a booster that's narrow, look at the Infa Secure one or others with that shape. I bought DS the Infa Secure Vario Kid Max because it is rated as very safe, but there are a lot that are no doubt just as safe in the narrow style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mopoke View Post
    Trust a bloke to write an essay length reply in a car thread!!!
    Essay length? It was five paragraphs - I don't know how many essays you've written (or read, for that matter) but I think you're giving me a little too much credit.

    Bloke or not, I have a little knowledge in the area and I like to help when I can.

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    Look at something more reliable if u can. My husband was a service manager at a ford dealership and the trouble they had with the territory was crazy. That said we are based in the country and a lot of the problems were made worse from dirt road driving. He always says that they drive nice when they are going!

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    I have a vz commodore and when I'm looking after my niece I fit 3 car seats across it very comfortably.


 

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