totally agree with you, we just had a baby, well 9 months ago and i got the new x3 35i for my wife to take the kid around, great car not to big not too small.
Originally Posted by geko29
You don't need a 9 passenger SUV for one newborn--that's just crazy talk. We made the mistake of buying our RX350 because we were having a baby, and it was totally unnecessary. If we could go back, we would have gotten another 3, perhaps a 5, or even a Maxima (used Lexus LS and 7-series would have made the list too, thanks to the massive depreciation).
All 4 car seats (Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant, Recaro Como convertible, Britax Frontier 85 convertible, and now Evenflo Big Kid LX booster) fit fine in my old E46, which is smaller than an E90. I now have my 49", 64lb kindergartener in a belt-positioning booster seat (the Big Kid LX) behind me (6'5") in my 335d, and there's no problem. All 3 strollers we went through also fit fine in the trunk, and the biggest one that fit the least well we only used for about a year. The Maclaren umbrella stroller that gets used more frequently than the other two by a factor of 300 would fit in the trunk of a Smart Fortwo.
You THINK you need a massive SUV that's slow, handles ponderously, and gets 12mpg, but you really don't. Trust me.
For myself, since I just traded my 2000 E46 323i for a 2011 E90 335d last month, I'm a ways off. But it's not unlikely that my next car will be whatever the equivalent of the 335i/335d is in the generation after the F30. If I can dream, M350d or M550d.
Or perhaps we'll do a mid-cycle add (instead of replace) for a C7 Corvette.