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      06-16-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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Daddy + Mummy + Baby + Coupe

So, I picked up a 2011 coupe a couple of weeks ago and I love it, it's my second E92 and I just can't get enough of them. Anyways long story short wife's pregnant with our first child and I'm wondering if I should keep it or sell it and lost money in the process and get a bigger car.

Any dads with babies here drive coupes? What's your experience like and the negative side?

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So, I picked up a 2011 coupe a couple of weeks ago and I love it, it's my second E92 and I just can't get enough of them. Anyways long story short wife's pregnant with our first child and I'm wondering if I should keep it or sell it and lost money in the process and get a bigger car.

Any dads with babies here drive coupes? What's your experience like and the negative side?

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First, congrats on your wife's pregnancy. Your life is going to change big time soon!!

Second, I sold my E46 coupe and got a sedan because if you are going to have a child seat in the back, it really is a pain in the ass with only two doors.

That said, while it may be a pain, I think the big loss you will incurr by selling your car after only a few weeks of ownership outweighs the inconvenience associated with only having 2 doors.
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      06-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #4
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We recently had out first baby and I still have my e92. Wife drives a Rav4 but I had my son (4-months) in the e92 yesterday without problems. Little hard to get the seat in the back but no big problems. My son loves fast cornering LOL

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Congratulations! Fatherhood is great........mostly .

But in all seriousness, I had an RSX coupe before I got my e90 and tried it out with a car seat. I found, as my son got older (and heavier) I wanted a sedan. I was contorting myself more and more to get him out of the car. In my situation, it was also the argument that convinced my wife to let me get the BMW!
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As my son grow older, I want to get a SUV now... even I'm driving an E90
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As my son grow older, I want to get a SUV now... even I'm driving an E90
Yes I agree. I have a E90 and my son is 9 months old now. My wife stays with him in the backseat and although I have been able to fit another person in the back, its tight with the carseat in there.

I couldnt imagine all this in a coupe.
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If I can get my 2 yr old daughter in my 911, you can get your baby in the e92. Congrats, keep the car and enjoy the blessing. Life gets shorter from here.
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You going to risk by hitting the rear panel with the carseat or your baby slip through the car seat when you struggling to put your car seat in. But once the baby grown enough that can get in & out by him/herself than couple is fine. That's what happened to me, I used to have a prelude when my son born and when my E46 dead, we have no transportation at all since it is too hard to put an infant car seat on a 2 dr car. But I went back to coupe 3yr ago when time to trade in my E46 since my son was over 5yr old and has no problem manage in & out by himself. And E92 back seat is very roomy when compare to my friend's CLK.
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This weekend I plan to install (just for a weekend cruise) my 2 kids car seats in my E92. One infant (rear facing), and one 4 year old.
I will post my findings (maybe even some pics)
Gettiing rid of the car is not an option for me!!!
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Congrats on the baby. Welcome to fatherhood.

I have twin girls and still have the E92. They are 13-1/2 months old now. I do use the E92 during the week to transport them to and from the babysitter. On the weekends, we use the S4 since it's easier with 4-door.







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Wow ... Thanks everybody for the kind wishes, advise and tips.

vwong These pix are just awesome, made me feel better about keeping the car.

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Congrats on the baby. Welcome to fatherhood.

I have twin girls and still have the E92. They are 13-1/2 months old now. I do use the E92 during the week to transport them to and from the babysitter. On the weekends, we use the S4 since it's easier with 4-door.







Twin infants! & a driving a coupe, you are officially THE MAN. A never give up spirit...lol love it
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I transport my 1.5 yr old girl and 6 yr old boy daily in my coupe. Even recently, myself and the family (wife + 2 kids) packed into the e92 to make a 6 hr road trip (one way ) for a week getaway. It was pretty comfortable.

Bottom line is, if you enjoy driving your car enough, you will find a way to make it work. My wife does have a Toyota Avalon for the days with just more than family riding along.
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Definately keep the coupe. I had an 1990 Accord Coupe when my first child was born. We got a baby seat that clicked into a base that you leave in the car. I even kept the coupe for almost a year after my second child was born. But when time came to replace the car, I went 4 door. Now I drive a 335i sedan, with Dinan ('cause you need to be able to do a 13 second 1/4 mile with the kids in the backseat)

Bigger issue might be fitting the stroller into the trunk. I suggest you bring the coupe when shopping for a stroller and make sure it does.
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can it be done? quick answer is yes. would a sedan/wagon/suv/minivan be MUCH more convenient? heck yes.

yes you'll lose some money by selling or trading in, but you really will be hurting your back in the long run by turning and twisting it to get the seat in and out.

i know a lot of you probably are dads and still drive your coupes, but for me...its all about convenience now. my sedan is still lowered on 19's and i can get away with it, but the second i find out i have another baby on the way....i'm getting a larger vehicle...and yes, the toyota sienna sport is on the top of my list (never thought i'd say that!)
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I have two girls below the age of 2. I still have my 135i. We have an X3 to transport the girls
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Bigger issue might be fitting the stroller into the trunk. I suggest you bring the coupe when shopping for a stroller and make sure it does.
If I can fit my double stroller in the trunk, a single stroller should fit without any problems.
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Congrats on the life altering blessing OP!

If you have a second larger car, it will work. I've always had a coupe, even when my first was born, we have two now (aged 3 & 5). The older one can actually get himself in/out of the e92.

The key is selecting compact car seats such as the Peg Perego for the baby. Good Luck!
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So this is your family's only car? If it is, I could see your wife getting tired of it soon. But if it's not, definitely keep it! It is totally doable, though legroom for the front passenger will be tight, as the rear facing seats take up more room than forward facing ones.

Yeah, it's a bit more work than a sedan, especially in the first couple of years because (as you can see from the pics above) with an infant seat as well as the toddler seat after, the seats will be facing backwards.

In my coupe, I have two booster seats for our two little kids, and it's perfectly fine for the ten times a week I drive them around.
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You WILL find it a pain in the beginning. For the first year (ish) while they are rear facing is most difficult. However, once they are forward facing you won't care. The only other problem is that the trunk is tiny for more strollers, etc.
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