Anybody have any experience with these:
Mods - feel free to move if necessary, this seemed like the place as this is the kind of thing I like to talk about around the fire.
Here's the dilemma - With two kids we need a 3rd row anywhere from 2 - 4 times per month. It's not a huge problem, but if you've been in that position and there's 5 Brownies and only three seats..... It's like that old math problem with the boat crossing the river and how many trips does it take, etc...
Both of our cars are well aged, but both are well maintained and of breeds that tend to go a long way. (Subaru Outback with just under 100k and 4Runner with 203k). Also, primary point - both are paid for. I haven't had a car payment in five years.
So we've been looking at new vehicles with third rows - my wife has made it pretty clear that she is not driving a mini-van, and while the convenience would be nice I can't say that I disagree.
But do I need the third row often enough to take on car payments? I don't think I do.
Also, there' not really a newish (2 -3 years old) SUV on the market that I'm all that wild about. If it was 3 years from now I'd be looking at 2010 4runner, but by then my kids probably won't want to be seen with me, so this problem will have passed.
So I found these on line. They look like a good solution for the couple of times per month when we need to put 2 or 3 extra kids in the car.
Safety wise I'm not too concerned, I'm pretty sure the 3rd gen 4runner was available with a 3rd row in other markets, and on other forums I've read about a guy who pieced together the factory jump seats from the dealer, but he was $2k in by the time he was done.
So if anybody here has used these, or other, after market 3rd row seats, I'd love some feedback. Even of the JCWhitney variet, I notice they have some too, but they don't look quite this nice.