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  1. Fleetwood T. Brougham
    March 29, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    Thanks for writing in, Scirocconut. I believe I can help….

    [image src=" 3.bp.blogspot.com/_ytbPYtZNH5I/S5lfkOTvvlI/AAAAAAAAAzU/14EZWRk1yVA/s1600-h/roccolimo.jpg" width="400px"/]

    • FTB
      March 29, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

      Darn it, trying again.

      [image src=" 3.bp.blogspot.com/_ytbPYtZNH5I/S5lfkOTvvlI/AAAAAAAAAzU/14EZWRk1yVA/s1600-h/roccolimo.jpg"/]

    • FTB
      March 29, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

      I give up. Another good joke killed by html. Just go here: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_ytbPYtZNH5I/S5lfkOTvvlI/AAAAAAAAAzU/14EZWRk1yVA/s1600-h/roccolimo.jpg

    • sean scott
      March 29, 2017 @ 10:01 pm

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    • Gianni
      March 29, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

      Maybe this will work:

      [image src=" i60.servimg.com/u/f60/15/00/38/78/roccol10.jpg" width="400px"/]

    • sean scott
      March 29, 2017 @ 11:28 pm

      F' ing magician. I don't know how you did it. Maybe some sort of sorcery.

    • FTB
      March 30, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

      How did you get that to work? I tried twice and nuthin….

  2. Matt Cramer
    March 29, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

    He didn't specify a budget; would he be able to afford a Tesla Model S? You'd never guess they are available with 3rd row seating by looking at them, but they are.

    On a tighter budget, I'm going to suggest he get this. I found a slightly more entertaining 850R wagon, but couldn't figure out if it had the third row seat.

  3. sean scott
    March 29, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

    Hold onto your wallet…..
    R63

  4. Zach
    March 29, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

    Vince has an excellent answer. M(azda)5 FTW.

  5. Scirocconut
    March 29, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Alas, my budget does not enter the stratospheric realms of the Tesla S or R63, but man, the model S would be pretty sweet.

    Mazda 5 seems like the clear winner although its generally poor (even for its class) crash testing is a little bit worrisome. Definitely worth a test drive.

    The V70/850R is pretty much what I had in mind, although the idea of buying a Volvo with 150k+ miles on it is not one that is going to fly. I tried to find this on the internet but was unsuccessful, does anyone know what the last year that the V70 was sold with the optional 3rd row? 2002 seems like it might be it. Would be nice to know if a slightly newer (and less traveled) V70 might be an option.

    Of course, it is looking more and more likely that the outcome is going to be to go with a standard 5-seater and just make the parents/in-laws hitch a ride with someone else. Might be better for everyone.

    • Zach
      March 31, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

      Saw this pop up here in AK the other day – you may have to source a third row seat to install, but va va voom!

      anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/6065519039.html
      v70r.com/forums/topic/12969-can-a-third-row-seat-be-added/

  6. Unknown
    March 29, 2017 @ 11:43 pm

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Production_Group

    Obviously…

  7. bubba goat
    March 30, 2017 @ 1:22 am

    Saab 96 wagon – seven passengers in a shoebox. Who knew Swedes were such little people.

  8. DRV
    March 30, 2017 @ 4:06 am

    Drove my sons Mazda 5 I gave him 9 years ago today and it feels great. My daughters is in a junkyard somewhere after hitting a highway divider at about a 10 degree angle from head on toward the driver side at around 50 mph. She walked away.
    The size and feel is perfect in my experience.

  9. Unknown
    March 30, 2017 @ 4:35 am

    Mercedes E350 wagon (or E320, etc). Rear facing jump seats standard, so the young uns can pull faces at the highway patrol behind you. Does it all, and with class. Doesn't feel like a compromise when you drive it solo. Just hope it doesn't break on you.

  10. DailyTurismo
    March 30, 2017 @ 6:07 am

    I think I've figured out the answer…you've got to look to the past…because not too long ago you could get a 6-passenger sedan without a third row…YUP, front bench seats rule! More coming in tomorrow's THURSDAY TWISTER!!

  11. JB1025
    March 30, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

    Who needs a Budget…..? Ok what is it….lol

  12. JB1025
    March 30, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

    Does anybody have Exp with the 5 Cyl. Volvo's there seems to be plenty @ my local Auctions with bad motors…..

  13. ABikePeddler
    March 31, 2017 @ 7:14 am

    Mazda5 is a brilliant vehicle. I have rented 3 of these in the past for extensive family road trips and just love them. The size is excellent and they have that Mazda feeling in terms of handling and spirited powertrains. Not that the car is fast by any means, it is just, well it reminds me of my 2013 Honda Fit. It is "willing". Plus the Mazda5 is available with a manual transmission! My good friend bought a manual Mazda5 which I drove all over Connecticut and NY area one summer and it was so much better then the automatic. It is what I consider the perfect do everything car.

  14. ABikePeddler
    March 31, 2017 @ 7:16 am

    Oh, and my DD is a Tesla Model X and I STILL think the Mazda5 is a better car overall. That is just how good the Mazda5 is.

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