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Freddie
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been a few posts on forward facing child seats for 993s, but I was wondering if anyone knew which child seats fit in the rear of a 996 (other than the Porsche Prince). We tried 2 different makes at the week-end and neither fitted properly. If I can't find one to fit I'm going to get ear-bashed by my wife to sell my (3 month old) car. Help please!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I take it that nobody has a clue and pay a trip to my OPC and buy an official seat?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are seats from porsche, best to use these, fit best. The new model looks rather fetching!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Noony, I took your advice and bought the Porsche Prince however I have to say I am not taken by its safeness or comfort for the child. These seats lack harnesses to hold the child in and rely upon a bolster in front of the chest held in place by the seat belts. As a result I went to Halfords to try and get a different make (they said they that none of the seats they supply would be safe in the back of a 996!!).

Now I know this forum is largely for petrolheads (no offence) but there must be others out there who want to carry there young child (safely) in the back of their car. So .... can anyone shed light on either alternative seats that fit the rear of a 996 or how they have found the Prince.

Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

some people have said that the Britax freeway can work in the back. I have one that looks like it would work in my SC if it had a three point belt. Might be worth a try. It does end up quite close to the seat in front though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



I also think that the Britax Freeway fits a 996, I was looking but both my kids are bigger enough to sit in the back using the standard belts now.

There's a 4S parked next to mine in the car park with one in the back, so I guess it works for him.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that ... I tried 2 other Britax seats that most definately didn't fit so I'll give this one a go ...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our esteemed forum owner, Phil, has the Porsche bolster seat in his 993, although he only recently bought it. Maybe he will chirp up with his impressions of it... Phil?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how different the seats are in the 996, but the Prince seat fits fine in my 993. As long as you feed both parts of the belt through the "block" then it's more than enough to hold everything in place. I was concerned that there were no chest straps, but the block comes right up to the top of his chest holding him firmly in place (he's 21 months). The rear belt will need extending soon though as it's really a little too tight.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freddie,

Sorry to ambush your agony here, but you could be the man with the answers! I'm hoping to buy a 996 C2, but my wife is expecting our first child at the end of October (I know - most think I'm mad!!).

Anyway - knowing that it's probably not the most practical car in the world, one of our criteria is that at least a pram fits in the luggage compartment. I know there is a Porsche design one, but we're not rating it that highly.

Given that you're now looking for a child seat, does that mean you've managed it with a baby for the last couple of years??

If so - doe you have any suggestions for prams? Willing to remove the spare wheel as I'll have the Porsche assistance deal anyway.

Good luck with your search and any suggestions would be greatfully received!!

Cheers,

Scott


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there

i had a 3 point harness fitted by quick fit in stanmore....they specialise in this and offer all sorts of options based on weight

they are in porsche post and 911 world etc

paul

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott

Our baby is only 7 months and about to migrate to a forward facing seat in a month or so (if I can get one better than the Porsche Prince, otherwise the Porsche Prince). As for pushchairs we bought a second one for when we use the Porsche (a McLaren Volo) as this fits on the rear shelf behind the back seats. Other than the Porsche pushchair I doubt you will find something to fit the boot (I spent ages on the same exercise to no avail).

So if I can resolve the child seat problem then the 996 is a v practical car for a family (hmmm ... not sure the wife would agree)!

Freddie


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2003 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freddie

Thanks for the info on the prams. You'd think pram manufacturers would be more mindful of prospective porsche owners!

Does the babyseat fit in the back of a 911 (or just in the front - if so, the deal could be dead in the water!)

Cheers

Scott


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone is interested - we have finally have found a pram that does fit in the luggage compartment of a 996 C2 - it's an "Aria" made by Mamas & Papas. Lightweight and folds up great!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freddie/Scott
How did you get on with the Pince seat?
Does it fit front and rear?
Is the Prince seat the only one the deactivates the front airbag?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same issues as Freddie a while ago with the Porsche car seat when my eldest was 2 (in 1999), it doesn't look all that substantial and the lack of shoulder straps were a concern, however at the time I did some research and found a review including the Porsche child seat and it came out in the top few amonst the usual competition. I can't say I ever tested it in an accident (thankfully) but it was comfortable for my daughter until she grew out of it and I would find it hard to beleive that a company such as Porsche would risk putting it's name on any child safety product that wasn't up to par.

As for the air bag disconnect this is an additional piece of hardware that bolts under the passenger seat and connects to the existing wiring loom (986 & 996 only I believe). It has to be programed into the ECU after installation and is then activated by plugging the seat buckle in. To confirm it is working the air bag flashes five times ( I think) when you turn the engine on.

The porsche child seat is also compatible with all front seats including the GT3 believe it or not.

Paul D 2004 GT3


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Scott S
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul

Do you know where you found that review on car seats with Porsche Prince coming out on top? Going to OPC tomorrow to have a look at one - just not convinced it can be as good as a seat with harness.

A seat that does fit is the Britax Rennaissance. Had one fitted by Halfords the other day, although it does take up a lot of space...


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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen? http://members.rennlist.com/movies1/Child_Seat.html

Hope it's of use

Richard


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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard,

Thanks - I was actually at OPC this morning. Decided against the Porsche Prince. Looks fine for 'older' babies, but our son is only just at 9 months & it just didn't look comfortable.

Ended up going for a Britax 'Trio' - depending on promo's etc. 120 at Halfords. A bit more expensive than the Prince, but definately looks a lot safer/better - especially as it has a harness for the baby.

The guy at Halfords fitted & tested it -> gave it the seal of approval.

Cheers,

Scott

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Andy Watling
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Sorry if it's a bit long and boring but after a lot of searching around on the web for the info I wanted and not coming up with much I'd just like to share my experience in making my 996 a bit more family friendly.


I've recently bought a 996 C2 and probably let my heart rule my head a bit because I needed a car for us all to go out in at the weekend but also to use for the daily drive to work and be able to pick-up my 16 month old son from nursery 3 days a week.


I bought the car from an OPC and originally got them to throw in the latest Porsche child seat (the similar Prince is no longer available) as part of the deal but when we tried the little one in the seat he really didn't like the big bolster that goes across the front which is part of the Porsche design.


After trying loads of different seats I was really struggling to find one that fitted. The problem is the buckle is so far forward compared to other cars it stops most seats being pulled in tight. I finally found the Mamas & Papas Pro-Tec





http://www.mamasandpapas.co.uk/travel/car_seats/pro_tec_detail.htm


This seat works differently to most, in that the waist belt goes round the front below childs feet and the chest strap goes over the top. This works really well in the 996 and holds the seat in very firmly.


Next problem was finding a pram to fit. First try was a little buggy that dropped in behind the rear seats but this proved to be a real pain. Finally came across the Quinny Zapp which drops in the luggage compartment a treat.


http://www.quinny.com/zapp/en.html





So dont let any one tell you, you cant have 911 AND a family


Your first day out was Walton Hall for the annual TIPEC show





Andy W


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