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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:46 PM
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X5 + Child Seats...

Any interior shots of forward facing child seats? Preferably Convertible or Booster seats. Thanks.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:25 PM
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Here you are. This is a RECARO Prosport Combination Car Seat. A bit on the expensive side but it's a Recaro, 'nuf said! Seriously, this thing is built like a tank and is one of few car seats in its category that comes with a 5 point harness. And it gets great reviews. It is actually one of the recommended convertible/booster seats by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/...best_bets.aspx)

Here's the seat on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:54 PM
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oddly enough that is the exact seat i just purchased. switching from maxi-cosi... thanks for the photos!
it helps a great deal. i appreciate the help.

one last question, i notice you have the seat protector and i know the answer will vary by child size but for the most part any issues with your kid kicking the back of the seat or not being able to see out of the window?

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:57 AM
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As you said, the need for a seat protector depends on the size of the kid and yes, my daughter finally got tall enough that she now has her feet on the back of the seat in front of her all the time, hence the seat protector. She's never complained of not being able to see outside and actually comments frequently (too frequently sometimes) on what she's seeing so I know visibility is not an issue. But then again, a much smalled kid might have some decrease in visibility with those big protective "wings" on the sides of the seat. They are, however totally worth it as they're supposed to protect the child's head...

You will not regret purchasing this seat. It's great. I especially like the teather it has that attaches to the hook on the back of the seat of the car for added stability.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:53 AM
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excellent, thanks.

the reason i went with the other brand and now recaro is because they manufacture to higher safety standards over the others that are built here and conform to the US standards. i dont mind paying a premium for that and let's be honest having recaro seats is just 'cool' and adds 15hp.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:14 AM
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I'll take the added hp, anyday...
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:15 AM
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I see that you have 2 seats. Can the middle fit another child or modest size adult?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:19 PM
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We don't have three child seats in X5, but we have had two bosster seats, with a third child in the middle (who didn't require a child seat due to age and height requirements in NY State).
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:33 PM
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I see that you have 2 seats. Can the middle fit another child or modest size adult?
While the middle is not designed to host a child seat, I have seen pictures (on this or another BMW forum, can't remember) of three car seats fitted in the back of an X5. Do a search... As for an adult fitting in between the seats, yes, absolutely, as long as they're not too "wide" if you see what I mean. Our nanny sits comfortably in between our car seats when we all go out in one car.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:12 PM
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I have a Recaro Proride and can attest to the sense of safety the added wings nears the head provides.

BTW, Marwan, where did you get that seat protector? My boy (2.5 yrs old) is kicking the back of the passenger seat a LOT. I have something there (a baby mirror) for the time being but this is going to have to be removed shortly in favor of something to protect the seat. Thx!
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:21 PM
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I have a Recaro Proride and can attest to the sense of safety the added wings nears the head provides.

BTW, Marwan, where did you get that seat protector? My boy (2.5 yrs old) is kicking the back of the passenger seat a LOT. I have something there (a baby mirror) for the time being but this is going to have to be removed shortly in favor of something to protect the seat. Thx!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:21 PM
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I have two britx boulevards installed forward facing and the middle seat is almost useless - the wife can fit there just, but she is small. Also, the third row can still be used when the car seats are installed.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:46 PM
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I'll take the added hp, anyday...
lol, same here...

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While the middle is not designed to host a child seat, I have seen pictures (on this or another BMW forum, can't remember) of three car seats fitted in the back of an X5. Do a search... As for an adult fitting in between the seats, yes, absolutely, as long as they're not too "wide" if you see what I mean. Our nanny sits comfortably in between our car seats when we all go out in one car.
i've seen two forward facing on each side and one rear facing in the center using the center seat belt... either way never use a latch system for center seat... it was never designed for that and MAY not hold up in an accident.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:50 AM
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the recaro seat finally arrived. it really is worth every dollar. top notch construction and build quality with durable materials on all the wear areas. easily adjustable and more safety features than other seats i looked into. only complaint is it is a bit heavier than others but outside of that minor issue it really is a great seat.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:32 AM
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the recaro seat finally arrived... only complaint is it is a bit heavier than others but outside of that minor issue it really is a great seat.
Told you it's built like a tank! The handle at the top of the seat is a very nice feature that makes carrying this heavy seat not too painful. Much easier to move around than lighter seats we have with no carrying handle... Good choice, enjoy!
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:46 PM
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I am late to this thread but our son has a Britax Marathon. It is a bit on the expensive but it is an awesome seat. We also previously had a Maxi-Cosi, but he outgrew that before turning 1. The Britax has a 70lb limit.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:24 AM
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Maybe this question should be for a different thread but wanted to ask how you guys protect the bottom or back of the car seat from getting deformed by the car seat?
I have one for my 23mos old son and a another for my 4yo daughter. No problem with the bigger car seat but the boy's seat presses down into the seat in order to have it firmly secure.
I've tried using styrofoam floaties cut-outs - will probably need to recut them for better fit - but wondering if anybody else has a better solution.
I guess buying a different car seat is another option...
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:15 AM
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Maybe this question should be for a different thread but wanted to ask how you guys protect the bottom or back of the car seat from getting deformed by the car seat?
I have one for my 23mos old son and a another for my 4yo daughter. No problem with the bigger car seat but the boy's seat presses down into the seat in order to have it firmly secure.
I've tried using styrofoam floaties cut-outs - will probably need to recut them for better fit - but wondering if anybody else has a better solution.
I guess buying a different car seat is another option...
If you look closely at the pics in my first post, you can see that I have a seat protector under the baby seat (to protect the seat of the car, that is...). There are many such options in stores and online. I have never noticed any deformities... One caveat, though; I lease cars for three years only. I don't know if deformities would ultimately develop if I kept the same car with the same car seats any longer...
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:27 AM
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Maybe this question should be for a different thread but wanted to ask how you guys protect the bottom or back of the car seat from getting deformed by the car seat?
I have one for my 23mos old son and a another for my 4yo daughter. No problem with the bigger car seat but the boy's seat presses down into the seat in order to have it firmly secure.
I've tried using styrofoam floaties cut-outs - will probably need to recut them for better fit - but wondering if anybody else has a better solution.
I guess buying a different car seat is another option...
i purchased a large black towel and a seat protector. it is a foam cushion that goes between the seat and the leather to prevent indentations, tears, scratches etc.

in my other cars i have alcantara seats so for the audis i use a large seat cover in addition to the foam protector but i havent found an oem bmw one similar to this:

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:21 PM
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Quick update:

The build quality and attention to detail are above what I expected and the additional safety features over the other seats are great selling points as well.

This seat is so well made and fits the car perfect that it makes out other seat seem defective.

I am so pleased with the product that I ordered another to replace our other seat.

*Only complaint is the extra large warning labels. I removed the labels/badges with a seam ripper and there is no evidence or signs of a label ever being there.
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I have a booster and two car seats all in 2nd row. I will take a photo of this as soon as I clean up some of the goldfish, juice boxes, Grammy Sammy's, and ninjagos! Three boosters will create more space someday, since baby seats are monstrous. Pics to follow. Pre and post cleaning
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i found this rear seat cover this evening and thought i would post the link here in case anyone stumbled across this thread in the future and was interested:

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/83...AR-SEAT-SAVERS

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/55...IVE-REAR-COVER
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I have that same setup! Good job, it's as safe as you can get!
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Re: X5 + Child Seats...

$20.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00368...sr=8-1&pi=SL75

I have 3. And works fine. X5, Tundra and RX300. Doesnt move and keeps the leather behind and under safe.
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