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850 (7 seater) estate boot seats - any feedback

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Old Feb 8th, 2023, 14:44   #1
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Default 850 (7 seater) estate boot seats - any feedback

Dear All,

As per title I have recently acquired a 7 seater 850 estate with foldaway seats in the boot. It's SORN at the moment as it needs a little work but I have been wondering:

1) Does anyone else have one with the rear seats...and do you actually find the seats useful?

2) I've not gotten around to insuring it yet but I hear rumours that the fact that it's a 7 seater will increase my insurance premium. Is this true?

3) I am in 2 minds whether to keep the rear seats or not, as I very much doubt I will use them (even though they are legal) and I would prefer a full size spare wheel and potentially lower insurance premiums. I'm not keen on the rear seatbelts getting in the way of my rear load either.

Maybe the floor pan on these was specifically designed for a space-saver in which case maybe a full size wheel won't fit anyway.

Plus it may not save my money on insurance as it'll still be registered as a 7 seater even though I could convert to a 5 seater.

Thanks to all in advance
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Old Feb 9th, 2023, 10:18   #2

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As far as i am aware, these boot seats don't class the car as a seven seater. They are occasional seats so should not affect your insurance premium. There is no need to tell them it is a seven seat car!

If you keep the seats you do need the space saver but If you sell the seats you can have a full size spare as there is no difference in the floor pan. They are not particularly useful but they are getting rarer and a nice extra to have. Having a space saver is not the end of the world.
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7 seats a nice thing to have and may boost desirability if you ever came to sell? Definitely worth keeping IMHO.
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Originally Posted by britten_mark View Post
7 seats a nice thing to have and may boost desirability if you ever came to sell? Definitely worth keeping IMHO.
To be honest I think they are only really useful for kids ...
Adults will be a tad squashed AND if they're as old and a creaky as I am then you'll need a crane to get them out again .
That said I think they are funky and remind me of all the times I spent sat in them as a kid ...

I did try a quick sit in the ones in the back of my late Dad's 850 .
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If you need any help with insurance at all then please feel free to drop me a line.
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Old Dec 5th, 2023, 10:54   #6
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Default 850 (7 seater) estate boot seats -

Hello Clark

I haven't got an answer to your question on 850 (7 seater) estate boot seats -but I have inherited my dad's 5 seater 850 and am looking for the rear boot seats to covert it ; so if you ever decide to sell them please advise 😀


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Old Dec 7th, 2023, 21:34   #7
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I struggle to understand the desirability of these seats. I've had a fair few 850 / V70's and never once looked upon the rear facing seats as a positive thing aside for the fact I bought two cars with them and sold them on for 100 a set. I wouldn't put my kids in them, I've seen what happens to an old P80 went it get's thumped from behind and I don't think several decades of slowly corroding metal will help when a Scania decides to use your first born as the crumble zone. Perhaps a nice ticky box addition, but as a useful addition... nope... not for me.
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