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Buying a second hand Bugaboo - good idea??

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AstronautMikeDexter Mon 12-Sep-16 22:35:32

In a quandary and could do with other people's advice please...

Currently have an oldish UppaBaby Cruz which is not working for us. We bought it second hand whilst I was pregnant and I wish we hadn't. I live in a city with rubbish roads and pavements - lots of potholes and lumps, bumps and cracks. The buggy struggles all the time and the front wheels are pretty shit, always getting jammed, spinning independently of one another.

My DD is 8 months and I guess will be in the buggy for some time yet.

I think we need something with big chunky wheels. I don't drive so need something that can get us around most days.

I've come across lots of MNers saying what a great investment their Bugaboos were and how you can replace individual parts if things break. We can't afford a new one but are looking at a second hand Cameleon 2 in good condition. I'm hoping to have another baby in a couple of years and would like to keep the same buggy going. Hoping we'll bypass the need for a double, even if there's a bit of a crossover I'm happy to have a baby in a sling.

Honest opinions...is this sensible or will we be spunking even more cash on stuff without a guarantee??

SageYourResoluteOracle Mon 12-Sep-16 22:45:08

We bought a second hand bugaboo for £380 and it did 3 years of heavy use as we didn't have a car at the time. I replaced some small parts and the front wheels (totalling about £80) and then sold it on for £350!! We found it fantastic.

Xmasbaby11 Mon 12-Sep-16 22:47:37

We bought a secondhand one for 220 and it broke after just a few months. Couldn't replace parts as it was an old model.

I think you'd be fine if you bought a newish model.

I loved that buggy - gutted i couldn't afford to replace it!

Nowthereistwo Mon 12-Sep-16 22:49:43

You won't regret it.

We bought our second generation chameleon off ebay. Now on second baby with buggy board and still looks good.

AstronautMikeDexter Mon 12-Sep-16 22:51:58

Oh that's so good to hear Sage, thank you . I think it's a good idea but then it was my good idea to buy our current buggy.

What kind was yours?

Nowthereistwo Mon 12-Sep-16 22:52:12

All the fabrics come off to wash as well

SageYourResoluteOracle Mon 12-Sep-16 22:57:41

It was a second generation chameleon. In fairness, the seller hadn't used it that much but it still really was the business and also had enough space in the shopping basket underneath for 3 bottles of wine.

Ah I miss that pram!

AstronautMikeDexter Mon 12-Sep-16 23:06:12

Xmas I'm sorry to hear yours fell apart...I gues that's what I'm worrying about as my uppababy has turned out to be crappy.

2nd generation doesn't seem crazy old. I'm going to see if I can buy parts online still.

Now I like your encouragement, cheers!

Dontlaugh Mon 12-Sep-16 23:13:52

I bought a bugaboo ( first edition). Best Buy ever, I loved it. Sorry it wasn't around when I'd had the first 2.
Parts easy to buy if necessary, loads of extras came with it, truly loved it.
Sold for same as I bought it for! 3 years later, third hand, amazing buggy and if I was ever unfortunate enough to find myself pregnant again at this stage of my life I would without question buy a Bugaboo.
Bee in my case, as I'm small, and can lift it, but know the chameleon is the choice of many.

Hufflepuffin Tue 13-Sep-16 09:00:07

Did you get the receipt from the person you bought your cruz from? The last generation chassis had loads of problems and I know a few people who have had it replaced by uppababy for free. They had to take it back to the shop they bought it from.

TeaPleaseBob Tue 13-Sep-16 20:24:03

We used a bugaboo frog and have it in loft for any future babies. It's great, only problem was seat unit bit too small so we now have a second hand bugaboo bee plus. The cameleon has a bigger seat than the frog so would be pretty perfect.

The only annoying thing is having to take seat unit off before you can fold it. I'd maybe also have a look at the babyjogger versa gt or the new premiere. Friend of mine has the versa and it's great, bigger seat than cameleon, big basket and great to push.

minipie Wed 14-Sep-16 11:22:40

We have a Bee and I am very impressed with the quality. It's been used pretty hard every day for nearly 4 years, been on numerous flights (in a bag but not a padded one), used with a buggyboard, had all sorts hung off the handle, had older DD riding on the footrest with her legs in the basket with younger DD in the seat, had me (9 stone) sitting in it when watching the girls in the park... It has stood up to it all. We have had to replace the handlebar adjustment clips (due to clipping up the buggyboard too tightly to the handle) but that was £10 and done in 5 minutes.

Don't get a Bee if you have issues with crap pavements and potholes though - it has the same problem! Maybe the Cam is better, I occasionally think we should have got a Cam.

If you think you will have another child with an <2.5 yr age gap, consider a Phil & Teds - they are readily available second hand. We've got one and although it's not as beautifully engineered as the Bugaboo, it is very robust, seems quite simple so very little to go wrong, and the big wheels cope with anything.

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