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Will a Silver Cross Linear pushchair fit in my Peugeot 206 boot?

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FiPeacock Mon 29-Aug-11 16:09:45


I'm new to the forum and wondered if I could get some advice from experienced mums! I'm having my first baby in January, and have started researching travel systems.

I like the Silver Cross Linear travel system, (hopefully the sleepover one but that will depend on funds and if they are limited I might go for the freeway) but I'm not sure it will fit in the (tiny) boot of my Peugeot 206. Does anyone have a Peugeot 206 and know the answer?

I've got the dimensions, and it seems like it wouldn't fit easily but it might be possible to wedge it in somehow. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

BooBooGlass Mon 29-Aug-11 16:12:58

They are HUGE. You have to take it apart to fold it and it's a giant pain in the arse really. My ds had one when he was born, and it was a fab walking pram, but I don't have a car. I still have it shoved under my bed, in much the same way I can't get rid of his cot, it honestly takes up masses of space. You ay fit it in at a push, but you'd get nothing else in. I'd think of how long you'd realistically use it for as well. Chances are as soon as you've had to lug it in and out of your boot for a few months you will do what all mums do and get a stroller. It's an awful lot of money to waste. My friend has a bugaboo (again, eye wateringly expensive) but the frame does seem to fold to practically nothing so is much easier to get in a boot.

VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Mon 29-Aug-11 16:26:04

It it the linear with the one big handle?
Looking at a picture of a 206boot I'd say it would be close. Can fit one in a Nissan Note boot with the seat moved forwards.

They don't wedge very well. You would have to remove the parcel shelf and keep it out. I guess it would all depend on whether you want the hastle of removing seat unit, placing on floor. Folding chassis. Removing front wheels. Changing position of handle (folding forwards works best.) placing chassis in boot. Folding seat unit flat and placing in boot. Then put wheels in boot.
Then realise you've put you keys in the boot. Somewhere.

It is do-able. But do you want the hassle? Especially in the rain. And there will be no room for shopping.

If the silver cross is what you want. And they are lovely prams. Especially for winter babies. With practice you can get it down to a fine art.

What are the dimensions of your boot? I could see how it compares to mine?

VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Mon 29-Aug-11 16:26:39

Ps I had a freeway.

FiPeacock Mon 29-Aug-11 16:49:55

Thanks so much for the advice. The peugeot boot would definitely fit the car in lengthways, but the back of the boot slants slightly and I think this would prevent the pram lying down properly (because the boot is only about 70cm deep and the pram folds down to 60cm - and the slant will block more than 10cm i think). But, it would fit if we kept the parcel shelf out & sat it on the side instead of flat maybe as you say.

It looks like an amazing pram, and looks really comfy for the baby. But as a freeway owner, would you say it's worth the hassle?

I also liked the Oyster, but the linear just seems like a sturdier/comfier/safer pram. Although having no experience of pushing prams in real life I'm not really sure what I'm doing!

Thanks x

ginmakesitallok Mon 29-Aug-11 17:00:08

Is it a babystyle oyster you're also considering? We have one for DD2 - she's nearly 2 now and it's been fab. I'd thoroughly recommend it (though the suspension isn't as good as some others so it wouldn't be great off road)

pramsgalore Mon 29-Aug-11 17:03:48

what about a uppababy vista, they fold down compact for size and the carrycot is included in price, you would not have to have the carrycot in the boot as the seat starts from birth and you could also use the carrycot as a mosses basket, which would save you having to buy one

pramsgalore Mon 29-Aug-11 17:06:52

if you live near peterbough, then kiddicare is a great place to go and have a look, they have everything on display, and they have loads of pushchairs, prams, buggys it a fab place.

VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Mon 29-Aug-11 17:11:05

Ooh I could sell you a linear freeway. Technically not physically. I don't have mine any more DH made me sell all my prams, I had 6 in the garage at one point

Good points
The silver cross freeway is, really easy to push, can do it one handed. It is sturdy, and surprisingly light with a large 2.5yo in it. And very smooth. Love the fact that it lies completely flat. And can be parent or forward facing. It is a good size for a small baby or a toddler. Sounds odd but it really will be the only one you'll need. Unless you have a buggy fettish like me. But it was my absolute favourite. Cozy toes unzips at both sides, so really easy to get dc in and out. The bumper bar is removable too. Lockable wheels are good to have. Brake is sturdy, not just a flimsy pedal or bit of metal. Handle height is adjustable. Rain cover is good quality, and won't rip easily. and silver cross do excellent after sales customer service.

Folding to get on a bus is an impossibility. Isn't an umbrella fold. It takes up a lot of space even when folded. Foam wheels pick up stones.

Can't judge the oyster though.

aswellasyou Mon 29-Aug-11 21:52:40

I wouldn't get it. My Mum has a 207 and it's been a nightmare getting long folding pushchairs in it. My first was second hand so the massive scratches on the handle didn't bother me (my Mum doesn't feel the same about the scratches on the parcel shelf rests blush), but I'd have been distraught if I'd spent a fortune on something that looked rubbish after 6 months! I've noticed a lot of threads on here with people looking for a compact pushchair as soon as they're no longer using a Silver Cross in pram mode.

The Oyster is a much better choice in my opinion but I'd be looking at others too. The Oyster is a bit long folded with the seat rear facing and the front wheels buckle going down kerbs if you don't go at an angle. It is a great, very good value option though. If you do get it, the new rear air tyres (about £25) make a big difference to its pushability, especially over rough ground.

sazm Mon 29-Aug-11 22:17:14

i bought one second hand for my ds who was 16months, i only used it in the garden lol and sold it on, was a total mission to try and fit in my huge vectra boot! took up the whole space, was nice to push in the house,but on concrete it felt really plasticy,i like rubber wheels - and had a buzz before the linear freeway, i kept the buzz - which i LOVED.
i would go for the oyster, or the m&p sola/urbo they are all quite similar in features smile

stressheaderic Wed 31-Aug-11 19:13:04

I have a Freeway. I tried the Sleepover and loved the 'bounce' of it but didnt like the fixed wheels, swivel were much easier.
Still using Freeway at 18 months but have a Maclaren too for in and out of car type stuff and holidays.
Got Freeway from small independent baby boutique and got the Silver Cross carseat thrown in free - this clips on to the chassis which is very handy.

Good points
Sturdy, well built traditional pram
Smooth to push, handle height to suit everyone
Snug and warm for winter baby
Lies totally flat (which you will love)
Large shopping basket

Bad points
Yes it is big...
Even if it does fit in your boot with effort and a bit of wedging, you'll soon get tired of having to do it.

Do what I did - get the pram - and swap the car! Got a 2nd hand Picasso, pram and buggy live in the boot so no space taken up in the house and all my back problems solved smile

StuckUpTheFarawayTree Wed 31-Aug-11 19:16:47

I second the Oyster. DP was impressed with the build too, and he's an engineer. Had ours a year-ish now and still going strong.

StuckUpTheFarawayTree Wed 31-Aug-11 19:58:22

Didn't mean that to sound so shit!

aswellasyou Fri 02-Sep-11 21:26:05

I know I said I don't recommend getting a Linear Freeway/Sleepover but I know a lot of people ignore advice on here! So if you do go for a Freeway, there's £100 off here. smile

cantpackwontpack Fri 02-Sep-11 21:34:32

I have a Sleepover on Linear chassis. It folds down in two parts and is huge. I had a Corsa and used to put the carrycot in the boot and wedge the folded up chassis in the front passenger seat.

It has lots of good points though. On the Sleepover the carry cot is huge and of course can be used over night too. DD was born in November and it was really cosy. We live on the ground floor so it was great to be able to wheel her down to our room without having to disturb her. The basket is a good size for shopping and we got the raincover, change bag and cosy toes included in the price and it was good value.

I have to admit I hated it in pushchair mode. The seat is very roomy but the recline never seemed comfortable. I changed to a 3 wheeler when dd was about 11 months old.

I've kept mine and would definitely use it for a newborn and walking pram again but not for car or in pushchair mode.


FiPeacock Fri 09-Sep-11 12:16:12

Hey everyone! I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the advice, it was really useful and helped me to get straight in my head what to think about. The pram just fits in the car, and I know it's going to be a massive nuisance, but most people who have owned the Linear Freeway do talk about it fondly, and my husband started randomly stopping women in the street pushing Freeways to ask what they thought! In the end we decided to get it because I managed to get a good discount through a friend so it didn't work out quite so expensive. But I'm well aware that we'll probably trade it in for a simple stroller in a year, and that getting it in and out of the car might give me a breakdown - so thank you for all of the advice!! I really appreciate it.

mamadivazback Fri 09-Sep-11 14:08:54

The Linear Freeway is a goregous pushchair to use and you will love it smile

Why not use a smaller stroller for short trips in the car and use the Linear for walking or days out?

I had a massive pushchair and a smaller one for these purposes.

Justtrying Fri 16-Sep-11 09:14:38

I have a linear sleepover and a honda civic which i bought to accomodate the pram, previously had an mx 5 so had to change it before my DD arrived in may. I love the pram for walks but it is a pita to remove from the base, which you have to do to fold it. I rang silvercross who said to apply wd40 to the mechanism and keep perservering and with use it will free up, it has a bit but i unfasten it by pressing the mechanism underneath not using the side handles which are just to large for my small hands.
Anyway I also have the matching car seat which clips easily on and off the base and generally use this with the wheels day to day, it comes with a hood and apron so baby is very snug. But off on hols tomorrow and taking the pram too, (DD almost too big for it at 16 weeks but too small for it converted into pushchair), so she can sleep in it if we go out in the evening. Will be using a buggy once we move onto next stage of car seat and the sleepover will be a pushchair for walks from home.
So all in all i'd say its a lovely pram which is great for walks but takes up loads of space in the car and is not the easiest to assemble/dissasemble.

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