Customer Reviews: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car
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on December 31, 2010
I find the complaints on here a little hard to believe. I found the instructions, while lengthy, very simple to follow and easy to accomplish. This is a great product. I put the coupe together Christmas Eve, after about five cocktails, and it still only took me about twenty minutes. Some people just like to complain, I guess... and others are incapable of doing things for themselves.

My little girl (14 months) loves her coupe and was playing in it instantly. She quickly figured out how to get in the seat and start to play. The cutest thing is watching her open and close the doors herself and then draping her arm over the windowsill, just like a grownup.

If you are at all handy, do not be intimidated by the complainers... it is an easy job, well documented and quality constructed item.
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on May 26, 2011
I bought this car for my daughter because my son had one and wouldn't share. I was supprised that this car is small than the one I got last year. It was also a pain to put together and the new front wheel design is not that great. But other than that kids love the car and now there is a little less fighting.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon December 31, 2010
I have put together a lot of toys for my daughter, including the Kidkraft Suite Elite Kitchen but nothing has never compared in terms of frustration level to the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe! It can be put together, but it is not fun... I've included some pointers in the video portion of the review.

Ok, so the assembly is a nightmare, but once it was assembled our daughter loves her cozy coupe. I mean she really loves it! She likes the little horn on the steering wheel and I like the removable floor. Our daughter is currently 15 months and she is still a little too small to propel herself... she tries but she usually starts to fall underneath the Cozy Coupe. However, we installed the floor she learned that she could sit back and enjoy the ride.

One thing that is worth mentioning is that once this thing is assembled it is pretty robust and seems to be well-built.


+ A nice design for both boys and girls

+ The removable floor means that it grows with your child

+ Our daughter loves the little horn on the steering wheel


- We have all talked about the assembly - here are a few of my tips
- Use a rubber mallet instead of a hammer
- Forget using a screwdriver - you will need to either pre-drill the holes or use a decent cordless screwdriver (It needs some muscle)
- If you can find videos (in addition to mine) - watch them prior to assembly. Taking parts back off of the Cozy Coupe will make your nightmare that much worse.

- Why can't they add a few words in the instructions... such as "This part is a sticker"

- It would have been great if there was an optional handle - I can push the Cozy Coupe but I must scrunch quite a bit

- Unless you open the door it is a bit of a challenge to get into and out of... not that big of a deal, but our daughter has not mastered the door yet!

Final Verdict-The Cozy Coupe is a great toy if you are up to putting it together!

4 Stars ( minus 1 for assembly)
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on July 10, 2010
I just spent the last 90 minutes putting this product together. Let me pause and say that I have a Mechanical Engineering degree and I normally do not have any problems assembling any products. But this product simply has the worst design that I've ever seen. The parts do not fit together (you really have to brute force your way in, especially the five yellow pieces that combine to be the top. Also, I actually have to buy this item TWICE because the first package didn't come with one of the shafts--does any one even sanity check the content of the box before packaging!? From reading others' reviews, this is not uncommon either, people have complained missing screws, steering wheels, wheels, etc. WTF!?

This is supposed to be the "Best Selling car in the US" and have been so for 30 years, and it just amazes me how poorly the quality/design/manufacturing the product is. If another company actually steals the concept and makes a half-way decent car, they would've crushed the sales of the Cozy (Crazy) Coupe. Also the wheels are secured by a washer that you tight-fit with a hammer--which I am not sure is the best way to design a durable wheel assembly, I do have concersn that one day the wheel will fall off but we shall see.

Bad design aside, once the car is put together, the concept is actually quite fun and I can't wait for my son to try it out tomorrow morning Flintstone style!

CONCLUSION: Beware of the poor assembly and possible missing parts. Pick a cool day to assemble this (you will use tons of force and energy, it's a great workout). (I would recommend getting an electric drill for the screws as well)
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on August 20, 2010
I was so excited when I ordered this Cozy Coupe because my son wanted one desperately. It arrived it just a couple days and my son lit up as soon as he saw the picture on the box. However, as soon as I started assemply of the million little pieces, my joy started to fade. The pieces were near impossible to put together, and in the end it took me, my husband, his dad and brother (and power tools!)to put together this toy. Ours was the 30th anniversay edition, and I just have this to say: Why is it that after 30 years, assembly hasn't gotten any easier?
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on September 5, 2013
The child LOVES this little car. Instructions were good and all parts arrived intact. Over the years I have bought ten of these little cars and inevitably the kids, like my own thirty years ago, made the car THE MOST USED TOY!

I have read the reviews about the assembly...

I agree that the directions were pictures and actual written directions were few (pictures work in ANY language) but the only hard/a little confusing part was the assembly of the roof... you have to have the back posts connected to the roof before you put it on, then you stand the two front posts up...then with the roof and the two back posts connected, you have to put the roof on the two front posts at about a 30 degree angle then PUSH down until they lock together...

THEN you can bring the back posts into place and nail them down with the two red nails...

I did not use a hammer, I used a rubber mallet and that was best.

I did not go to youtube to see the video, but imagine that would have helped.

The assembly is NOT daunting, but it could use better explanations in the written word.

Hope that helps.

Oh my, the child would live in that car if we left him there...I hope it is not a harbinger of things to come...LOL

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on December 8, 2012
I've built decks, movie sets and hand-made furniture, plus countless RTA sheds, bookcases, cabinets, desks, on and on. This toy is a challenge. The rear roof supports will not insert as shown in the instructions. Pilot holes were non-existent for curved areas where metal screws were needed. And the metal screw heads must be left exposed, not inset down below the surface, which would have made more sense and safety, so baby's head is eventually going to get cut, unless the the buyer can figure out a way to cover the screw heads that the baby won't pull off and try to eat.

The company claims it is the "best-selling car in the US". I say, if so, it is due entirely to one-and-done buyers. I would not recommend this item, or buy another one, no matter how cute it looks in the photos.
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on March 30, 2016
The cozy coupe is great on so many levels, but there a few things I had an issue with.

First, the good:
- Very detailed instructions (follow them in order!)
- Seems study when assembled
- Has been "driven" over many terrains and stays together!
- The horn really works.
- The floor board can be solid for smaller children, and then removed when they are older.

What needs improvement:
- The handle in the back seems odd. I'm short (5'3") and I'm a little tall for it, so I can only imagine taller moms and dads would have to hunch over to use it. I'd like to see some kind of accessory that provides a push handle that comes up and back, so that you don't have to be so close to push.
- I missed the instructions about making sure the front wheels were not on backwards. This is my fault, but I wish the design would account for distracted-mom errors :)
- Once you get this thing together, it's impossible to take apart. So, when you mess up (like I did), just live with it. The kid won't notice!
- I did have a problem getting the door latch on, so ours just doesn't have one.
- I did not put a few of the appliques on, as I thought it looked cute without them.
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on May 4, 2016
Grandson loves this car but boy is it small. I recall getting this car for my kids back in the 80's and it was much bigger - could fit 2 kids in it. Not much leg or body room. I can't imagine him being able to use it very long due to its small dimensions- he's almost 2 and will surely outgrow it within a year. Putting it together wasn't too bad - best to do with 2 people
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on February 20, 2010
I see I'm not the only one who had a hard time assembling this thing! My daughter couldn't wait for me to get it out of the box and assemble it the second it arrived. So, I pulled it out of the box and very quickly figured out it was going to take a lot of time and concentration to get the stupid thing put together. I had to make my daughter go down for her nap and continue working on it. It took me two solid hours to put together! The instructions are very poorly illustrated and difficult to understand. More than once, I thought I'd assembled the wheels incorrectly and tried to remedy the issue by taking them apart. I quickly discovered that once you hammer the bolt on that holds the wheels together, they don't come off . . . even with a sledgehammer, crowbar, whatever! So, that speaks to the durability. It definitely held up to my efforts at assembly without so much as a scratch! That said, make sure you understand the instructions and are 100% sure you are doing it correctly before you proceed. Also, make sure you follow the instructions exactly in order, even if you think your way makes more sense (such as putting the steering wheel on before attaching the roof). You will wind up having to take apart what you did before in order to assemble some other aspect of the car. Also, while the roof supports were difficult to get into their slots, I found the most difficult part of assembling the car to be screwing the screws into their allotted indentations. That's right. You don't even get pre-drilled holes to screw the screws into. Just a slight indentation in the plastic indicating that's where it's supposed to go. It takes quite a bit of elbow grease to get those screws in. I managed to eventually get the top screws in. My hand ached like crazy, I had banged up knuckles from the effort, and one of the screws went in a bit cockeyed, but at least they were in! The bottom screws were a different story. You have to go in from inside the cup holders. With the length of the screws and the length of the screw driver, it is impossible to get the screws in straight or provide enough leverage/pressure to actually puncture the plastic and get the screw in there. I finally had to give up and just wait a couple of days until my husband could do it. In the meantime, my daughter drove around with the screws just hanging out in the cup holder and the back roof supports frequently pulling out of their slots.

Even with the pain of assembly, and the quite obvious "mistakes" where the car looks a little funny due to my imperfect assembly (the best I could do!), my daughter is absolutely enamored with her new toy. It has made the biggest hit by far that any toy has ever made in her two years of life. I have had a hard time getting her to come out of the thing! She's been sitting in it to watch movies, driving it all over the house, eating in it, attempting to take it on walks, and even insisted on sleeping with it right beside her the first night she had it. It's worth all the hard work to see her enjoying the toy so much. But I would definitely not give it anything more than three stars after the nightmare my husband and I went through in trying to put the thing together!
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