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    Most (Un)Comfortable Car Seats

    Basically - what are the most comfortable and most uncomfortable seats you have ever sat in in a car. Are there specific seats that make your back hurt?

    I am asking, because while I have been kissing my Integra's ass and praising it ever since I got it (apart from being owned by jut about every new family sedan off the line without them trying), the seats are horrible. I have never had my back hurt in ANY car, but 20 minutes in those seats...and it's pain when I get out after. Apparently, any model except the type R doesn't get back support adjustment which makes them tolerable.

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    1. Passat seats - never had a problem with at all.
    2. Can bucket seats be comfortable for DD? (If you don't mind them not being soft, I mean posture wise-overall)

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    Best seats the back seats in a 2004 Lincoln Town car, Think your favorite couch with air ride suspension...BAM!

    Momo Seats in a 92 civic.

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    best seats, the front seats in my mom's volvo, supportive in the best ways possible.

    worst seats, 3rd row seats in my dad's pacifica, the seats are made for people under 4 foot tall.

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    Without a doubt the worst seats I've ever sat in were in my 1996 Toyota Corolla. In fact, nearly every Toyota I sit in I'm uncomfortable within 10 minutes.

    My Passat seats are very nice. Also, the seats in my Saab are very good as well but the Passat is slightly better for long-distance driving.

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    Best seats were in any of the three Sedan DeVilles that I've owned.

    Worst seats, the 1997 Nissan Altima. So bad that I sold the little rattle-trap after three months for $1000 less than I paid.

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    Worst seat on the face of the planet, the 3rd row seat on the Honda Pilot, close second is the Hummer H2's 3rd seat.

    Worst backseat is the Chevy Blazer, sit in it and you will understand, I never understood how Chevy sold so many of those damned things.

    Worst Front Seat so far, Hyundai elantra/Nissan sentra.

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    The best (most comfortable) seats are in all of the Volvo's that I ever sat in (models 7 and up). The seats in my Saabaru are the biggest grievance I have with the car, by far.

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    Best Seats: 1997 Buick Lesabre with DynaRide
    1994 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI (NINE way adjustable seating)
    1997 Ford Thunderbird LX (oh man, quite possibly the best cloth
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    Worst Seats: $250 no name race seats from a local auto show... oh and 3rd
    row seating in a pilot

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    x3 on the volvo seats....S70 was the best!!!

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    Best = 01 Audi A6 (I could drive forever)
    Worst = 95 Golf CL (seat base was made of pudding, no support whatsoever)

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    Best: 2004 Mazda6 leather 6way power, B5.5 second, 06 five hundred third.
    Worst: Anything Toyota. None of mine personally.

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    Best seats - 2005 Yukon Denali - overstuffed full electric heated leather seats, 10 way adjustable, and they feel like a lazy boy

    Worst seats - 2002 jeep liberty, no support, no bolsters, manual with horrid adjustments, seat bottom has no thigh support, they do not go back far enough or sit low enough for someone over 5'9"

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    Volvo seats are the best by far - nothing comes close - like sitting in a cloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycarsavw View Post
    Volvo seats are the best by far - nothing comes close - like sitting in a cloud.
    Absolutely. I've never sat in a modern Volvo that was anything less than a $3,000 Scandanavian ergonomic furniture masterpiece. Shame about the carrying case, though...

    Worst: The B5 has to be pretty close to the top of the list. I can't ever get comfortable for drives longer than an hour, especially if there's a lot of clutching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashman78 View Post
    Worst: The B5 has to be pretty close to the top of the list. I can't ever get comfortable for drives longer than an hour, especially if there's a lot of clutching.
    Yep - hell, the backseat is more comfortable in my Passat than either front seat. I have never been able to dial these in to a comfortable setting. I have come to suspect that the real issue, at least for me, is the short length of the seat bottom. Everything I've read says you should only have a couple of finger widths between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees. I've got over a hand-width of space.

    Shockingly, an Impala that I recently rented was very comfortable. Not supportive for side-to-side motion, but for just gettin' down the highway, the seat was pretty good. That car was damn quiet inside, too, even at 80 mph.

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    based only on my small stable of cars:

    Most Comfy: the A5
    Least Comfy: 2003 Accord

    The Accords seats are cloth and when I sit "on" it, it almost never gives. It's like sitting on a stool with a backrest. I'd probably pick my Windstar over the Accord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjers View Post
    best seats, the front seats in my mom's volvo, supportive in the best ways possible.
    x2, volvo s60r = BEST seats EVER!!!

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    I'll join with the VOLVO seats. I had three Volvos back in the 242 DL days, and the seats were very comfy.

    Worst seats seem to be the front seats of the Ricer SUV's. They all seem terrible to me.

    Which makes me wonder if it would be possible to take some Volvo seats and adapt them to the Passat???

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    ^^I thought about that...I bet custom rails could be done.

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    I've been toying with the idea of putting V70 heated/electric seats in the Passat but they're slightly too tall.

    My old man has a V70, every time I need to borrow it I measure, calculate, dream, wonder...then it all fizzles out again.

    One day...

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    I once sat in this Audi Driving simulator game at a LeMans race. It was a bright red raing seat, covered in a material comparable to a cross between shag carpet and a wolly mammoth. It was hands down the most comfortable/supportive seat I have ever sat in, if a bit overstated.

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    The seats in my Camry are horrific. I really think I'd like the car if it had decent front seats. The rear seats are pretty good, but I'm not tall enough to drive from there. Avalon seats are good though. I have sometimes considered getting a set to see if they'd fit.

    Everyone is saying how great Volvo seats are, I agree. I drove a S60 from Erie to Cleveland and back once and they were great seats.

    I had a '91 Buick Century with a split bench front seat, and even though the seat back wasn't adjustable, it was always comfortable to me. Rear seat, not so much.


    Worst seat I ever sat in? The rear seat in a regular (not Grand) Jeep Cherokee. I don't know how the hell Jeep wasn't brought to the Haig for war crimes for making that torture chamber for forty zillion years without fixing it. The stupid part is there is plenty of room, but the seatback was so upright it was just painful. I'd like to have a Cherokee, but I'd be embarassed to let my friends suffer back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharky View Post
    The seats in my Camry are horrific. I really think I'd like the car if it had decent front seats. The rear seats are pretty good, but I'm not tall enough to drive from there. Avalon seats are good though. I have sometimes considered getting a set to see if they'd fit.

    Everyone is saying how great Volvo seats are, I agree. I drove a S60 from Erie to Cleveland and back once and they were great seats.

    I had a '91 Buick Century with a split bench front seat, and even though the seat back wasn't adjustable, it was always comfortable to me. Rear seat, not so much.


    Worst seat I ever sat in? The rear seat in a regular (not Grand) Jeep Cherokee. I don't know how the hell Jeep wasn't brought to the Haig for war crimes for making that torture chamber for forty zillion years without fixing it. The stupid part is there is plenty of room, but the seatback was so upright it was just painful. I'd like to have a Cherokee, but I'd be embarassed to let my friends suffer back there.
    HAHA, x2 on the Cherokee back seat. It was a joke. Luckily, the only thing I had back there was a child's car seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20vvillian View Post
    Best seats the back seats in a 2004 Lincoln Town car, Think your favorite couch with air ride suspension...BAM!
    Speaking from experience?


    Worst: 1996 Honda Passport LX. Fronts worse than rear. The fronts were way too low to the floor and not height adjustable. No lumbar support, and the seat rails were set up for very short people...I'm only 5'-11" and I needed the seat all the way back.

    Couldn't drive for more than 30 mins without developing a lower back pain.

    Can't recall a best, but of the good ones I remember:

    1999 Passat
    2010 Malibu
    2007 Camry SE (jury is still out, haven't driven more than 20 mins yet)

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    Best ive sat in
    b6/b7 audi s4, b5.5 passat, IS300

    Worst ive sat in
    ucf11 Lexus LS400, 89 prelude, 96 jetta, gmc envoy 2nd row

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    Best, cloth silverado seats or Kenworth Air seats( like 16 way adjustable)

    Worst, audi A4 or any vag, the bases are to short

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purplezr2 View Post
    Best ... Kenworth Air seats( like 16 way adjustable)
    That reminds me... rode in a Peterbilt longnose a few years back. Those seats were practically living room recliners!

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    Believe it or not the best OEM seats I ever had were the ones in the Toyota Supra of the early-mid 80's.






    Here's a pic of them refinished:










    The huge side bolsters moved in and out like a vice, it had an inflatable bladder for lumbar support, and look at how long the seat bottoms were - a great thing for us tall guys. I drove 8-9 hours non stop in this seat and could have gone longer.
















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    Of the cars I've driven a decent distance in.

    Worst:
    Honda Accord
    Honda Shuttle
    every pickup I've ever been in for any length of time

    Best: (to mean this means sit in them for a 1,000 mile day and never squirm in the seat)
    The B5
    R32
    86 Escort GT (once I added an air bladder lumbar support)
    Original Club B5 member: 08 R32 & missing my 99 B5

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    Best: Scion tC. Made a 300 mile trip without squirming or having to make a single adjustment.

    Worst: Chevy Crapalier rental.

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