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Jul 14, 2007 (10:22 pm)
I have a 2005 Outback Limited. If I had sat in the car any longer than the 15 minute test drive I gave it, I probably would not ... make that NO WAY, would I have purchased the car.
After almost 3 years, the seat is still as uncomfortable to sit in after a short distance. The bolsters are too hard and the space between them too narrow where your butt is. I am NOT a big person either... 5'11" 180 lbs. I noticed for the 2006 year, they made the bolsters softer in the leather seats.
A Subaru dealer told me I could buy the foam for the Legacy GT seat bottom and bring it to an upholsterer to have a new seat bottom cushion made. I may try to perform surgery on the seat myself.
Anyway, I just bought a used 2000 Volvo and the seats are soooo comfortable.... and the passenger seat is height adjustable, unlike Subaru's passenger seat which is too low and no height adjustment... even if you have the model with power passenger seat.
When I emailed Subaru on buying a new seat, they said they did not sell seats and when I asked them if I had to uplug anything before removing the seat to work on it, they would not tell me anything... so much for customer satisfaction.
So yes... if you are going to keep the car awhile, look into getting the foam insert from a Legacy GT and bringing it to a shop and have matching cloth or leather covering... or ask for other options.
#11530 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [bbinsb]
Jul 15, 2007 (7:04 pm)
I am VERY picky, and I love my '07 Legacy seats. The GT seats look similar, but are different. If you have a GT, replace with regular Legacy seat(different side bolsters). If you have a 2.5i, an upholstry shop is your best bet, and I would do the leather- entire car for about $1,000. You won't sweat or grip. The 2000-2004 Legacy/Outback seats are the worst in Subaru history. Trust me, I have sold and driven Subarus for years. I do not sell them anymore, I just bought my '07 about 8 months ago. By the way, the Tribeca seats are the best around. Don't think the tracks are the same, though. Good luck at the upholstry shop.
#11531 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [blwinner]
Jul 15, 2007 (7:37 pm)
I just got an 05 LGT Wagon, so far I'm enjoying the seats in it. I'm 5'10" and 300lbs. Not as comfy as my Armada but not bad at all!
#11532 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [blwinner]
Jul 16, 2007 (8:58 am)
The seat tracks are strange, very non-standard looking.
#11533 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [blwinner]
Jul 17, 2007 (2:01 pm)
I really appreciate all the feedback offered here! Mine is a 2007 2.5i Legacy wagon--thus the seats are cloth. I did actually ask a dealer about re-upholstering the seats in leather--glad to hear they aren't as hot as some have predicted. But would the leather itself solve the cushion problem? Would a piece of foam from the GT fit my seat and make a difference? What about a cushion from an Outback seat? Those L.L. Bean models seemed comfy.
I've been riding around with friends in various cars recently--everything from an old Jeep to a new Corolla to a Chrysler van, and ALL the seats are more comfortable than my Subaru! So frustrating....
#11534 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [bbinsb]
Jul 29, 2007 (12:52 pm)
Go to a Subaru dealer and sit in a GT and other models to see if you like the comfort. Ask how much for the foam bottom. Ask an upholsterer how much if you give him the foam.
Just re-covering your seat would NOT solve the problem.
The problem is the cushion design, not the fabric.
#11535 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [orangelebaron]
Aug 17, 2007 (12:40 pm)
I have to agree with this post. For the first few years of ownership, I've not driven my Legacy for over an hour at most. Recently, I've been making several 4 hour trips. Wow, I'm hating the seats now. It is hard and just uncomfortable for a long trip. My passengers have said the same. BTW, I'm 5'8" and 150lbs.
I remember the Subaru seats of late 80's, now those were comfortable seats!
2003 Legacy Wagon Spec Edt
#11536 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [famof3kids]
Aug 17, 2007 (12:47 pm)
I have the opposite experience with my 2006 2.5i SE. I find the seats uncomfortable at first and then I get accustomed to them. I have gone on a 1400 mile road trip without any issues. Having the 8-way power drivers seat makes a big difference as I don't find the passenger seat to be as comfortable. The Lumbar support doesn't seem to hit in the right spot and they seem very firm. But for long trips it actually helps to straighten out my slouch and I can keep driving for a lot longer.
#11537 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [shrinermonkey]
Aug 17, 2007 (12:54 pm)
The 06 would have different seats than an 03.
Basically the current Legacy came out in 2005. 2000-2004 were the years for the previous generation.
I do not like our 2002 Legacy L's seats much, either. I loved my '98 Forester's seats.
#11538 of 11746 Re: Uncomfortable driver's seat--Legacy Wagon [ateixeira]
Aug 17, 2007 (3:18 pm)
Yeah my 05 LGT wagon seats are great, even though they aren't even power. My favorite all time seats were the SVX leather seats. We did 1500 miles in 2 days in the SVX and didn't feel a thing