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#11 of 27 Toyota Highlander Leather seats
May 14, 2007 (2:40 pm)
Response to #7 of 10 by treeman July 11, 2006 regarding uncomfortable leather seats on driver's and front passenger's side. Our 2006 Highlander Sport now with 14,000 miles is unbearable to drive on long distance trips due to front seat pressure on our body bottom. This occurs after about a few hundred miles. Tried pillows and an after market seat pad with various vibrators and heat. No sucess in removing the unbearable pressure and driving discomfort with these attempts. Now have asked dealer to step in and help. They sent me to an upholstery shop who suggested adding an inch of foam to the center flat section of the seat to raise me up from the side bolsters on the horizontal surface of the front seat. Have not had this done but will keep you informed if this solves the problem. The seat back and lumbar do no seem to be a problem. In pain on long trips I am aware of the problem and of Toyotas reluctance to help us.
#12 of 27 Re: Reply to treeman #7 of 10 Leather seats uncomfortable
May 14, 2007 (2:50 pm)
Front seats most uncomfortable and unbearable on long trips. Trying thru local Toyota dealer to have a local upholstery shop add foam padding to seat surface, not the back of the seat. Purpose is to raise this center section so side bolster does not push against my body. Pain is unbearable and limits the use of this vehicle. Will let you know soon if this works and details of specifically what was done to remove the seat pressure points causing the butt pain.
#13 of 27 '08 Highlander Leather seat
Sep 04, 2007 (7:06 pm)
I just purchased the stock 08 HL 2WD. I would like to put leather on it. The dealer quoted me around $1,900 for it.
Anyone know where I can get it for less expensive?
#14 of 27 no leather for me
Sep 06, 2007 (5:39 am)
the reason most new leather seats don't hold up well (and one reason why I won't have them) is that they aren't solid leather. They are "bonded" leather which is like McNuggets: pieces-parts; made by pressing together lots of smaller pieces to make one.
Bonded leather is thinner, wrinkles easier and wears thru much faster. It is also more easily damaged by sun (UV). It even has to have a laminated cloth backing sheet just to hold it together.
A telling fact: in 1976, a new $12k car could have leather (not just seating surfaces, the entire seat, and in solid sheets) for $1000. Today, that car that costs 40k and can stil get leather; only in "seating areas", "bonded" leather; but still for around the same $1000.
Simply put, modern cloth seats hold up much better over time. I have put over 200k on numerous cloth-seat cars and all of them look better than 50k leather.
#16 of 27 Highlander Hybrid Passenger Seat Problem
Sep 29, 2006 (10:12 pm)
When I purchased the 2007 Highlander Hybrid I failed to notice that the passenger side seat controls did not have lumbar and seat tilt adjustment like the driver side. This was a big problem!
After a couple hours driving, my wife's (passenger) back started to hurt. It was clear that not having lumbar and seat tilt controls on the passenger side was a mistake. The seat is very uncomfortable for anyone. I called Toyota and they said that the way it is and there is nothing they can do about it.
Does anyone else have this problem and any ideas what can be done about it??
I went to a store that sales car seat cushions and bought $200 worth of lumbar and seat cushions but they are a poor substitute for a good seat design.
#17 of 27 Re: Highlander Hybrid Passenger Seat Problem [hmcpeak]
Nov 01, 2006 (8:22 pm)
Shortly after I purchased my 2006 HH Limited, my wife had similar back problems. Then I found, to my disappointment, that the 2 front power seats were not the same, not even close. The passenger seat has very few controls, not even an up and down control. Quite unlike my old GM SUV Limited which had identical full controls on each seat. I complained to the sales manager and pointed out that the window sticker said both front seats were power seats. I found out later that the owners manual is even misleading on this. His response was that both seats do have power and that they don't necessarily have to be the same. "Power is Power." What a jerk. And you can not buy a full power passenger seat from Toyota. So, my wife uses a pillow for height and it helps.
On a good note, my HH does have plenty of zip and (horse)power when I need it. I have had my HH for over a year and have gone thru one upstate NY winter with no problems, other than low MPG in the cold months(6 of them) that everyone is encountering. The vehicle has been very dependable thru 25k miles. So, overall I'm satisfied.
#18 of 27 Re: Highlander Hybrid Passenger Seat Problem [hmcpeak]
Mar 14, 2007 (9:33 am)
I thought the differences between the driver and passenger seats were pretty clearly stated.
Didn't you, and your wife, test drive the Highlander first?
#20 of 27 Re: Highlander Hybrid Passenger Seat Problem [hmcpeak]
Oct 07, 2007 (1:51 am)
I purchased a 2007 FJ Cruiser last October. I had never owned a Toyota prior to this purchase. Within a few months I had terrible back problems. I had never had back problems before and was in great physical shape. We figured out it was my seat causing the problem in my FJ Cruiser. The seat in this vehicle sits too close to the ground causing your knees to be higher than your torso. I quit driving my FJ Cruise and starting driving my old Vehicle and GMC Truck. My back began to heal and the pain went away. After a week of driving the truck I wanted to drive my FJ Cruiser again and my back started killing me. It was obvious there is a problem with this seat. Ergonomically you are sitting in a terrible position in this vehicle. I sold my truck this past Thursday. I want to know how many consumers are not paying attention to what is causing their lower back pain!