Last post on Oct 23, 2007 at 2:02 PM
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#5 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [ateixeira]
Oct 13, 2007 (10:07 pm)
Hey frizz (or anyone else who has advice) - was wondering if you had any luck doing this? Found a GREAT deal on a Limited but like you, I need the second row bench. Any thoughts from anyone whether there is an easy to do this or do I need to pass on this deal? Thanks all!
#6 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [jchenirvine]
Oct 14, 2007 (10:49 am)
Unfortunately I didn't find a solution for this and we ended up simply making due with 7 seats. It wasn't worth the cost of buying a whole new vehicle, or trading into a lesser equipped vehicle to get 8 seats.
I still think this is a strange omission; it would not be hard to design the floor to accommodate different seating setups so that any seating arrangement could be had at any trim level. A friend of mine has a Ford Expedition with the third row seat, and while the Sienna has it all over the Expedition as far as versatility, comfort, useable room, etc, it's amazing how often our families end up piling into his car simply due to that extra seat. Seems like a missed opportunity for Toyota and other manufacturers to me, and it wouldn't require changing the body of the vehicle at all.
#7 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [frizz2112]
Oct 15, 2007 (3:21 pm)
I called a local Toyota dealer this morning who told me it was fairly easy to make the switch because they DO use the same anchors. Told me they could get me a bench for about $1500. I have heard in the past that it was hard to do so not sure what to believe now...
#8 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [jchenirvine]
Oct 15, 2007 (4:59 pm)
Interesting. I wonder what they mean by "bench." The 8 passenger Siennas I've seen don't really have a "bench" in the second row per se, but three separate seats that can form a bench type seat. I was told by my local dealer that the floor stamping was different from the 7 passenger version and that this could not be done, so I'd be curious to hear what you find out.
#9 of 14 8th seat
Oct 16, 2007 (11:39 am)
the Honda 8th seat is for midgets or toddlers, we had a Venture with 8 seats and when GM gave up that market the Sienna was the only real choice as that Ody 8th seat is a total joke.
#10 of 14 Re: 8th seat [cptplt]
Oct 16, 2007 (11:51 am)
I agree to an extent, but they're all probably a joke if you're talking 8 full sized adults. Often you have a few smaller kids in the mix, and that extra small seat makes the difference between everyone riding together or taking two vehicles.
Either way, I hope some manufacturer wakes up to this. Most of the contenders in this segment have the room readily available; it's just a matter of reengineering the seating setup.
#11 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [jchenirvine]
Oct 17, 2007 (6:40 pm)
How funny that this topic has come up right now! I just went to my local dealership to get one of my second seats (I have a 7 seater CE) moved over so that my "peeps" don't have to climb over each other to get to the third seat. I just took a look at the anchor points, and there's not really room for another seat that I can see, so I'd be very interested to see how that dealership can convert a 7 seater into an 8 seater unless they're taking out both of the captain's seats and replacing them with a bench seat (yuck!). One of the main reasons I first looked for a Sienna 7 years ago was because it had captain's seats in the second row.
Let us know how that works out for you.
#12 of 14 Re: 8th seat [frizz2112]
Oct 19, 2007 (8:22 am)
The middle row seats of the 8 seaters while clearly less wide than the "captains chairs" are still adequate for an adult and quite honestly, unless you are "oversized" they are more than adequate for adults on long trips. You lose out on elbow room but not much on seat bottom width. The hondas 8th seat is for people with very small bottoms! It would have been ok when my older kids were still kids and not teens who are as tall as I am now!
My old 00 Ventures 2nd row 3 seats weren't bad either and in fact for a few years after our model year GM actually had some 7 seaters with that same 3 seat 2nd row and then they put 2 of those same seats for the 3rd row instead of a bench like most people have in the 3rd row or they had in our 8 seater.
#13 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [siennami]
Oct 19, 2007 (9:57 pm)
I'm starting to think this CANNOT be done easily. Same dealership that told me if was easy referred me to Toyota customer service when I called a second time. When I called customer service the guy said Toyota does not recommend doing it as it voids the warranty (something about the side airbag configuration). I think I'll forget about doing this and either just get the 8 seater without the perks available only in the XLE or Limited or get another make that has 8 passenger capacity AND the luxury features. Very frustrating Toyota would design something like this...
#14 of 14 Re: Converting from 7 to 8 passenger [jchenirvine]
Oct 23, 2007 (2:02 pm)
You would have to cut holes in the floor pan, weld on new anchors, ... it's just not practical.
7 seater owners might feel better to know that a center console will fit between the captain's chairs but not on the 8 seat model.
So there're your revenge.