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#49 of 71 Re: 2007-2010 Camry Cloth Seats vs Leather Seats [kiawah]
Aug 08, 2010 (5:33 pm)
I bought the 2009 Camry Hybrid with leather seats because it had a GPS and the Camrys with cloth seats didn't have a GPS at the time. I have since found a great auto upholsterer who took the seat cover off, removed 2 metal rods that ran down the middle of the seat (from steering wheel to the back), and then added a bit more padding. The rods were like coat hanger wire only much thicker and each had a loop on the end to connect to the fabric which ended at the middle back of the seat bottom. Very uncomfortable! The rods were only used in the seat design and removing them did not change the seat other than the comfort. This was not the seat back or lumbar support This was where we sit! As soon as I drove away from the upholsterers, I knew the problem was solved. The guys at the Toyota dealership as well as the Toyota factory rep said there wasn't anything wrong. So much for making their customers satisfied! Remember when they used to say, "Get your hands on a Toyota, you'll never let go! ?" Well, not anymore.
#50 of 71 Re: 2007-2010 Camry Cloth Seats vs Leather Seats [andie4]
Aug 08, 2010 (10:55 pm)
Thanks for sharing this info and congratulations on the fix. I'm a little more used to my Camry, but the seats are still to hard to take on long trips. I'm wondering if all '09's have this construction, or just the ones with leather seats. (I have cloth.) My seat feels hard, but I can't feel rods under the foam. Did you feel them under you when you were sitting?
Also, where were they in the seat -- can you feel them if you put your hand underneath the seat bottom or are they just inside the the seat? I'd like to know the details before I have my driver's seat taken apart. Btw, it would be even better if I could talk to your upholstery guy so I could tell mine how to do this. Thanks!
#51 of 71 Re: seat comfort, 2007 Camry [gailalong]
Mar 02, 2011 (9:02 am)
I purchased my 2007 Camry XLE in November of 2010 . I love everthing about my car except I have been experiencingSevere Low Back Pain and went to several doctors trying to figure out what's going on and have thought back to when my pain started was after the purchase of my car.. I now ride with a pillow for support for my lower back which is helping some.. I had a Honda Accord EX for 5 years before purchasing the 2007 Camry and never had this problem before.. I'm glad I found this site to let me know I'm not going crazy after all..
#52 of 71 Front Seat Comfort!
Mar 13, 2011 (6:55 am)
I improved my seat comfort in my 2007 V6 XLE Camry. ------- I purchased two pieces of 2" foam, (cut to fit the size of the base of the front bucket seats), and I covered them with gray toweling. I now sit on these cushions, and it makes the seat vey comfortable on long drives. ------ Something that you might want to consider. ------- Best regards! ------- Dwayne
#53 of 71 Re: Front Seat Comfort! [djm2]
Mar 13, 2011 (12:34 pm)
What is gray toweling and where do you get it? Thanks!
#54 of 71 Re: Front Seat Comfort! [skyfan1]
Mar 13, 2011 (4:07 pm)
I just went to a "Bath Store" and purchased two large bath towels that matched the interior of the car. I folded the towel around the foam, and made it into cushion. It works! ----------- Dwayne
#55 of 71 Re: car seat discomfort [rocky74]
Oct 24, 2011 (5:05 pm)
Rocky74, did you resolve your upper-thigh bone pain in your Camry? I experience identical symptoms in my 2010 Camry: right upper thigh pain as well as a sense of imbalance--like my right side is not as well supported as my left.
Thank you for any advice on strategies to remedy this.
#56 of 71 Re: car seat discomfort [gord0n]
Oct 24, 2011 (10:17 pm)
What I did was buy a 2 or 3 inch thick soft square seat cushion like for an indoor chair (only $4.95 in a sale bin at Sears in their house goods dept.), and place that on the driver's seat. It has a pillowy feel to it and takes care of the pressure point under my right thigh, making the seat a little easier to bear. This cushion works better than the 4 or 5 more expensive ones that I bought at various automotive supply and Better Back stores. It's softer than the cushions that are sold to go over car seats. You really have to experiment with what works for you... too hard and it's not helpful, too soft it squishes too easily, too buoyant you could bounce around too much while driving, which could cause other problems. The seat back could be a little softer, also, and sometimes I put something in back of me. That helps the overall feel.
Even with the pillow, I'm still not 100% crazy about the seat, but I'm hesitant to have it taken apart and rebuilt because I know from experience with other cars that that doesn't always come out right. When my Pontiac seat had to be rebuilt, it took 3 or 4 tries, and I was in agony before they got the right foam and feel.
Another important thing is to be conscious of the fact that Camry seats are made to sit in firmly like on a chair, rather than the way I learned to sit in my cushier former cars. Sit up straight, legs in front of you, like you're at a desk, and that helps.
The other major thing that I did to improve the ride is reduce my commute to work from 15 miles to 6. It's easier to stand the Camry for 10 minutes at a time as opposed to 25. For longer rides, I still have my '97 Pontiac Bonneville that, thank goodness, I didn't trade in. Hope that helps.
#57 of 71 Camry car seat discomfort
Oct 25, 2011 (5:33 am)
I had a huge problem with my tail bone and car seat. I have an '08 Camry Hybrid with leather seats. I always felt like there was something in the seat that didn't belong there! The dealer didn't care/couldn't see or feel anything and even said they took apart the seat but I didn't believe that. I took my car to an auto upholstery business in town that has a great reputation and has been in business for 30+ years. The guys took apart the seat and removed 2 metal rods that ran the length of the seat,(the part we sit on, not the back). The rods were like thick wire coat hangers and, according to my upholsterer, were there to somehow make the leather fabric look good but really didn't need to be in the seat. Ta da! No more pain and the cost was small compared to the discomfort. I have to say that, other than easily cleaning the seats, the leather from Toyota isn't worth much and the seats aren't as soft as the test drive car. Still getting great gas mileage!
#58 of 71 Re: car seat discomfort [rocky74]
Nov 05, 2011 (1:13 pm)
Thank you for the information. I am a bit disappointed that it appears from your reply and many others that the solution is mine to find, not the manufacturer's. I assumed that a new Camry would have comfortable seats based on my experience with a 2000 model that has very comfy front seats. Something changed between 2000 and 2010 in their seat design or fabrication.
I commute 130 miles often, so comfort is important. So, I'll look into an add-on cushion. That seems to be the best option short of re-upholstering, which as you note, is not a sure thing.