Last post on Aug 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Outback, Interior, Sedan, Wagon
#10 of 15 Re: Subaru Outback Passenger Seat height [jetpilot767]
Nov 26, 2012 (8:09 am)
I wanted to do the same for our Forester but the seat track appears to be riveted on rather than screwed on.
#11 of 15 Re: Subaru Outback Passenger Seat height [ateixeira]
Nov 26, 2012 (2:10 pm)
Yeah, it's awkward. I probably wouldn't ever notice it if the driver seat did not adjust upward so nicely! From what I can see, the only point the height could be adjusted is at the floor, where the seat track bolts to the vehicle's body pan. But, the bolts are not horizontal (in the front at least); they bolt at an angle. If you shimmed it, it would bring the whole assembly up and forward. The only practical way to raise it would be to fabricate a lift that maintained the fore/aft positioning to bring it up (and not lose strength/integrity in the structure in the event of a crash).
And, that brings me to the point where I wasn't bothered enough by it to pursue a fix.
#12 of 15 Re: Subaru seats [billd12]
Jul 01, 2013 (10:07 pm)
I've been having a hard time with the seats in my '12 OB as well. For me I can feel the frame through the bolster to the point that after only a few miles in the car my right leg begins to ache. I've complained to Subaru to the point they replaced the seat cushion and springs (so they said) but the problem persists. From my perspective the car is so uncomfortable to drive that it is distracting. The problem is there is little foam in the seat bottom and the bolster so sink into the seat to point where my thigh bones rest on the outside rails of the seat frame. I took the seat apart to see for myself what was going on and found the front of the seat is solid to allow for adjustment. The rear half of the seat has three springs that connect the front of the seat to the back of the seat and they are supposed to support the majority of a drivers weight. The problem is it looks like they were engineered to accommodate someone about 150 lbs max. The inadequate springs allow my back end to fall to low in relation to the front of the seat. I suspect that many of the back problems people have been reporting with the OB front seats is due to the sag in the seat bottom placing the lumbar support too high on the driver and also placing too much pressure on the drivers thighs. I placed a foam seat pad on the spring when I had the seat taken apart. That has helped to firm up the bottom of the seat, but I can still feel the frame on the sides meaning there is still too much sag. Since Subaru will only replace the seat with their own inadequate parts and will not pay for an upholsterer to do the job I'm left to do the job on my own. I would not buy another sub after this one. I have not been impressed. Tragic, since I have a 06' legacy wagon with great seats.
#13 of 15 Re: Subaru Outback Passenger Seat height [jetpilot767]
Jul 27, 2013 (9:52 am)
I have a similar problem. My husband bought a new Outback and the seat is so low I can't see over the dash. Whenever I ride in it my hips hurt for days afterward. We have tried a pillow and a Tush Cush but neither of them work to alleviate the pain.
#14 of 15 Re: Subaru seats [billd12]
Aug 03, 2013 (10:04 pm)
Thanks for your posts. I bought a 2002 OB new 11 years ago and after one month of driving it I developed a sore chronic backache. The only thing tht helped was putting a very thick Tush Cush on the cushion but that made my head almost touch the roof and the rest of my body did not fit the seat back in this new higher position. I ended up buying a Recaro seat to replace it $$$ and that worked. The problem with the seats is in the cushion. They do not support. You sink too far into the seat and if you have any kind of disc or wear on your spine you will feel it. Now I am in the market for a new car and just test drove a new OB. I could tell that they still have those faulty seat cushions and all the automated adjustments in the world will not help this design flaw. I will not go through that night mare again. I did feel that the Forester seats are firmer and so may not give the same result. But i'm not sure I can take the risk again.
#15 of 15 Re: Subaru seats [spondax]
Aug 03, 2013 (10:16 pm)
Thanks for the detective work and taking apart the OB seat. Everyone thought I was crazy when I replaced my seat with a Recaro because of the sudden onset of chronic back pain from it. For me it was lack of support in the bottom cushion and your spring theory may be the explanation. I weigh 120 lbs. Do you know if the Forester has the same seat design with the spring as you describe? It feels firmer to me but that could just be the foam they used. If that is the case the seat will no doubt eventually cause the same pain. I'm in the market for a new car.