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Back pain from W204 sports seats

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by semajLeeds, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. semajLeeds

    semajLeeds New Registration

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    Mar 23, 2012
    Your Mercedes:
    C220 sport 2009

    I recently bought a W204 with leather sports seats - I've been getting back pain from the narrowness & firmness of the seats. Is this a common problem?

    The dealer says not but I don't believe him

  2. jberks

    jberks Senior Member

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    May 12, 2004
    M1, Outside lane, somewhere between Leeds and Lond
    Your Mercedes:
    Jaguar XF 3.0 S, LR Freelander 2, Fiat 500 & Fiat Panda
    I found them a bit narrow but very supportive.
    We have this regularly and the same answer comes in time and time again.
    90% of the time, someone gets a car and naturally attempts to replicate the seating position they had in their last car. Cars are different shapes and sizes so in most cases this will result in the wrong seating position for the new car.
    Instead, start from scratch. Seat quite upright, arms at 3:45 slightly bent etc. Then tweak it over time. It will feel very odd at first but give it time to get used to the new position.
    Some cars have soft seats (Volvo, Renault etc) and have a great reputation for seating but I always wonder whether their seat design isn't simply more tolerant to poor positioning.
    Your dealer is right. There are thousands of high mileage C classes out there attesting to the fact that they're long distance comfy cruisers.

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