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Those who drive other models of Volvos, please feel free to contribute too...<p><A HREF="http://www.autoblog.com/2009/08/06/top-10-auto-interior-annoyances/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoblog.com/2009/0...nces/</A><p>Just happened to come across this while browsing through some car news... and I found this list containing the top 10 interior annoyances rated by AutoBlog. Reading through it, I find that incomplete power seat controls made it to the list. While I can agree with this (some cars I know only have one or two modes of electric adjustment) , I wonder why Volvo was singled out regarding this. <p>Those of us with powered seats in our Volvos get it 8-way adjustable. Isn't this more than enough? Some cars make do with only 4-way. Some cars out there have plenty more (12-way?). But will having too many adjustments turn out to be confusing and gimmicky? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>For both driver and front passenger in my S40 we found comfortable seat positions easily (more or less within a few minutes or so, with only fine-tweaking after that) where we can sit for hours and just watch the road go by. So for those with power seats, did you ever have problems finding a comfortable seating position due to the insufficient modes of adjustment? And how long did it take for you to find that position?
 

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I had two C30s whilst in Sweden and the first one I could never get the seat comfy and was always adjusting it. The amount of variation means you have so much to choose from but you are also starting from someone's setting.<p>However, the second one I had was comfy from within about 2 mins!
 

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I've had to adjust my normal driving style. I like to be sitting upright, and I can't because if I do, the headrest tilts forward and pushes my head forward. No amount of messing with the positioning or lumbar would rectify this. It bothered me a bit, but I've adjusted. I can see how some would be annoyed.
 

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When I got back from Europe for 6 weeks I was trying desperately for the first 3 days to get comfortable in my seats, which was a huge suprise because before I could just get in and go. Now I've either gotten used to it or found a good driving position.
 

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I end up changing it daily .... Thats why im considering a racing seat for myself so there are NO more choices <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I read this article yesterday, too...LOL<p>I was wondering what other directions could somebody possibly want? <p>My position seems to be perfect for me.
 

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I think our seats are pretty comfortable. I've never taken the time to read up on how to set the 3 different memory positions as I am always adjusting it anyway. I like the drive a little cramped, but on long trips I adjust the seat around a lot to help relieve the cramping.
 

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Re: Anyone had trouble finding a comfortable seating position? (frontwheeldriven)

my seat is absolutely perfect. Granted, it took weeks to get it dialed in. <p>I followed the cardinal rules... feet hit the firewall, shoulders don't pull off the seat in full turns, etc. What took me the longest to dial in was the bottom seat angle. <p>I also utilize the 3 way memory... the primary is for me, the 2nd is for my girlfriend (when I drink a little too much on a Saturday night), and the 3rd is if I have a passenger right behind me to give them some more leg room. The 3 memory setting is a godsend because one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is if someone changes my driver's seat.<p>That website said that the seat controls are incomplete, but really... what more do I really want to adjust?<br>
 

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Re: Anyone had trouble finding a comfortable seating position? (40 Rouge)

Well,<p>I've heard about prior generation Volvos having better seats than the current ones, but at least in my bottoms opinion, I've never had any better seats. <p>Prior cars I've had were:<p>Opel Vectra: Manual seats, decent enough, still had to stop and stretch on trips.<p>Volkswagen Golf (Beater): Manual seats, seating position depended on whether you wanted puncture wounds or not. Trip depended on how much water was available for the radiator, so comfort was not an big issue.<p>Current: Not much to complain about. Drove up to Toronto and back with no comfort issues.<p>Well, except that the B-pillar is a bit close when you try to look back (not comfort related). And that trying to recline the seat when taking a nap at a rest stop is nearly impossible. The way the seat hinges leaves a ledge between seat bottom and seat back. That and the head rest gets in the way when reclined.
 

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Re: Anyone had trouble finding a comfortable seating position? (I Saw 50)

Well now that i think about this, i guess it is hard to find a good postion when im trying to put her in a position ... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>haha
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mofolicious</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've had to adjust my normal driving style. I like to be sitting upright, and I can't because if I do, the headrest tilts forward and pushes my head forward. No amount of messing with the positioning or lumbar would rectify this. It bothered me a bit, but I've adjusted. I can see how some would be annoyed.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I like to sit upright too. But not quite dead upright... very slightly reclined, just enough so that I don't feel the strain on my neck. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jdsr917</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I end up changing it daily .... Thats why im considering a racing seat for myself so there are NO more choices <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>There is still once more choice... change the seat again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>40 Rouge</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I also utilize the 3 way memory... the primary is for me, the 2nd is for my girlfriend (when I drink a little too much on a Saturday night), and the 3rd is if I have a passenger right behind me to give them some more leg room. The 3 memory setting is a godsend because one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is if someone changes my driver's seat.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Me too... the 3 memory positions are essential. Otherwise when dad drives the car he'll go mad finding that perfect position again... and I have to endure the moaning... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Saw 50</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Current: Not much to complain about. Drove up to Toronto and back with no comfort issues.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I can sit in there for 4 hours and get out as fresh as when I got in. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>frontwheeldriven</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I like to sit upright too. But not quite dead upright... very slightly reclined, just enough so that I don't feel the strain on my neck. <p>There is still once more choice... change the seat again. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Me too... the 3 memory positions are essential. Otherwise when dad drives the car he'll go mad finding that perfect position again... and I have to endure the moaning... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I can sit in there for 4 hours and get out as fresh as when I got in. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>I love how comfortable the seats are. I have the power ones and also use the 3 different memories. I set one for my "normal" everyday to and from work driving. 2 is for when I have a passenger behind me, and 3 is for long trips. If anyone else drives they can adjuste it however they like and I just push my preset.<p>I did notice something strange once that the seat moved back on its own when I unlocked and opened the door. I think it was because it was adjusted so far forward it automatically moves back to allow you to get in easier. I could be wrong but thought that the only reason it might do that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>x-omatic</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>I love how comfortable the seats are. I have the power ones and also use the 3 different memories. I set one for my "normal" everyday to and from work driving. 2 is for when I have a passenger behind me, and 3 is for long trips. If anyone else drives they can adjuste it however they like and I just push my preset.<p>I did notice something strange once that the seat moved back on its own when I unlocked and opened the door. I think it was because it was adjusted so far forward it automatically moves back to allow you to get in easier. I could be wrong but thought that the only reason it might do that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Memory seating is a small feature that makes a huge difference... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>For my car, when the car is unlocked and the door opened, the seat will move to the position when the car was locked with that remote control (the car has 2 keys).
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>frontwheeldriven</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Memory seating is a small feature that makes a huge difference... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>For my car, when the car is unlocked and the door opened, the seat will move to the position when the car was locked with that remote control (the car has 2 keys). </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Maybe that was it as I had loaned my car to a friend and they used the other key.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>coolin</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">do 2.4i's come with these krazy seats?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As in the "self-adjusting" seats when the car is unlocked and the door opened? <p>If the car has powered seats with memory, then yes... it's there.
 

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Re: Anyone had trouble finding a comfortable seating position? (frontwheeldriven)

Actually, funny you mention comfortable seating...that was a major factor in me buying my car (along with AWD, manual, pep, and not overly priced). It only took a few minutes to set up the seats and mirrors perfectly. My girlfriend drives a 07 Civic Hybrid, which is unbearable to sit in after an hour or two. Five and six hour drives in her car are absolute torture. In my car, by contrast, she falls asleep instead of playing navigator... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> I imagine I could drive to FL with only a meal & bathroom break in SC or GA with these seats<p>I also set my seat memory to all three settings, just in case. For the most part, no one drives my car but me anyway, so it works out just fine. Girlfriend can't drive stick, and there's NO WAY I'm teaching her on this clutch. Now to track down another beater Saturn SL2. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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