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Ever since I got the XC90 a couple of weeks ago, I've been experiencing lower back pain while driving. It disappears when I leave the car. I've tried many different seat positions and combinations, but can't manage to stop the pain. I come from an Audi S4 with zero back pain.

Is it that I have to get used to the new car seats? Is anybody else experiencing something similar?


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Ever since I got the XC90 a couple of weeks ago, I've been experiencing lower back pain while driving. It disappears when I leave the car. I've tried many different seat positions and combinations, but can't manage to stop the pain. I come from an Audi S4 with zero back pain.

Is it that I have to get used to the new car seats? Is anybody else experiencing something similar?


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Were you taught how to control the power lumbar on your new XC90?

There is a circular controller by your basic seat controls that have your height adjustable lumbar controls....should do the trick!
 

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Not trying to imply that it definitely wasn't the XC, but perhaps it was just a coincidence that the pain started when you got the XC. I've never experienced back issues from Volvo seats. Try adjusting the lumbar support and go see a specialist if the pain persists.
 

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Fortunately I've had the opposite happen to me, I'd get a back ache if I drove my '13 Escape for more than 15 minutes. Now I have no issues at all even if I'm driving for more than an hour. No surprise, she is my 6th Volvo. As stated above, you may want to adjust the lumbar. Good luck.
 

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I have enjoyed the drivers seat in the XC90. Interestingly, I spent a prolonged two drives of 5 hours each in the passenger seats recently and was miserable. Which was odd because I think they are the same. Since I wasn't driving a spent a long time trying to diagnose the source of my discomfort. I never definitely answered that challenge but what I did figure out was that when you use the thigh support booster it creates a gap in the cushion in the middle of the seat because the cushion is moved forward but not replaced. But since I use the thigh booster in the drivers seat I haven't noticed it. My theory is in the drivers seat I maintain a good posture and am pushed all the way back in the seat but as a passenger I tend to slouch forward which puts me in the dead zone between the cushions. I ended up having to vacillate between using thigh booster for a while and having it retract for a while to stay comfortable.
 

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I have enjoyed the drivers seat in the XC90. Interestingly, I spent a prolonged two drives of 5 hours each in the passenger seats recently and was miserable. Which was odd because I think they are the same. Since I wasn't driving a spent a long time trying to diagnose the source of my discomfort. I never definitely answered that challenge but what I did figure out was that when you use the thigh support booster it creates a gap in the cushion in the middle of the seat because the cushion is moved forward but not replaced. But since I use the thigh booster in the drivers seat I haven't noticed it. My theory is in the drivers seat I maintain a good posture and am pushed all the way back in the seat but as a passenger I tend to slouch forward which puts me in the dead zone between the cushions. I ended up having to vacillate between using thigh booster for a while and having it retract for a while to stay comfortable.
I have adjusted the lumbar support in every way possible, with no positive effect. What I haven't done is stretch the thigh booster. Do you have the thigh booster position pushed up to create an inverse v with your legs, or do you have it low with your legs stretched?


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Fortunately I've had the opposite happen to me, I'd get a back ache if I drove my '13 Escape for more than 15 minutes. Now I have no issues at all even if I'm driving for more than an hour. No surprise, she is my 6th Volvo. As stated above, you may want to adjust the lumbar. Good luck.
Could your more or less explain what combination you are currently using? Zero lumbar support? Stretched thigh cushion? High angle for the thigh cushion? Backrest well reclined?


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Not trying to imply that it definitely wasn't the XC, but perhaps it was just a coincidence that the pain started when you got the XC. I've never experienced back issues from Volvo seats. Try adjusting the lumbar support and go see a specialist if the pain persists.
I use the XC90 and pain starts, get out of the car, pain stops. Today I'm taking my wife's Touareg to work. I'll see what happens.


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Have you read through the controls? There were more than I had thought from just messing with it- in particular using the middle lever to to control the tilt of the seat(not the backrest) and to adjust the height of the seat, these two in conjunction with adjusting the steering wheel got me my ideal driving position. Since I'm pretty much the only driver of the car I've also set all three seat memory buttons. I generally use my first but have a second and third for more reclined for when I'm cruising on the highway. My first one doesn't use the thigh extension at all, I played around with it for a while to find a position I liked without it, mainly cause I don't like how it looks lol.

Anyway, I've found these seats to be very deserving of being called best in class.
 

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I have adjusted the lumbar support in every way possible, with no positive effect. What I haven't done is stretch the thigh booster. Do you have the thigh booster position pushed up to create an inverse v with your legs, or do you have it low with your legs stretched?


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I leave it just barely inclined above level. I don't want it pinching my thighs but like the support. I am 6'1" and on longer drives the cars without a deep seat or a booster really begin to hurt my thighs because the seats ends only about half way along them. Toyota and Lexus are the worst for this, except for the models with the booster. They seem to design seats for short people.
 

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I leave it just barely inclined above level. I don't want it pinching my thighs but like the support. I am 6'1" and on longer drives the cars without a deep seat or a booster really begin to hurt my thighs because the seats ends only about half way along them. Toyota and Lexus are the worst for this, except for the models with the booster. They seem to design seats for short people.
I can relate to that.

I am 6 feet 2 plus and remember test driving ( for the wife)a Honda CRV as well as a Nissan Qasqhai and coming away with the decision that the seats were designed for people with an average height of 5 foot 6 inches.
 

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I can not wait to get my hands om my XC90, due to be delivered in January. Right now we have a VW Polo as a family car (a bit of a squeeze with 2 kids) and my back starts hurting after less than 5 minutes but then that car was built for vertically challenged people...
 

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I leave it just barely inclined above level. I don't want it pinching my thighs but like the support. I am 6'1" and on longer drives the cars without a deep seat or a booster really begin to hurt my thighs because the seats ends only about half way along them. Toyota and Lexus are the worst for this, except for the models with the booster. They seem to design seats for short people.
I'm 6'1" myself and have long legs. I'm going to try your setup and hope it works. Thanks.


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I use the XC90 and pain starts, get out of the car, pain stops. Today I'm taking my wife's Touareg to work. I'll see what happens.


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That's too bad.

How was the ride with the VW seats?
 

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I experienced similar in my limited time in the passenger seat. Fortunately there are many seat positions that Nearly anybody should be able to find one that's comfortable. I just found it much easier in the driver seat then the passenger seat. It really probably was due to slumping in the passenger seat.
 

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That's too bad.

How was the ride with the VW seats?
In the VW, I did feel my back a little sore, but not close to what I feel in the Volvo.

I'm going to switch cars with my wife for a week to see if the pain dissipates.


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I've had lower back pain in many cars over many years. Adjustable lumbar support has always been too high regardless of adjustment.

I've always had a folded-up sweatshirt in the lower corner of the seat, always does the trick. Mitsubishi Eclipse to XC90, go figure.
 
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