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Old 10-12-2009, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2006 Outback VDC Wagon. When you fold down the rear seats to make the storage area bigger, is there any way that they fold down absolutely flat like some other station wagons? I can only get the rear seats to fold down so that there is still an angle. In other words, if you wanted to sleep back there when camping or something, it would not be flat enough to be comfortable.

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Old 10-12-2009, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, the seat backs will not lay flat. Typically for the seats to lay flat the bottom cushion needs to fold up against the front seats. You cannot do this in an Outback.
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the seats aren't too bad to sleep on when folded down. my son (granted, he's 11) slept in my OBW for 4 days at a music festival, he loved it. i parked level, and he slept w/ his head toward the front of the car. w put a foam cushion as a mat under his sleeping bag.
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You might find that they go down a little more flat if you remove the headrests. But never 100% flat. Very few wagons do (I just looked at a whole bunch when car shopping); the Outback is better than most.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In my 2003, they DO fold down flat.

In about the middle of the passenger side rear seat, reach down into the crack between the bottoms and the backs, and find a pull strap. This strap will unlock the seat base, allowing it to tip forward.

(You must pretty much empty the foot wells first.)

Then, you can remove the head rests from the rear seats, and fold them forward, into the gap created by raising the base forward. They even rest on features on the bottom of the base part to prevent them from tipping forward under load.

It also helps if you roll up the seatbelts, and put the heads in the little pockets in the back of the seat, if your car has these. Much tidier.

Don't know if your year does this, but mine does. My wife's '95 Impreza wagon is the same way.
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Hm, I was always a bit bummed about the seats not folding flat like the passat wagon, but thought that with enough weight on them, they would eventually be flat (squishing the cushions a little bit).

On your '03, do you remove the seat bottom cushion or fold it up? Is it hinged in the front?
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*Ahem*

Folding the seats flat

Although this is on a 2000-2004 model. I can't imagine them changing that. The 97 I drove had the same feature if memory serves.
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Thanks Brucey. I'd love to be able to do that rear-seat-cushion-flip on my '08. But I can't find that strap and I see no mention of it in the Owners Manual. I'd be happy to be proved wrong... Maybe it was still on the higher trims???
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But I can't find that strap and I see no mention of it in the Owners Manual.

2005+ Outback (and Legacy) wagon does not have a fold forward rear seat cushion. The cushion is fastened to the floor with clips. Perhaps it can be removed to attain a flatter floor, but the folded down seat backs would then not have any support.
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Does rear seats folding instruction provided by Brucey works on Outback 2010?
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