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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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More comfortable seats?

My wife won't drive my car. Not that I mind too much, it's just that she says she finds the seats uncomfortable. What seats are good? Not hideously expensive, preferably something I might be able to swap out of another car.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 09:59 AM
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i hear the STI seats are good.. so thats what im working to get
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How many posts begin with "I need to get rid of this annoying whine" or "this noise is driving me crazy"? We finally have the answer....put the old seats back in!!!
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What do you drive, Mikey?

I found a set of '05 RS Impreza seats for $200.00 and put them in the Outback. They are definitely better than the old lazy boys I had before

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I got some seats out of a Buick Regal and basically welded them to the stock brackets (ruining the original seats in the process) But after all that they just dont fit right (they look great until you sit in them) and as comfortable as they are, I'm thinking I'm going to get some aftermarket Corbeau seats. Even after all that work, 500 miles a week is a lot of ass time to put up with uncomfortable seats. The Corbeau's are gonna run me nearly 800$ though, the Buick seats were more like 80$.
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I've got an 03 OB H6. I'm worried about matching the fabric too. If I get front seats that don't match the back, it'll look silly. I found leather seats (black) from an 02 OB but a) don't know if that'll improve the seat any buying an older one and b) the black leather wouldn't match the rest of my grey interior c) it has airbags in the seats while my 03 doesn't, so I don't know if it's just a plug in thing.

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Sheepskin covers are quite cushy and may change the feel.

Its my impression that a good quality one does in fact change the character of the seat quite a bit.
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Aftermarket seats can usually be made in any color you want too. Subaru seats are worse than the Head Gaskets.

They look OEM to me.
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I've got an 03 OB H6. I'm worried about matching the fabric too. If I get front seats that don't match the back, it'll look silly. I found leather seats (black) from an 02 OB but a) don't know if that'll improve the seat any buying an older one and b) the black leather wouldn't match the rest of my grey interior c) it has airbags in the seats while my 03 doesn't, so I don't know if it's just a plug in thing.
I would like to take a guess and say that you wife probably thinks your seats are too firm, eh? That would be my guess as MOST people think the seats in the 2000-2004 Outbacks are too firm, myself... I LOVE'EM!!! Best seats I've ever sat in and wouldn't trade them for anything on a long trip

Also IMHO, Subaru's leather seats are usually less comfortable than their cloth ones. Just my thoughts though, Subaru tends to use a very stiff leather and also their cloth in my 2003 H6 Wagon was very plush. Myself I prefer a firmer seat for my hard arse

As far as what to replace your seats with, I would say that if you have any auto junkyards in your area to go to them to see if they have any late model vehicles that are being scraped or whatever else. Otherwise you may have to buy some cheap Recaro or Monaco seats...
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