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Date registered: Jul 2009
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Well, a couple of upholstery places said they wouldn't touch a car like that, and I'm not sure about where a tuning shop would be here in central NJ. The dealer service people said not to even think about modifying the seats. I'm not sure who to ask.
Those seats are bizarrely shaped. You sit on a small 8-9 inch fairly soft square that is low down from the steeply angled front area and flaring sides of the seat that are very hard. These are the base seats with only a lumbar control wheel. I'm awaiting a couple of different size cloth-covered foam pads to try out. A sheepskin pad helps somewhat,
but it still digs in badly and actually leaves the back of my leg with a big red mark like
a bruise after a half-hour drive. It seems unique to the W220 S-class.
I test drove a new (2009) W221 S-class and the seat cushions are fine (out of my budget though). One nit-pick is that I wish the seat cushion would tilt up more,
as they never seem to get angled more than parallel to the ground and I feel a bit like
I'm sitting on the floor, and I needed to have the seat almost all the way back
(I've got long legs; when the 6-foot sales fellow got in the car I drove, he joked that he could not reach the pedals.)
I also sat in the new 2010 E-class, and the seat was so low, I felt like I was completely sitting on the floor, had to move the seat all the way back, and my knees were just unbent, in a straight line. (This was with the seat fully tilted up.)
The E seats themselves are great, but they need to be moved off the floor.
Why does Benz do this?