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Pros/Cons to reupholstering S-Class seat for comfort?

Any comment on reupholstering my S-Class Drivers seat?

The top front of my 2006 S430 drivers seat is like a hard, raised lump and is painful as it pushes up into the back of my leg. I guess this is "thigh support." (It's more like torture.)
I'm thinking of taking it to a good car reupolstery shop to maybe
replace the hard foam in this area with something softer and flatter.
Any thoughts on the wisdom of this? Thanks in advance.
[I have another, older post about my comfort problem.]
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I'm with you on some of the inconveniences of the one size fits all construction.
The main obstacle is the dubious quality of available artisans. Perhaps the best bet might be a top notch tuning outfit that have A1 upholsterers, electricians and electronics talent, plus access to most materials.

Good luck with your endeavor. JV
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What ever money you spend, kiss it goodbye because you will never see a cent of it on resale/trade. I wouldn't touch the seats. Leave them as-is and start saving for an 07 S550, which has much better seats and whole lot of better things.
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I'll say go for it. With VERY FEW exceptions, our cars are not investment as it will alway worth less when we sell it down the line. I rather spend the money for my comfort so that I can enjoy driving it and not worry about recovering the money at resell.
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Would the car have anything like multi-contour seats that operate with air bolsters, perhaps a valve broken making the bolster go hard?
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Agreeing with Diesel Benz, that sounds like a possible scenario. On some cars with multi-contour seats there are a couple of dials around the hard plastic seat base. I think the one on the driver's side is on the left side (toward the door). If you see something like that, bingo, that's your answer. S-Class seats in a car that new should not be uncomfortable. If that's not your answer, I agree with RKH. Just be careful and find a top notch upholsterer who can do justice to a nice car like that.

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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?
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