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    Seats, uncomfortable?

    Anyone else struggling to get comfortable in their cars?

    I've tried almost every seat and steering wheel position, and I get neck and shoulder discomfort almost everytime after a drive.

    My car is a 2.0T Luxury(Standard seat and suspension), no sunroof.

    I'm 6'2, about 165lbs with long limbs, wouldn't consider myself very big.

    Edmunds Long Term Test mentions the something similar: http://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/ats/...s-comfort.html

    I find the headrest is getting in the way of a perfect seating position. The lumbar support does help my lower back, but it's almost too low, almost where my tailbone is. My shoulder also feel very cramped around the seat-belt/B-pillar area.

    Anyone else have similar problems? Am I doing it wrong?
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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ4 View Post
    Anyone else struggling to get comfortable in their cars?

    I've tried almost every seat and steering wheel position, and I get neck and shoulder discomfort almost everytime after a drive.

    My car is a 2.0T Luxury(Standard seat and suspension), no sunroof

    I'm 6'2, about 165lbs with long limbs, wouldn't consider myself very big.


    Edmunds Long Term Test mentions the something similar: http://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/ats/...s-comfort.html

    I find the headrest is getting in the way of a perfect seating position. The lumbar support does help my lower back, but it's almost too low, almost where my tailbone is. My shoulder also feel very cramped around the seat-belt/B-pillar area.

    Anyone else have similar problems? Am I doing it wrong?
    Is the headrest adjust to the most rearward position?

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by MASCAD View Post
    Is the headrest adjust to the most rearward position?
    Yup, tried all adjustments.

    For the headrest, up/down, inwards/outwards, anything I'm missing?
    I feel if i could bent the headrests back a bit, it would solve a lot of my discomfort issues.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ4 View Post
    Anyone else struggling to get comfortable in their cars?

    I've tried almost every seat and steering wheel position, and I get neck and shoulder discomfort almost everytime after a drive.

    My car is a 2.0T Luxury(Standard seat and suspension), no sunroof.

    I'm 6'2, about 165lbs with long limbs, wouldn't consider myself very big.

    Edmunds Long Term Test mentions the something similar: http://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/ats/...s-comfort.html

    I find the headrest is getting in the way of a perfect seating position. The lumbar support does help my lower back, but it's almost too low, almost where my tailbone is. My shoulder also feel very cramped around the seat-belt/B-pillar area.

    Anyone else have similar problems? Am I doing it wrong?
    I am sorry you are having this problem. You probably aren't doing anything wrong. You could just be someone who isn't a great match for the seats. I hope you can find the "best" settings though. I also thought the lumbar support should be higher but it was still okay for us.

    While it doesn't help you, for anyone else reading this thread before buying any car, try to take an extended drive (3-4 hours) in a car with the same seats (and other ergonomics) before buying. It might be a hassle but you will likely have the car for years so make sure there aren't any comfort surprises. I knew to do that because my wife's back is sensitive but even if it wasn't that doesn't mean the seat was designed right. Fortunately for US the Premium/Performance seats felt great.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    are the front seat headrests removable? I just tried and couldn't get it out.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    The seats I found were on the firm side of firm. Not quite the concrete nature of the Recaro's in the V, but a far cry from being able to mold to whatever shape your body happens to be in.

    My old B5 was worse though, I couldn't go for more than 2 hours without searing lower back pain in that car.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ4 View Post
    are the front seat headrests removable? I just tried and couldn't get it out.
    The owners manual (section 3) has this statement:

    "The front seat outboard head
    restraints are not designed to be
    removed."

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Everything like this is relative, of course; sorry you are having a problem. I find the seats in the ATS (I have the Premium) to be extremely comfortable; almost as good as my '92 Allanté's Recaro seats.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    What's the difference between the premium/upgraded seats vs the standard?
    I was only aware of the thigh adjust.

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ4 View Post
    Anyone else struggling to get comfortable in their cars?

    I've tried almost every seat and steering wheel position, and I get neck and shoulder discomfort almost everytime after a drive.

    t is getting in the way of a perfect seating position. The lumbar support does help my lower back, but it's almost too low, almost where my tailbone is. My shoulder also feel very cramped around the seat-belt/B-pillar area.

    Anyone else have similar problems? Am I doing it wrong?
    I have had the exact same issue as you, CZ4. I could have written your post! It felt OK when I was driving, but after coming out of the car, my neck, shoulders, and back felt really uncomfortable. I also felt that the headrest was too far forward in its rearmost position, and that the lumbar support was too low -- I wish it could be raised.

    But I found a solution! I bought an ObusForme Lowback backrest support, and that solved everything. It looks like this:

    ObusForme Small .jpeg

    The lumbar support on the ObusForme can be adjusted, and there is a strap which goes around your seat, so it stays in place. It also allows the proper amount of room for your neck not to be cramped by the headrest.

    You can either order one directly from ObusForme (Canadian link below), or they also have at Amazon and WalMart.

    http://www.obusforme.com/sit/back-su...port-2645.html

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    Re: Seats, uncomfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lorne View Post
    Thanks! I'll look into it. They even have burgundy/morello red

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    Nooooo, that takes away all the work that has been done to remove the old man stigma.
    I'm three months in now. First couple weeks were ok, then had about a month of discomfort and playing with the settings.
    I came to realize this is a sports sedan and you have to sit in it as such.
    Have your hips slightly higher than your knees, recline the back more. Contrary to most cars, do not have the lumber support fully extended.
    Make sure when you get in the car it is butt first, then legs.

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    I find the seats uncomfortable on longer drives. As mentioned in an earlier post, the lumbar support is very low and is not height adjustable like it was on my BMW. Also, I can't raise the front of the seat bottom compared to the back unless I have the seat bottom very low. I had to resort to a lumbar pillow on longer drives, which helps some. The seat seems less uncomfortable on days I have worked out and stretched, but only marginally so.

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