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Old 07-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Is it just me or are Boxster seats....

uncomfortable? I have a Boxster base 2001 with 40k miles on it and I find a local drive is okay on the rear end but longer than that, my rear end gets sore. What are your experiences with it? Do you live with it or.....?
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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I have driven my 2000 986 for 2.5 hours and only stopped for gas. My butt was happy and I am 6' and 175 lbs.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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Two hour commutes every weekend. 5'10, 200 lbs, and I feel just fine. Getting in and out of the car is a different story
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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It's not you, I have the same issues.
Came from a Volvo background and must admit that I am spoiled by the Swedish seats. When I sit in them it just fits so nice. Not so with the P-car. Maybe the high end optional ones are better than the standard seats.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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Six hour drives to beach house. Today makes sixth trip this summer. Love the car. Never notice anything about butt, I fractured my back about five years ago so long drives used to kill me but I only stop for fuel. In last four days I have put 18 hours and almost 1300 miles on it. Very little back pain just a little sore but that is from just sitting. This is best fitting car. 6'1"" and 220lbs.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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The stock seats lacked lumbar support for me, so I made adjustable lumbar support by putting a blood pressure cuff behind the seat cushion and then pumping it up until it felt right.

I upgraded to a set of sport seats from an '03 and they were fine as is. I often drive for 6 to 8 hours stopping only for gas and nature and have no pain. Getting out of the car after a few hours in the saddle can be rather unpleasant however.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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I replaced mine with Sparco sport seats. I had the same issue with my 928 and 911. Stock seats look good when new...but...
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #8
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2004 with base seats, 85k, and I'm 6'1" 260lbs. Comfy on 3+ hour drives.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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and thats why just in case I added an inch of padding all around plus some custom touches



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Old 07-27-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
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I'm used to Saab Viggen seats, nothing gets even close.
The main issue I have with the Boxster seats is that they lack lumbar support and that the angle of the back is wrong for me. I have a bad back and the Boxster seats just don't do it for me. Maybe it is just the lack of lumbar support.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:57 PM   #11
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That seat reminds me a little of the Buick puffy seats of the 80's...must be comfy though!

I have no problem with long trips on my base seats, 75k+ miles and no back issues, 5'11", 185lbs.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #12
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7+ hrs. drive last weekend no back issues with stock seats.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:13 PM   #13
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I was only good for about 2-3 hours in the stock seats and needed a serious stretch. I swapped out to racing shells a while back and still need a stretch after 2-3 hours. No wiggle room. Welcome to sports cars. Our Lexus feels like a leather couch on wheels in comparison.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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That seat reminds me a little of the Buick puffy seats of the 80's...must be comfy though!

I have no problem with long trips on my base seats, 75k+ miles and no back issues, 5'11", 185lbs.
It is made to reassemble seats of Bentley
And have added side support as well
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:42 AM   #15
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I think the older 944 seats had more support lumbar and way more laterally, they were also made of tougher leather that held up longer. The boxster base seats let you slide a little, the Spyder seats which get a lot of criticism for not reclining are simply the best seats I ever sat in, given the price they should be, way different than my old car.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:34 AM   #16
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Lumbar support is lacking for 6'2 me. Can only stand to drive 2-3 hours and need to get out for a stretch.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:34 AM   #17
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I've done several 10+ hour days. No issues with the stock seats in my '99. Personally speaking of course. Not saying that other's complaints are invalid.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:29 AM   #18
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While employed as a test driver 2000-2003 I drove new Porsches weekly, as well as virtually every new vehicle available in the U.S. Being average height & weight (5'10" 175 lbs) Porsche seats fit me very well & I enjoyed driving from Dallas to L.A in 1 day with only a 1 hour break in Phoenix. (22 hours) I once drove from LA to North Las Vegas in a 03 C4S with supple seat option where I exchanged it for a Turbo with standard full leather seat & drove back nonstop to Buttonwillow raceway for the Road&Track best handling car competion. The supple seats are slightly softer & more comfortable. Also got to drive Stefanie Powers mint original 1986 Turbo look optioned 911 with perfectly broken in oem seats. I was amazed at how comfortable & wear free the seats were at 16K miles. The leather quality seemed far superior to new Turbo seats & seemed like they would last forever with Stefanie at the wheel.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:29 AM   #19
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I am pretty happy with my seats but I did add a tempurpedic lumbar support pillow which makes a world of difference! I have some lower back problems so the extra lumbar support helps. Otherwise, I think the seats are pretty comfortable.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:16 AM   #20
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My topic kind of reminds me that when my mother used to drive she used to sit on a cushion to see out because she was only 5 feet tall. It has come full circle. I need a cushion for a different reason. My butt is maybe too skinny(not enough fat) and it is painful to sit too long on my Boxster seat. That is why the good Lord gave us a Camry for long distance trips.
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