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Hi from another new member. This is actually my 5th Volvo estate and since 1986 and I've had very good service from them all. They sort of meet our needs.

I bought the car with 20 miles on the clock but 10 months old as a pre-reg showroom car, I think. Technically I think its very good and I like the auto gearbox. It replaced a 2000 Mercedes E Class E320 CDI which I could bear no longer follwing 6 painful months of ownership. I sold it because it was corroding before my eyes ! After 4 years I had to have a new bonnet, front subframe, boot lid and all 4 doors repaired for the effect of corrosion.

Anyway, my only concern is about the comfort of the front seats. Its a Sport trim with half-leather, and I am finding the seats give me a pain in the upper back between my shoulders. I'm pretty sure its caused by the side bolsters which rise up to shoulder height and create a rather narrow support for my shoulders. I'd love to know if has anyone else has found this problem with this design of seat and more importantly is there anything i could do about it short of selling it back to the dealer...

Grateful for any advice ...
 

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Have you tried tightening the Adjustment on the side of the seat to try to make it more flatter?
 

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On the ride home tonight I decided to run the lumbar support to its fully protruded position , having run the car with the lumbar fully retracted for a couple of days. By winding the lumbar support fully out the seat backrest seems to hold my back slightly further from the side support bolsters, and this may help.

I'm just a little surprised that a Volvo seat could be so close to giving me a pain in my back. Maybe its a feature of the Sports seat and I may have made an expensive mistake.... or maybe its my oversensitive back, but either way I shall be delighted if I can eliminate the problem by changing the settings.

thanks for responding, I'll keep trying. By the way is this the first complaint you have heard about seat comfort. A friend of mine mentioned that a colleague of his had eventually decided to sell his V70 for a similar reason. I wish I had heard about that before I bought the car. Apart from the front seat issue, I'm very pleased with it.
 

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This is the first time I am hearing of it.
That doesn't mean no one has complained.
 

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Hi, try adjusting the lumbar support together with the seat tilt, and find a position that best leave you without any pain.

When I first got mine, i tried it. But everytime i send the car for service, they usually mess up the seat and I have to check it again.

I agree, comfort in driving is a crucial thing!


Good luck!
 

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HI!
myself I am 2 meters tall and believe- not very slim- that means is not so easy to find a car to be comfortable for the guys of this size... but my 1996 855 T5- leather seats , automatic- is just perfect for me. But it took some time and few longer trips to find comfortable position. yesterday came back from 400 km trip- feeling like after long sleep- not tired at all. try settings of the seat together with tilting it - but do not be on hurry- it probably needs some time for determination of comfort level...I meen your back..
 

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Thanks for your comments. I am trying many different seat settings - it is amazing how many permutations there can be ! My last Volvo was a 1999 V70 AWD and it had very comfortable seats, apart from being set a little high from the floor. But the seats on my 2004 V70 Sport are certainly more firm and heavily contoured compared with the standard SE trim. Odly enough I notice that the 2005 V70 SE also now has similar designed seats with side bolsters that reach up to the shoulder, but they are slightly softer padding. I'd love to hear from someone who has exactly the same seats for comparison - but very grateful for any thoughts people may have. I recently had an e-mail from an osteopath who specialises in car seat ergonomics , and he reckons the V70 seats are the best of all car seats in production today. But he was not aware of the sport vrsion trim. Other than this issue I am very pleased with the car - much better build quality than that of the Mercedes E-class it replaced (no rust!) Maybe its just me!
 
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