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Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 08:26:53 +0100
From: Wheels of Error <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 driving seat

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 09:23:44 -0400, "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to'> wrote: >Do you carry a wallet in your rear pants pocket (as I do)? If so try >removing it the next time you are on a long ride. I had a similar >experience as you, and BTW I am built similarly to you, and I found a large >amount of my discomfort was due to my spine being tilted ever so slightly >from sitting on the wallet. BTW, my wallet is not all that thick either, >only about 3/4", not like the huge pocket purses I see some guys toting >around in the back pockets... > >The other thing that I find matters to back comfort on long trips is how far >you are from the steering wheel. In order to have a comfortable reach to >the wheel my legs are often cramped and the thigh/torso angle is too >extreme. The trick there is to get a car with tele-scoping wheel so you can >back up from the pedals and not have to drive with your arms out straight. >Keeping the seat back more upright also helps accomodate the short arm / >long leg situation. > >Good Luck, >-Fred W > Thanks for the suggestions, Fred. No I carry my wallet in my jacket, whether I'm wearing it or carrying it, so it isn't that. I did persevere with adjusting the seat and it did help some, but the crucial test was this weekend. My wife and I went for a long drive in it, and I asked her to take over so I could check out the passenger seat. It was wonderful! It felt like the most comfortable office chair you could buy. It was (I imagine) what the driving seat was supposed to feel like and probably did, when it was new. The back seats were also highly comfortable. It's just the driving seat. Damn. Bet Saab charge a fortune for a replacement :-(

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