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12-07-2012 04:34 PM
c03morrison ive been told that when your shoulders are back up against the seat your wrists should sit on top of the steering wheel. this will allow your arms and shoulder areas to be at rest and comfortably grabbing the wheel. ive come to grow out of the cool lean back phase to a track day position so i can take turns and be alert while controlling the wheel with two hands and rather then one. but if your back is really screwed up go get a massage to revive it a little and go from there with the new seat position you acquired.
12-06-2012 07:21 PM
spiderpig I think my issue now is that my back is in pain so I'm adjusting all the time. So I just got to a meeting here. I put the seat and lowest and backest. I then raised it to the level I like. Moved it forward enough so I can push the gas all the way down. Then adjusted the back so my shoulders touch. So I'm going to try not to touch it and once my back feels a little better see if it works.
12-06-2012 05:36 PM
mac.mogul Nothing personal, but if you've been cruising around in an Echo for the past 8 years then your back might just be in SHOCK from sitting in a decent seat...

I'd give it some time to adjust and eventually you'll be able to find a more natural driving position.
12-06-2012 05:31 PM
lddavis Seat adjustment advice from Recaro:

http://www.recaro-automotive.com/fil..._100630_en.swf
12-06-2012 03:20 PM
spiderpig Well, I'll have to look into it. Might be intereting to see if I can stream a video feed to the screen. Would allow my wife and kids to watch a movie while I drive. I've written a couple apps for IOS so might be an interesting test.

EDIT: So looking into it they actually want you to have an app already released for download first so they can deem if it's worthy enough to allow the SDK to be used. pushy pushy.
12-06-2012 03:16 PM
JonathanGennick
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I never had Sirius in the past, and can't say I really plan on using it.
I didn't either, really, so did not bother me to discover I had been wrong about it being included. I try to avoid signing up for anything involving a monthly payment.

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But I think if they released a SDK for it - people would create some cooler ones.
There is something, but it's not quite what you describe. Here's a link:

http://media.ford.com/article_displa...ticle_id=33366

If I read correctly, it's more of an SDK for app developers to use, to enable their apps to better integrate with the vehicle. So you can't reprogram the dash, but you could develop some iPhone app that delivered a feature via Sync.
12-06-2012 02:57 PM
spiderpig I never had Sirius in the past, and can't say I really plan on using it. I pretty much have the two local stations I listen to, and if I'm traveling out of state - IHeartRadio app lets me still listen to them. Otherwise, it music on my IPhone. Since my commute is pretty short I don't listen to the radio often.

I agree about the UI, not the fanciest. But I think if they released a SDK for it - people would create some cooler ones.
12-06-2012 02:46 PM
JonathanGennick
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But I really wanted a sedan version since I like bigger trunk room.
I go back and forth on things like that. My previous Focus was a wagon. I went sedan this time for a change of pace. Well, partly for a change of pace, and partly because I needed a vehicle and the sedan was the right combination of color and features and price, and it was right there in front of me.

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Orignally I was looking at a Fiesta, but when I test drove a Focus it was no contest.
We had been looking at late-model used. Spotted the Race Red Focus and almost didn't bother to trouble the salesman for a drive, but on a whim I asked, and he brought out the keys, and wow! I was all but sold. The handling on the car is fantastic. It's just so much fun to drive.

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I have to say, even though I'm in IT, I'm finding all the electronics in this car to be a bit overwhelming.
The UI is pretty awful, imho. It was actually the one negative I had to overcome in my own mind before purchasing. No car is perfect, right? I figured I could adapt and live with the interface in return for how fun the car is to drive. And so far, that is holding true. I have no regrets on the purchase.

No Sirius for me, btw. Thought I had it, but the greyed out option and the included discount card fooled me. Not a big deal though.
12-06-2012 02:23 PM
spiderpig I like the blue color as well. I test drove a black one and a white one. But I really wanted a sedan version since I like bigger trunk room. The dealer I got it from was really nice and had 5 different titanium versions as well so was easy to try different versions.

Orignally I was looking at a Fiesta, but when I test drove a Focus it was no contest.

I'll try to spend some time tonight and adjust the seat. I did notice that I could literrally raise the seat so high that it would bang my head on the roof. I'm a short guy (5 feet 4 inches) and I do like to have the seat raised so I can see better.

I have to say, even though I'm in IT, I'm finding all the electronics in this car to be a bit overwhelming. I set up my syncmyride account and my siruis account.
12-06-2012 02:03 PM
JonathanGennick @spiderpig, that's a sharp-looking car. I like that blue.

On the seat thing, I think you just have to fiddle a bit. My wife is shorter than I, and my son is taller, so I am constantly in the mode of having to rejigger the seat to get it back where I like it, and I'm never really sure I've gotten it all back. Sometimes I want to adjust the recline in between clicks. I can then compensate by cranking the lever to raise and lower, which affects the tilt just enough to where I can get get comfortable. Once I get done complaining that my entire family is not the same size (LOL!), then I'm good. I'm pretty happy with the seats, actually. They are comfortable and support me well.
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