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Old 05-08-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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ST3 Leather Seats Comfort question

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I have a Focus SEL cloth now and I thinking about an ST. The base model doesn't have the options I want, so, that leaves the cloth or leather Recaro's as the only option. I drove with the Cloth and found them Very uncomfortable. In fact, after my 10 minute drive, my back actually hurt a little. Maybe I didn't adjust seat properly. Next weekend, I tried the ST with Leather and found them better. But, I'm just not sure since this is a huge purchase and I don't want to be uncomfortable. So, for any ST3 owners, do the seats loosen up?? Any buyers remorse about the seats??
BTW..I'm 5"8, stocky build. They were gripping a little tight when test driving.
On a side note..the packages for this car stink. You shouldn't be forced into Recaro's and I should be able to get MFT/heated mirrors on base. The knob based AC swiches on the base are embarassing. Some of these things should be standard or options. I hate the way Ford and other companies package these cars!


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Old 05-11-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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I have the ST3 model and yes, I have some buyers remorse over these Recaros. In fact my first post on this forum is asking for someone with a titanium to do a swap. I'm a bit to large for them, that's for certain, probably should have thought a bit harder about going with them. It's a shame though, like so many others, I wanted the goodies that come with the upper packages but not the stupid Recaros. I came from a 2011 V6 Mustang, RIP, and wanted a "spunky" daily driver with normal seats, not a wannabe race car. Anyhow, my car is about 2 weeks old now, I have gotten used to the seats and honestly they don't hurt me, though my longest drive has been about 2 hours. The only thing still challenging is getting in and out of the car and I assume since I sit more on top of the seat than in it, the headroom (I also have a moonroof) leaves a lot to be desired I'm only 6ft but all torso and unless I slouch a bit my head is right up against the headliner. If I ever wanted some day to go to a track, there is no way in hell I could wear a helmet.

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All,
I have a Focus SEL cloth now and I thinking about an ST. The base model doesn't have the options I want, so, that leaves the cloth or leather Recaro's as the only option. I drove with the Cloth and found them Very uncomfortable. In fact, after my 10 minute drive, my back actually hurt a little. Maybe I didn't adjust seat properly. Next weekend, I tried the ST with Leather and found them better. But, I'm just not sure since this is a huge purchase and I don't want to be uncomfortable. So, for any ST3 owners, do the seats loosen up?? Any buyers remorse about the seats??
BTW..I'm 5"8, stocky build. They were gripping a little tight when test driving.
On a side note..the packages for this car stink. You shouldn't be forced into Recaro's and I should be able to get MFT/heated mirrors on base. The knob based AC swiches on the base are embarassing. Some of these things should be standard or options. I hate the way Ford and other companies package these cars!
I went from the leather SEL seats to the full leather recaros in my ST. I like them a lot better. Although snug from the bolstering, I find they support my back much better. Im about your height, about 200 lbs, theyve given me no trouble at all. Id say try the full leathers before making a decision. I like them much more than my SEL seats.
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I not a small guy and at my skinniest I was a size 34 pants right now I'm size 36 and I still love them and think they are great. My fiancÚ on the other and does not like them and thinks they are too stiff and uncomfortable. Longest drive I have been in them was to Vermont and back to new jersey and it was nothing that crossed my mind twice.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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Clearly the seats are not for everyone (build wise).
Unfortunately, even if the driver is happy the passenger may hate them.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:30 AM   #6
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The seats are a love hate relationship.

Currently my biggest issue is the lack of lumbar support. You have to recline the seats quite a bit to take some of the pressure off your lower back
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:32 AM   #7
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I should add I have 11k miles on my st3 and I've made several 7hr plus drives in the car.

Also I'm a big dude too. 6'3 and 235lbs.

I don't have an issue with the seats being narrow, just the lumbar support
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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ST3 owner here: The leather Recaro's are in fact more comfortable than the cloth in my opinion. I am 5'7" 220lb. I have to admit I was a little nervous about them when I purchased it. I mean I knew it was fine for daily driving but for road trips 5+ hours??

Well as soon as I got it I did a 5 hour trip to Ford Nationals in Carlisle, PA and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the seats. I was worried about my legs being so close together for a long period of time and my back and shoulders as well. Turns out my back was actually more supported and I came to have an appreciation for posture lol. After the 5 hour trip I hopped back in a went for a ride to get groceries and take my girlfriend on an hour long cruise lol. I am making excuses to get back in that damn seat ASAP!!

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Took my 2012 Se in for some update,and got to sit ina ST in the showroom.
The leather Recaro in there did not make me happy. The recaro are a little to narrow for my fat arse. (Mainly my thighs are pinched by the sides too much)
Where the SE seats are great.
So that put a damper on my ST lust.
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We bought an ST3 last Tuesday, and the Recaro seats are wonderful. I am in the best physical condition that I can reasonably expect to be and the Recaros are super comfortable and supportive; however, my wife has health issues yet despite this she finds the Recaro seats to be perfect.
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