Strange seat complain...How fat are you?
In February I just leased a 2012 TDi Golf, 2dr 6 speed manual. After only 2000 miles I can't stand to drive the car anymore, the seat bolsters dig into my legs and sides, the lumbar "support" is killing my back. I've had the dealership try to adjust the seats and I've spent hours messing with them trying to get them to stop causing me pain but it isn't working. There's other things I don't like about the car but the bottom line is, it causes me pain to drive it for more than 1 hour at a time. VW customer service isn't willing to do anything for me, so I'm left to figure something out on my own. My only solution is to trade it in and here's where the steaerlships want to royally screw me.
There aren't any published trade values for the car yet so the few places I've taken it for a possible trade, they want to low ball me to death. I can show them the value of a 2011 TDi Golf equipped like mine and the published "value" is more than I'm being offered. Does anyone have any ideas on how to figure out a reasonable value for this car? If I had the extra cash to make up a payoff difference I'd just sell the car outright myself but I don't have that kind of cash available right now so a trade is my only real option right now.
A seat change has crossed my mind, I'd need to find standard 2dr Golf seats to do it then store the original seats so I can put it back to stock at turn in time, I just don't know if it's worth the $$ and effort. I don't see myself wanting to buy this car once the lease is up, all in all this entire experience has been a complete let down.
The open end lease makes it possible to trade out of it, buy it or sell it myself. It's a matter of economics- what's the maximum amount of financial loss I can live with?
These are all common faults with the GTI. Ive been told the brake feel can be fixed by better brake fluid, but I have yet to try them for myself.
As for the seats, the backrest/ lumbar are infinitely adjustable, so this is the first time i have ever heard of problems like this. I would say just change em but mkII seats are probably going to require substantial modification to fit the runners on the GTI, and any aftermarket seats are going to be 'sporty' and even worse. I would suggest seeing if you like any of the seats from the other golfs, and ordering OEM parts from a vendor
If you are intent on selling/trading the car, you should try to sell it private party to someone you trust. Once an agreement is inked, you can buy out your lease from VW and transfer it to the private party. It's not easy or clean (requires a degree of trust), but it's the best way not to get screwed on trade in (though you still are going to lose a few dollars due to high depreciation in the first year).
Op i traded my CC in solely because of the seats. I spent countless hours trying different fixes. What a pos those were
6"2 190 lbs.
My point is that i understand.
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After I bought my 2000 GTI, for the first couple of months, I hated the seats. I had the same thoughts about getting rid of the car, or changing the driver's seat.
I have a persistent pain in my lower back, and the seats were torture. I discovered that some padding at the bottom of the seat back (a wadded up hoodie) helped considerably. As time went on, either the seat adapted to me, or I adapted to the seat, or both. Whichever it was, after those first few months, I found the seats to be supremely comfortable for the remainder of the 10 years that I owned the car.
The only gripe I have with the seats in either car is the side bolsters on the seat bottom. I can't comfortably drive with a wallet in my back pocket because I typically have a lot of, uh, "stuff" in it.
Maybe you need to give it a little more time before you do something drastic.
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I would be hesitant of a seat replacement due to airbags.