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    Thread: B3 and B4 seat difference?

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      05-16-2012 07:41 PM #1
      The fronts look almost identical and I know they're a direct fit. Is there a difference in the way that they feel or support your body, once sitting in them?

      Is there a difference in the rears? Once again, they look incredibly similar.

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      05-16-2012 11:05 PM #2
      B3 fronts in a B4 sit higher and sometimes have a slight "wobble". Other than that, difference in support goes unnoticed. Position adjustments on the B3 seats are slightly different, as well as the bolts that secure the seat rails from the B4.
      The rears are essentially the same.
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      05-17-2012 07:12 AM #3
      All I know is that the B4 seats are probably the most uncomfortable seats I've ever driven on. I'm still waiting to find some MK3 fronts to replace my rock hard seats with. How VW got away with making a solid foam seat with no bolsters is beyond me.
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      05-17-2012 10:03 AM #4
      i have leather b3 seats(black) if interested!
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      05-17-2012 11:24 AM #5
      OK, so the main thing is that they'll sit higher and may wobble. Not really into that part. FWIW, I think the leathers in my B4 are pretty comfortable. A firm seat is always better than a soft seat for long distance driving.

      Thanks!

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      05-17-2012 02:57 PM #6
      the wobble is hit or miss & can be fixed w/ an extra piece of plastic track guide. other than that, the height difference is minor unless you're over 6ft.
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      05-20-2012 05:34 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by whitseml View Post
      All I know is that the B4 seats are probably the most uncomfortable seats I've ever driven on. I'm still waiting to find some MK3 fronts to replace my rock hard seats with. How VW got away with making a solid foam seat with no bolsters is beyond me.

      Thats why I switch my seats 10 years ago when I first bought my B4 in 02 and got some Recaros .



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      05-21-2012 04:48 AM #8
      .. I think those seats cost more than my B4..

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      05-21-2012 09:57 PM #9
      B3 rear seats move back and forth, as well as recline. B4 rear seats are simpler and only adjust for angle

    10. 05-22-2012 11:58 AM #10
      I think your Seats might be broken, mine adjust front and back, seat angle and also recline.

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      05-22-2012 06:25 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by WannaCorrado View Post
      B3 rear seats move back and forth, as well as recline. B4 rear seats are simpler and only adjust for angle
      really? never seen or heard this before wait... you got me
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      05-22-2012 08:55 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by 95econobox View Post
      I think your Seats might be broken, mine adjust front and back, seat angle and also recline.
      I'm talking about the rear bench

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      05-22-2012 09:28 PM #13
      In a wagon right cuz I'm sure my sedan rear seats only fold

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      05-23-2012 11:13 AM #14
      nope, sedan B3 rear seats move a few inches back and forth, and also recline.. I've had a set in my B4 back in the day.. Wagon seats are a different design, but all are interchangeable - B3/B4/Sedan/wagon

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      05-24-2012 07:04 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by WannaCorrado View Post
      nope, sedan B3 rear seats move a few inches back and forth, and also recline.. I've had a set in my B4 back in the day.. Wagon seats are a different design, but all are interchangeable - B3/B4/Sedan/wagon
      Time to play with my back seats. Owned to car for almost 8 yrs and never noticed the rear seats move. It was even my parents car before it was mine.

    16. 05-24-2012 09:52 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by WannaCorrado View Post
      nope, sedan B3 rear seats move a few inches back and forth, and also recline.. I've had a set in my B4 back in the day.. Wagon seats are a different design, but all are interchangeable - B3/B4/Sedan/wagon
      Well...Today I learned..... lol

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      05-24-2012 06:15 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 95econobox View Post
      Well...Today I learned..... lol
      And knowledge is power! Lol

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      05-24-2012 07:47 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by WannaCorrado View Post
      nope, sedan B3 rear seats move a few inches back and forth, and also recline.. I've had a set in my B4 back in the day.. Wagon seats are a different design, but all are interchangeable - B3/B4/Sedan/wagon
      i know they recline, but how do they move back and forth?

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      05-25-2012 03:07 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by raverj View Post
      i know they recline, but how do they move back and forth?
      Odd I just figured out how they go forward and back but don't know how they recline. To slide the seat there is a handle under the seat @ the front. Just like the front seats. So how do I get them to recline.

    20. 05-25-2012 07:24 AM #20
      I know on the B4 there's a little handle by the quarter glass that lets them fold down, or locks them in straight up or like 10 degrees reclined. its on the edge of the seat, top corner, right behind where your shoulder would be

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      05-25-2012 12:14 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 95econobox View Post
      I know on the B4 there's a little handle by the quarter glass that lets them fold down, or locks them in straight up or like 10 degrees reclined. its on the edge of the seat, top corner, right behind where your shoulder would be
      i've owned 3 sets of seats for my wagons & never noticed. gonna check this out
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    22. 05-25-2012 12:43 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by jujuVR6 View Post
      i've owned 3 sets of seats for my wagons & never noticed. gonna check this out
      Dont feel bad i had no idea until owning the car for i think over a year lol.

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      05-25-2012 02:58 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by 95econobox View Post
      Dont feel bad i had no idea until owning the car for i think over a year lol.
      Had the car 8 year. It used to be my parents before that I can't believe I never noticed that!

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      05-26-2012 10:50 PM #24
      So I know they fold and slide forward how do they recline?

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      05-27-2012 10:32 AM #25
      I guess somebody swapped B4 rears into my B3... mine don't do anything. There's a black piece of metal under the front of the rears, but it doesn't seem to do anything.

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      05-27-2012 03:07 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by koolkevin43 View Post
      I guess somebody swapped B4 rears into my B3... mine don't do anything. There's a black piece of metal under the front of the rears, but it doesn't seem to do anything.
      Does the metal move? My seats were a lil stiff when I whent to slide them. They were all the way out and going in wasn't easy. I need to grease the tracks. Still wondering how to recline them

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      05-27-2012 08:15 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by drive.euro View Post
      Does the metal move? My seats were a lil stiff when I whent to slide them. They were all the way out and going in wasn't easy. I need to grease the tracks. Still wondering how to recline them
      lol... nope... I'll have to get in there with some tools and lube and see if I can't get this figured out.

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      05-30-2012 01:04 AM #28
      ok, just checked mine and they dont move forward or back at all. they just fold forward so the backs can sit flat. as for the backs "reclining" all mine have is two positions that can be selected with the lever that you use to fold them down.

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      05-30-2012 02:50 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by raverj View Post
      ok, just checked mine and they dont move forward or back at all. they just fold forward so the backs can sit flat. as for the backs "reclining" all mine have is two positions that can be selected with the lever that you use to fold them down.
      Mine slide but the only "reclining" action is when the seats slide. Other then that its locked in the up right position or folded down.

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