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Old 01-05-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Just wondering how you like the heated seats in BRZ. I own some German cars and they like really make some heat on high. The BRZ high position is equal to lowest temperature setting on those cars. It's nice to start out toast in cold or when your bones are aching. Think they made theirs luke warm due to some guy who was neurologically definciet who got cooked and sued a car co. for too hot seats. So we all now have safe but not warm enough heated seats.
Does anyone know a way to make them warmer? Perhaps changing a resistor pack?
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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The heated seats in our outback xt are awful relative to our 2006 s4 and 99.5 passat. My questions for is the BRZ continuing subarus tradition of BUTT warmers? Most german cars heat your back which is very nice if you have a sore back. Subaru heats your ass for some reason, at least pre-brz.

Simply put the outback xt will warm you up where the s4/passat will make your sore back feel like magic.

To me this is just part of subarus inferior designs. Seats that doen't raise and lower, cheap plastics, crappy stereos. The heated seats are right in line with the rest of their interiors. Good thing their cars drive so awesomely.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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I find mine acceptable. I like that they get warm VERY quickly on the high setting, but yes they are not extremely hot (I've never liked my heated seats in previous cars on the highest setting, so it doesn't bother me as much...the fact they heat up quicker is a bigger bonus IMO).
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:36 PM   #4
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I read about them not being that warm, but once I tried them I was pleasantly surprised that they work fine. The heating elements are in the foam in both the bottom and the back. The ones in my FXT on the high setting got way too hot.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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The seat heaters in my '07 Tribeca warm both seat and lower back, and they get pretty toasty. I usually put it on High initially, then have to back it down to low, otherwise I get too warm.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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These seats aren't as hot as my 2011 WRX Limited's were, and they don't seem to heat as quickly, but they're still heat plenty quick and warm for me. I usually keep it on low when cruising, otherwise it's on high for sub-zero temps.

I would LOVE back warmers. It doesn't seem like it would be difficult to fit heating elements there, either.

Steering wheel warmer would rock my world and blow my mind.

I'd sacrifice my first born for a shift knob warmer option.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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These seats aren't as hot as my 2011 WRX Limited's were, and they don't seem to heat as quickly, but they're still heat plenty quick and warm for me. I usually keep it on low when cruising, otherwise it's on high for sub-zero temps.

I would LOVE back warmers. It doesn't seem like it would be difficult to fit heating elements there, either.

Steering wheel warmer would rock my world and blow my mind.

I'd sacrifice my first born for a shift knob warmer option.
Huh? There are back warmers on the heated seats. Separate heating elements for the seat bottom, and seat back.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Mine definitely heats the lower back. It's incredible. It's not super hot but hot enough for me, I usually just put it on high for a few minutes then things start getting sweaty so I have to turn it to low.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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Personally I like them better than my E36 M3, which I found got too hot on the high setting and would barely heat you at all on the lowest setting. They also get warmer a lot quicker than I was acustomed to.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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Huh? There are back warmers on the heated seats. Separate heating elements for the seat bottom, and seat back.
Whhhaaaaa? I don't recall my back ever feeling overly warm, only ever my ass... I must check into this more.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:13 PM   #11
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Whhhaaaaa? I don't recall my back ever feeling overly warm, only ever my ass... I must check into this more.
You must have a fat ass then! I can feel my lower back or perhaps the lowest part of my lumbar (the "small of my back" aka tramp stamp territory) getting warm with my ass. Not sure if there's a separate element for the lower back, but I definitely get heat from there when I use my seat heaters.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #12
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I do have a fat ass...
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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There is a separate element in both the seat bottom, and lower seat back. 3 different Subaru part numbers (1 common for the driver and passenger side bottom, and 2 different for the driver and passenger seat back). Not sure what the difference in the two part numbers is though. Perhaps more back seating element on the driver side?
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:38 PM   #14
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There is a separate element in both the seat bottom, and lower seat back. 3 different Subaru part numbers (1 common for the driver and passenger side bottom, and 2 different for the driver and passenger seat back). Not sure what the difference in the two part numbers is though. Perhaps more back seating element on the driver side?
I did not know there were separate elements. TIL...

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I do have a fat ass...
Sorry!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:03 PM   #15
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Seat warmers work great for me. I normally only leave them on for the first couple miles and then turn them off.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:47 AM   #16
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Anyone know if you can change a resistor or way to make them warmer?
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #17
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The ones in the '13 Forester heat the lower back and ass too. The high setting will get kinda warm after its been on for a while. If you have them on and the heater going for a little while it gets a little to hot for my taste so I turn them off.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:46 PM   #18
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High setting is too hot for me. I only use it as a starter, then I go to Low or off once I'm plenty warm. My skin is emo, though.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 AM   #19
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High setting is too hot for me. I only use it as a starter, then I go to Low or off once I'm plenty warm. My skin is emo, though.
Same, I find the high setting to hot after a few minutes and I just end up switching back to low for the remainder of the drive. Luckily it hasn't been all that cold so I really haven't had to use them much. I'm sure on those stupid cold days I'm going to need to use the high setting.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:51 AM   #20
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Used them this morning and they worked fine for me .
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #21
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i think these get hot and then taper off. because for a few minutes it feel really nice, but then it doesn't feel as hot....so what i end up doing it turning it off and then back on after a few minutes.

however these do not compare to the B5 A4 heated seats, which would boils your nuts in 30 seconds
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:32 PM   #22
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Now that's interesting, because mine definitely does NOT taper off. It's constant heat.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #23
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maybe i just get used to it? but it def feels like it tapers off after a while.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:13 PM   #24
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Too* Sorry I saw the title on the main dashboard and it bugged me ><
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #25
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Lol my wife didn't think they were on, she likes the high heat ones in her outback
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