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Old 08-30-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default 08+ Impreza passenger seat sits very low?

I've had my 2011 Impreza hatchback for about a month and I sat in the passenger seat for the first time yesterday. I immediately noticed that the seat sits really low, much lower than the drivers seat (which is height adjustable). I was thinking about putting a little shallow mount sub under there but its got about 1.5" less clearance than the drivers side which would make things difficult. It's a challenge to hang your arm out the window and this also translates to less leg room behind that seat as well. Has anyone else noticed this or is my car special..
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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I've had my 2011 Impreza hatchback for about a month and I sat in the passenger seat for the first time yesterday. I immediately noticed that the seat sits really low, much lower than the drivers seat (which is height adjustable). I was thinking about putting a little shallow mount sub under there but its got about 1.5" less clearance than the drivers side which would make things difficult. It's a challenge to hang your arm out the window and this also translates to less leg room behind that seat as well. Has anyone else noticed this or is my car special..

nope yours isnte special,
mine sits very low as well hate that its not height adjustable,
thinking botu going to pick and pull and finding another drivers seat and switching the seats
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:06 PM   #3
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Another driver side seat wont work. The seat adjustment control will be on the wrong side.

I don't like how low that seat sits either. It'll be hard to put in another bracket since the mounts near the center are bolted in almost perpendicular to the floor. You can use spacers for the right side but the left side requires extra work, that plus a safety risk when in a collision.

My passengers feel so small sitting in that seat too. It was juuuust high enough for me to fit a 2000W power inverter there though so I guess it was ok.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:38 PM   #4
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Yep she's pretty low, I never sit in it though so, meh. If anyone asks I blame it on the rally car heritage (navigators seat is always very low).
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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import a right side drivers seat and your set the controls will be on the right side then
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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import a right side drivers seat and your set the controls will be on the right side then
not a bad idea but probably a little $$
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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Yep she's pretty low, I never sit in it though so, meh. If anyone asks I blame it on the rally car heritage (navigators seat is always very low).
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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Yeah had my Impreza a little over two weeks and my girlfriend complains that she went from seeing everything in my Tundra, to not being able to see out of the window in the Impreza. I told her I get her a pillow to sit on ;-)
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:20 PM   #9
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I almost bought a 2010 Suzuki SX4 because of the much higher sitting position and higher ground clearance (I'm only 5'5"). But the Suzuki's engine just seemed anemic and buzzy compared to the one in the 2.5i Impreza.
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:16 PM   #10
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Default passenger seat very low

I have also noticed the passenger seat being too low. I tried to put washers in to raise it up, but because the bolts are at different angles- It did not work. I'm thinking It could possibly be done above the rails the seat slides on instead of the floor mount.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:15 AM   #11
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Don't sit in that seat, so I don't mind.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #12
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If anyone has a real solution to raise the passenger seat some, let me know please.

My wife complains about the low seat height and its something i notice when I'm riding in my friend's 2010 WRX too. I have the driver's seat raised to its highest position in my 2011 Impreza.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:57 PM   #13
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I noticed this too. The 08 is my first subaru, it makes me wonder if the earlier years have been like this too.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:02 AM   #14
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Would the frame/rails from a Forester fit? I've noticed that although the seats themselves are actually different, they are very similar, and I'm thinking that maybe the Forester uses a taller version of the same seat frame? (Install the Impreza seat onto the Forester seat frame and voila??)
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:43 PM   #15
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Seats and bases are interchangable between 08+ Imprezas and 09+ Foresters.

If you chose to go that route, note that the airbag weight sensors would need to be swapped.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:12 AM   #16
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Default Passenger Seat and Air Bags

Speaking of the passenger seat.... My daughter aged 11 does not weigh enough and thus the airbag sensor turns off the passenger seat front airbags. My question is: Does this sensor turn off ALL the passenger seat airbags which would include the ones in the door or just the one that comes out of the dash? I am trying to figure out if she is safer sitting in the back until she weighs enough - or if the protection she would get from the back seat approx equals the protection she would get from the front seat with side airbags.....

However.. if ALL the front passenger side airbags are turned off then the back seat is clearly the best choice....

Hope that is clear...
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:28 PM   #17
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There's a way to do this safely, but you need access to a machine shop to do it right. Specifically, you need to remove the mounts from the rails (grind off the rivets), then use new hardened steel fasteners (M8) to attach the mounts thru new cut, measured and drilled pieces of 1x1.5 .090 steel spacer stock back to the rail bottoms. The trick is to use a half-height bolt so you can put a nut on the bottom and not the top where it would interfere with the rail travel. This requires slight grinding of the bolt head so you can fit it down into the rail channel on top of a thin hardened spacer - the clearance is VERY tight. Also, you want to have something in the spacer stock so there can be no crush. Last, you should probably put a couple of small tack welds on the spacer and the rails in the rear inside close to where the line-of-pull is from the seatbelt. You do NOT want the seat to come undone in a wreck - unlike most domestic cars, our seatbelt fastener is attached to the seat, not the tunnel wall.

Easy if you know what you're doing and have access to the right equiptment, otherwise hire a fab guy to do the work for you. I've seen a picture of how someone else tried this here, and it was not done right. He used thin guage spacer stock, no crush protection, no welds, and only a jam nut to secure the bolt. He's got 3, maybe 4 threads of grip holding the seat down and that's it. Not good, and certainly not safe in a rollover.

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