I just bout a 99 outback wagon with only 97k on it. The seats look new with no tears but the bottom of the door side of both the left and right front seats are worn out. The frame of the seat seams to have cut straight through the foam caused by the owner getting in and out. I have a 91 legacy that had rather comfortable seats that lasted about 300k before I had wear in them. So my question is are there any seats besides the stock ones I have that people have good luck with? The 91 had a style of seats that I only saw in one other car (and I bought them for replacing on the 91) so I would use those but I doubt I would find another set in good condition. I wouldn't mind power seats and mine are heated so that would be nice but not a necessity. Thanks for any advice.
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Longer lasting seats for 99 OBW
Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:51 AM
I swapped a set of "mouse fur" seats out of a 91 or 92 legacy into my 96. They're height adjustable, lumbar support, and very comfortable, and much more robust. Dunno how many miles were on the original car but the seats are still in great shape after almost 2 years in my car. My only qualm is they don't seem to slide back as far as the original seats. So my back pain (from the original seats) has transferred to my right leg and knee.
Had to cut off the auto seatbelt guide, and swap the seat belt buckles to the original ones from my car. Other than that they bolted right in.
Posted 21 July 2013 - 01:37 PM
The Legacy seats seem to hold up better than the impreza seats. I haven't seen any chewed up legacy seats, but every first gen impreza I've seen has exactly the tears you describe.
Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:13 PM
Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:53 PM
I have a 99 OBW with the same problem, crappy seats. I found leather seats from a "limited" model, installed them, only to realize the driver's seat had bad foam. Latest I have done, is use foam from a "00 cloth GT Leggie seat, and use that to replace the crushed out foam in the original 99 cloth seat. This seems to work pretty well. It is not that big a deal to unbolt a seat, remove seat from the car, then disassemble seat cushion to install replacement foam. The foam for the seat is pretty sophisticated in design and shape, so you need to get foam from a Subie seat, or a replacement seat from a Subaru. Not hard to swap in new foam and tie off with nylon cable ties to replace the hog loops.
Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:57 PM
Legacy or Forester seats are no better. They all wear out the same way. Every Subaru I find in the junkyard the first thing I check is the seats, and they're always worn on the outer bolster.
I find the same thing in Indiana.....driver's seat is worn out, especially the foam bolster portion of the seat closest to the driver's door. I have heard that the foam from the front passenger seat can be installed in the driver's seat. The passenger seats are always in much better condition in a wrecking yard. Guess the driver's seat is used maybe 75% more then the passenger seat.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:06 PM
Yeah I guess I may just have to try and find a set out of a 1st gen legacy. The seat not going back as far was my concern too and a big reason for me upgrading to the 99. I wonder if you can take the bottom rails and swap the 1st gen with the second? Maybe that would give you the extra room. Thanks for the replys ya'll
Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:13 PM
I believe WRX (up to 07 or 08?) seats will also work. Need the rails and might have to swap the seat-belts.
No idea if they would be better or not, just another option.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:50 PM
Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:57 PM
Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:29 PM
Rails can be unbolted and swapped if need be, but should not be necessary.
The only hangup would be tryin to use powered rails on a non-power seat, or vice versa. But where the seats mount to the floor is the same for both powered or non.
Posted 23 July 2013 - 01:32 AM
Wow I might have the best looking seats here from the way you all talk.. I have a '97 outback with leather seats no rips or anything all seats look great for the age of the car.. Only thing is the seats don't feel as soft Im as as when the car was new.
Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:19 PM
Can be swapped but more complicated than pass side seats w/o adjustable height.
Drill out or grind off the welds.
Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:33 PM
Well the wrx seats have height adjust on them. The feet were cut and welded for another vehicle so I would have to take them off anyways. I was hoping I could just swap out the feet with mine. Looks like it might be a bit of a project.
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