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Subaru (mods) for tall people
Posted 30 June 2003 - 11:58 PM
I am a short lady, little over 5 feet tall. My spouse is 6'6". He rarely drove either of my Subes. He lamented being unable todrive the 92 Legacy SW because his knees got in the way, even with the seat slid all the way back and seat bent back. This could be a problem in the future since we have a young passenger in the back seat.
What could I look for in the 2003-2004 lineup and what mods can I make that will let my spouse drive without looking like a pretzel?
Thanks in advance
Posted 01 July 2003 - 01:24 AM
Posted 01 July 2003 - 04:34 AM
'90 Legacy 2.2 130,000 miles
Posted 01 July 2003 - 06:30 AM
This thread on NASIOC has tons of info, and pics. Beware that if you have dial up the first page is pretty much entirely pics
These are the interior dimensions for the wagon:
height-1190mm (45mm less if you have a sunroof)
Don't know if it's the same for sedan.
Posted 01 July 2003 - 10:57 AM
FWIW, our TS has plenty of head room for me, but the leg room could be just a bit more. It may depend on your spouse's leg vs. torso length... my inseam is 36" and shoe size is 14, so the legs and feet take up a lot of space, but my torso is closer to average length.
Some people have successfully added a bit of seat travel by moving things around with spacers or washers. I haven't needed to do this though.
Go for a test drive, that's the best way to know!
Posted 01 July 2003 - 06:12 PM
BTW my inseam is 34" so most of my height is in my torso.
And I can't stretch out my legs fully either. I get dents in my skin when I wear shorts.
Posted 02 July 2003 - 08:00 AM
Posted 02 July 2003 - 01:27 PM
That gained the car quite a bit of legroom for me. This would only work in a vehicle that has enough height to let the seat adjuster make up for the lack of legroom.
Im only 6' tall though.
Posted 02 July 2003 - 02:34 PM
Posted 02 July 2003 - 11:12 PM
Posted 03 July 2003 - 10:21 AM
Posted 03 July 2003 - 08:27 PM
Posted 04 July 2003 - 08:36 PM
Posted 04 July 2003 - 11:36 PM
In my old car, I had a Recaro CSE seat installed because the standard seat had no height or tilt adjustments and there just wasn't enough leg support. The Recaro wasn't cheap, but I was able to drive the car for years and would have had to trade it in otherwise! Btw, when is Subaru going to offer a power drivers' seat in the Forester. Don't have to make it standard, but at least as an option. I see that in the 2003 model, they eliminated the tilt adjustment in the Forester, (manual tilt). I don't think there's a power seat option on the new XT. Come on Subaru!
Posted 09 August 2003 - 05:46 AM
We did squeeze him in a Forester and he was a bit uncomfortable for the test drive. DH said he fit into an Impala. I drove an Impala rental a couple months ago but was not terribly impressed by it.
So back to my original analysis. I added a couple of (heaven forbid) small SUV's to my search list for a test drive (RAV4 an CR-V) just to see how they would compare to driving an Outback...I go riding today!
Posted 09 August 2003 - 07:12 PM
Posted 10 August 2003 - 12:17 AM
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