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2007+ Toyota Camry Seats



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I cannot imagine that Lexus ES seating would not be a simple drop in upgrade in a Camry. Are you anywhere close to Seattle eastside.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    I bought a Honda CR-V and am pleased with it. The added cargo hauling ability has come in handy more than I thought. I think the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are also fine choices. Each has its own strong points.

    A comment on switching seats, I had a Honda Accord with particularly low seats and explored changing them. Even if you're willing to undertake what is an expensive option, you will also need to assume some warranty risks. Seats are no longer just seats. Seat belt and airbag sensors, power seat motor, etc., anything that's been altered, or connected to anything altered, will no longer be covered. My dealer wouldn't touch it. It's a big step.
  • I would think with all the gadgets it would not be a simple exchange. Anyway, I am not close unless you think Texas is near Seattle. Thanks anyway!
  • I had a feeling it would not be very simple. Maybe I will try a Forester, used of course, on my budget. Thanks!
  • I just bought a 2009 toyota camry XLE last week. I test drove the car for 300 miles!!! felt fine then I bought a different color same model XLE, I have the exact same pain your are talking about. Like something is beneath the seat. I asked the dealer to switch the seat from the one I test drove and now that one has the same problem. And yes I made sure I they switched the seats. It feels like there is something beneath the seat poking me and yes it is unbearable. My daily drive to work is 91 miles so this is killing me. When I talked to the dealership they recommended an upholsterer. I have an appointment with them today.
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    Thank you for your email in response to seat discomfort. Please let me know as soon as you find out what the upholsterer says/does. I would like to do the same thing if it means driving comfort. I hardly go anywhere because it is so uncomfortable. At Toyota Customer Care I was given an answer that sounded like it was written out from the legal department and each time I asked a question, the answer was read aloud again. Basically they said it is the way all their cars are made and there wasn't anything they could do about it. They failed as far as any kind of care is concerned. When customers have a problem with their car, the car should be looked at individually and customer satisfaction should be a priority. I have tried sitting in different Camrys and even asked other owners if their seats were o k and all were fine. One '09 Camry Hybrid at a county fair was soooo comfortable, I had to get out and look again to make sure it was the same model as my car. Maybe the leather on my car was from an old bull and the padding is old lemons !:lemon:
  • It is comforting to read all your responses. I am still looking. I cannot imagine how upholstery would help, unless they are filling the seat with layers of padding maybe and raising the level. I drove a 2008 Altima yesterday, and although it probably is not quite as good quality overall as the Camry, it is very comfortable for me and fun to drive. It has a better sound system than the basic Camry and good handling.
    I think my main problem with the pain from the Camry may be coming from the Lumbar support hitting me in exactly the wrong place. I am short waisted.
    I will probably get up the courage to try the Camry once more, feeling the seat for any metal and putting the lumbar support flat, but right now thinking I may go for the Altima.
  • I am going to the upholsterer Tuesday. They will take my seat out and pull the leather back. I will be there when he does the work so I can't wait to see what the heck is under the seat causing this. This guy said he has been in this business since 1959 and he said he does this all the time and there has only been one time that he was not able to make his customer happy. I sure hope I am not the second person he can't make happy. I think they need to take foam out and not add it, it feels like I am sitting on a ball and it pushes on my tail bone and it feels like there is something else towards the back of the seat cushion pushing up and this is killing me. I will be there in this guys shop while he works on my seat and I will let you know how it works out for me.
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    Hi, This is Andie4...did you get your seat fixed? I hope you were able to get the problem solved. What did the upholsterer do? I really want to get my seat fixed. I have the same exact problem you described. Let me know, please. Also, if you don't mind telling me, where is your upholsterer located? If it is within a 50 mile radius of me, I will head there soon! (100 miles will take me a little longer!)
    Thank you
  • gailalonggailalong Posts: 12
    I am wondering when your upholsterer says he does this all this time, is that because lots of people with Camrys have this exact problem, or does he do it for many different kinds of cars? I am still deciding if I will buy a Camry or not because of this.

    I drove on the other day and put the lumbar support all the way down flat, and for this first time, I did not have pain later. However, I am not sure if it would still hurt me longterm. I am thinking of renting a Camry for 3-4 days and see if it is okay. How long did you drive yours before it started hurting you?

    Thanks for your answers to my urgent questions. Good luck with the upholsterer.
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    Did you get your Camry seat fixed? It must have been made so comfortable that you are driving all around town and haven't looked back to this site. Please let me know what happened. I am tired of a tired tail bone!
  • gailalonggailalong Posts: 12
    I hope we hear back from you Logan on the fix for your car seat. I drove a xle last weekend. I loved the JBL sound system, but did not like at all not having a car key. Lots of stuff to lose or break; $300 if one of those keyless remote things get lost. Still worried about the seat, although I did okay after about a 30 minute test drive. I may go with an Altima.
  • logan88logan88 Posts: 4
    Sorry for the long delay on getting back to you, this has been a very brutal experience. I have been trying several things to fix this seat. The upholster that I went to had someone else who just bought a Camry with seat comfort issues and they added an inch of medium density foam and they were happy with it. I did not like the ride being that high up and ended up trading my camry in for a Honda Accord. After driving 900 miles in the Accord now I am having the same issue with this car too. I think I am close to resolving the issue. I have tried several different things but I tried something this past week by removing a spring bracket and it seems to be working. The spring layout in my accord is similar to that of the Camry. I will let you know how it goes. I wish there was a way to talk directly to tell you everything that I have done. This has been a long road.
  • gailalonggailalong Posts: 12
    Thanks so much for the report. I am not frozen in my process of buying a car because I do not want to make a terrible mistake. I hate buying cars.
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    I think there is a way to communicate through email. You have to opt to be notified on the car space sign up. I have selected to have an email address on the site so every time you post, it also goes to my email.
    I would love to be able to talk directly to someone who has the same experience with their car that I am having with my car. If I had any idea there would be so much trouble with the seat, I would have bought a Prius, or maybe a even gone to a different car maker!!! The only thing great about the car is the gas milage, but maybe that is because I hardly ever drive anywhere!
  • logan88logan88 Posts: 4
    I do not think there is a way to email you directly without it showing in the blog. You can reach me at email me there with your phone number and I will call. I will respond back to you.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi All:
    I own a 2007 V6 Camry XLE with about 43,000 miles, and I do not have any problems with this vehicle.
    Because I am in sales, I do an extensive amount of highway driving for long periods of time. The drivers seat is very comfortable. I always get 30+ mpg on the highway.
    Prior to purchasing the Camry, I owned a 2003 4 cylinder Honda Accord. The seats in the Honda were VERY HARD and they "killed my back" on long road trips.

    Best regards. ----- Dwyane :shades: ;) :)
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    Good for you for having a comfortable seat! A few of us have seats that have a real problem. In my 2009 Camry Hybrid, the length of the seat from the front under the knees running back in the center to the back of the seat along the seam, there is a rod like feeling. The seam is bunched up at the back just where my tail bone meats the seat. When I took my car back to the dealer where I bought the car, they said they would take the cover off and trim the seam. When I asked to see the seat while it was apart, I was physically guided away and told that I wouldn't want to see it all messed up. I really do not think anything was opened up or uncovered or trimmed. I am not talking about the leather being stiff, I am talking about what is under the leather. I think it is safe to say this is a real pain in the butt!!
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi andie4
    You might want to consider taking your vehicle to another dealer!

    Best regards! ------------ Dwayne :shades: ;) :) :confuse:
  • rocky74rocky74 Posts: 15
    I am having a miserable time in my 2009 Toyota Camry LE. The seat cushion is just too hard (it's cloth), it feels like the padding doesn't go all the way to the back of the seat, and I get pains either in my hips or my lower back when I drive it more than 15 or 20 minutes. Also, my right upper thigh bone hurts where it hits the seat when I drive for a while. I also don't feel properly balanced or supported on long drives. I bought a soft chair cushion (like for a patio or dining room chair) on sale for $4.99 at Sears and it helps cushion enough so that I can drive a few minutes without being in pain, but I'm hoping to go on vacation for a couple of weeks, and I can't imagine doing the 100 mile drive in this car. Before driving this car, I rented Camrys for a while, but they felt different.

    Deflating the lumbar support all the way does improve the balance issue a bit, but then the head support hits me while I'm driving. Also, I'm accustomed to having more lateral support in a car. (My old car, a Pontiac Bonneville, had plenty of support.) In this car, I have to sit upright and keep my hands on the wheel at 10 and 2. It is not a relaxing ride, and it's a shame because it's an attractive car and brand new.

    I'm wondering if I should go to an upholsterer and get extra foam put in. Did anyone have good results with that?
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