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2007+ Toyota Camry Seats

jimfed1jimfed1 Posts: 5
I bought a 07 Camry SE that has really poor condition seats from the previous owner. So I bought a replacement set of factory seat covers. But I have to remove the seats to recover them, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove the back seat (the part you sit on). It seems as though there must be some kind of release catch but anyone have any insight into this issue??


  • stlpike07stlpike07 Posts: 218
    I think the part you sit on is clamped down using special "screws." I don't think there is a release lever. If you pull up hard enough on the seat it will come up, and as long as you don't brake the screws it will go back into place. You'll have to punch/hit the seat back into the screw holes.

    Personally, I'd call the Toyota dealer and ask them.
  • jimfed1jimfed1 Posts: 5
    I'll give it a shot, as I am about at my wits end with the thing. I even pulled the fabric etc from the trunk and removed 4 bolts holding some thick rod running all the way across the base of the back seat. That did not seem to do anything either. Thanks for the reply. :mad:
  • jimfed1jimfed1 Posts: 5
    :) VICTORY!! I just gave it some good pulls, and out it came. I guess i figured there would be a little more technology involved. Thanks again
  • stlpike07stlpike07 Posts: 218
    I'm glad I was able to help you. It worked in my old car so I figure it would be the same with the new one. Most cars have the special "screws" for the back seats. Anyway, take care.
  • jimfed1jimfed1 Posts: 5
    Any suggestions how to get the seat back of the back seat off ?????
  • stlpike07stlpike07 Posts: 218
    I assume you mean the part of the seat your back sits against.....If so, I believe there is actually some sort of assembly you would have to dismantle in order to take that part off. Because when you fold it down you can lift up part of the carpet to see the assembly holding the seat in I have no idea there....not as easy at the seat bottom.

    Are you putting slip covers on or completely new "original" fabric/cover?
  • jimfed1jimfed1 Posts: 5
    I am replacing with OEM factory seat covers, so I have to remove the original to put these on. So far everything is good, as the front ones were very time consuming, but look much better now. the seat part of the back seat looks great, but just have not messed much with the seat back of the back seat, as it is in pretty rough condition also. Whoever owned this car before me must have lived in it, as it is a 07 with 35k miles on it. Outside is cherry but inside has the lived in look. Found new covers on Ebay taken off a new SE fr a leather install. Much cheaper than buying through Toyota.
  • I have a 2007 Camry Hybrid with leather seats. The seat bottom of the driver's seat is very uncomfortable due a rod-like feeling that runs down the center of the seat bottom, from the front to the back, exactly following an upholstery seam. I suspect this is caused either by the upholstery seam or something under it, inside the seat.
    Has anyone else noticed this same problem?
  • hi guys. i bought a camry 2007, and there is something i wanna ask you guys about... there is something missing under the right front seat, and i can only see the wires, but the "devise" is missing. can anyone tell me what was it. thanx alot.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    You don't say what model you have. My LE 4 cylinder has no device under the front right seat. There is a set of wires that comes up from the floor and plugs into the seat, but other than device.
  • rsantan1rsantan1 Posts: 11
    That is where the amplifier is located if your Camry came with JBL sound.
  • freda5freda5 Posts: 1
    I have cloth seats in my 2007 Camry and they are so uncomfortable. My daughter and I traveled to Florida (8 hour trip) last year and before we got there I was in so much pain. It felt like my tail bone was broken. After 2 - 3 days I was better. When we started home, I sat on a pillow.

    There is a metal thing sticking up in the middle of my seat.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Hmmm, don't have that problem, and have almost 30K miles and have taken a number of long trips. Is the metal that you feel on the bottom seat, or the back rest? I just went out and refelt the seat, pushing all over trying to feel something hard and metal, and can't find anywhere that it hard like you reference.

    Go to the dealership, and show them where the metal hardness is. You can compare against other cars at the dealership as well.
  • andie4andie4 Posts: 12
    I have the same problem with my 2009 Camry Hybrid leather seats! I was beginning to think it was just me. I took the car back to the dealer and had the heating elements in the seat adjusted. It seemed as if that was the problem, but it wasn't solved. I still have trouble with my tail bone and sometimes my lower back. I, too, sit on a pillow which is crazy given how much the car cost. Did you find any other solution to the problem? I hope someone else reads this and has some good advice. I like the car, love the gas mileage, just hate the seat. I am almost ready to get a different car!!
  • I had definitely decided to buy a 2007 or 2008 Camry. I have test driven it twice. Each time, within a few hours later, my lower pain went into excruciating pain. I am amazed that a simple test drive could cause such pain. It lasted about a week. Now I am afraid to drive one again. I do not like Hondas at all, and want a comfortable 4 door car. This is very discouraging. At least by reading your review, I do not feel totally crazy.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Over many years, car seats have been lowered and made lighter than in earlier years. Just think about sitting in a chair at home in which the seat cushion was less than 1 foot off the floor. Not comfortable. The Camry seats are probably no better or worse than most cars. My wife is OK with her 2007 Camry. I didn't want an SUV but couldn't get away from how much higher and more comfortable the seats were. So I bought a small one. There are a few now that drive almost like a passenger car. Good luck.
  • atb2atb2 Posts: 30
    Just think about sitting in a chair at home in which the seat cushion was less than 1 foot off the floor. Not comfortable. The Camry seats are probably no better or worse than most cars.

    This is so true. My main issue is the short length of the seat bottom. At 6'2", sometimes it's hard to get comfortable on a trip.

    I didn't want an SUV but couldn't get away from how much higher and more comfortable the seats were.

    I couldn't agree with you more. This would be the solution for me to get the seat comfort I need. My friends '03 Silverado bucket seats are very comfortable and the right fit for me (but, unfortunately wouldn't fit in the Camry!). Overall the Camry was the car of choice for me.
  • Thanks so much for your comments. I am sure that different car seats impact people differently. Many people are comfortable in Camry's, obviously. However, both times I drove one, a couple hours later I was in horrendous pain lasting several days. This is definitely not true of the Mitsubishi Galant I have had the last 10 years, so it is not because the seat is low. However, I would prefer not to buy another Galant, partly because the newer ones are not so comfortable to me as the older ones.

    I appreciate the idea about an SUV. Guess I might try one, since I have not made my decision yet. IZC, which ones do you like?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Lexus E3X0 seats, heat, position memory, etc, often show up on Ebay at decent purchase prices. I upgraded our MH with Ford Explorer leather seats from the 90's, purchased off Ebay, adjustable side support bolsters, lumbar adjustment, manual thigh extensions...

    Those full day 500 mile drives are now not so tiring.
  • That sounds interesting. How did you install all of that equipment and how much would it cost? I do not have a guy at home, unfortunately, to do this stuff for me. It sounds complicated. Is it? Would all that Lexus seating fit in a Camry? Just wondering. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • 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.
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