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Hi Mark I'm Scott,
Coming from the body work end of the business I have ran into this a few times. I think one of your best options would be to contact some of your local bodyshops and see if they will either make you some brackets to extend your seat back and get them installed for you. As far as the power seat having more room, I'd go down to the dealer and drive one, if infact you feel the power seat has more room I think I'd consider going that route. But I would go down and see if there is any difference, in most cars there really is much difference in leg space its just that its power and not manual. Let me know if you have other questions ok?
I am scheduled to go down to the dealership in about an hour. I am going to drive one with a power seat. To go up one package to the power seat is makes the Santa Fe cost $26,500 instead of $24,500. With my back problems the difference would be worth it if I'm comfortable.
My question is, would it be just as good or better, yet less expensive, to get brackets put into the one with the manual seat?
Also, is it possible to put brackets into vehicles with both manual seats and power seats? Or just one or the other?
Lastly, does putting brackets in void the warranty? I have a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty I don't want to void. I also don't want to put myself in danger by not being in line with the airbags if the seat is moved back.
Please answer each of the questions above if you can.
Unfortunately the my Salesperson just called me back and said not only would it be $3,000 to move up to the next option, but they would charge me an additional $2500 because they now consider my vehicle used! I've had it two days and have driven it less than 80 miles! Its the same exact vehicle?! I don't understand. I really feel like I was misinformed.
Do I have any course of action? What do you recommend?
Thanks for any help in advance Scott,
Hmmmm, most dealers give you a tradeup option for the first few days. I don't know the laws where you are, but here in utah you have 3 days to backout of a deal unless stated as a "as is, no return" contract. You may contact your local Better business bureau or possibly your state business licensing division and see where you stand. One thing you could try is going over your salesman's head, ask to talk to the manager of the place and trying discussing it with him, he just might make a consession in your case. I'm sorry to hear you go through this, it must be flustrating as heck! If infact you are stuck with the vehicle you may have no choice but to see if someone can get the seats back a bit. There is a very slim possibility that there may be a stop or something in the track system that can be modified to get you just a touch more room. Gosh I hope this has helped you out, let me know if you want to talk more.
I am hoping I don't have to go to the Manager but I'm planning on it if necessary.
Two other quick questions, you've been very helpful by the way so thank you Scott.
1. Is it possible to buy an "after market" power seat and have my seat taken out and that one put in? If so, how much could something like that run me?
2. I read on an auto forum that the previous generation Santa Fes had small metal tabs on each seat rail that could be grinded off and then the seat would move back two more notches? Heard of anything like this? (My only fear with this is that it would again void my warranty).
Thats exactly what I meant back in our last message, except I called it a "stop". A body shop would be the place to take it, they should be able to pull the seat and grind or cut the stop off, a very simple thing to do. I'm not sure how it affect the track, but its defineitly the most feaseable fix by far to start with. 2 more notches just might do the trick. I don't find any custom full seat assemblies at all, just custom fabric covers. You just might be able to tackle it if you are mechanically inclined at all? There should be 4-6 screws holding the seat in, I'm sure there is a electrical plug to undo. After you get it loose, you carefully lift it out the side door. Then you can flip it upside down and work the tracks to see where the tracks stops are. Anyways, just a thought. You left me know where you want to go with it from here ok. I hope all is well in your world! "Well besides this dang car!"