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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having a horrible time finding a car with a comfortable seat.  Most I've driven have a pressure point that causes a sore spot on my leg/hip which in turn makes my whole leg spasm (depending on the seat, the actual leg/spot varies).
I'm wondering if any of you drive a car with a comfortable seat, or if you have a particular type of pillow you sit on that helps.  Thanks!
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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally I'm more of a truck/suv kind of girl. I know I know, bad for the environment, blah blah blah. (And bad for my pocketbook too when I go to fill the thing.) With having arthritis in my hips and knees, getting up to get out of the car was proving to be awkward. Having to basically scoot off the seat and then the rising out of a squat was what was killing me. Now, on top of the hips/knees arthritis, I have the blessing (sometimes curse) of being pretty tall. At 6 foot, most of the smaller cars don't really have leg space for me. So, I found several years ago that the Chevy S-10 Blazers were big enough that I had the leg room that I was looking for, and were high enough that I didn't have to try and stand up from a squat while getting out. I love the fact that I turn and straighten out my legs and then I'm just standing. No effort at all.

Unless you're seriously spending enough time in the car to justify the lack of gas mileage, I can't say that I'd recommend an SUV to anyone. But I love my truck, and it's just old enough that it's still made out of metal instead of fiberglass - so I feel more than safe driving it.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Weird that this came up!!

I just bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have never driven an SUV as my primary vehicle. I have always driven something sporty (Firebird, Camaro, etc..). I never noticed before while driving them but now with the newest addition I can say that I LOVE-LOVE being able to just swing my legs out and be standing up. It was killing me to get in and out of something lower to the ground only I wasn't in-tune with what was causing me the distress until it wasn't there anymore. I'm hoping the heated seats will come in handy in the winter and it also has lumbar but I don't think I care for it. I still have the sporty stuff but since I am not driving those on a daily basis it has been a good change.

I swear I was grunting each time I entered and exited my "closer to the ground" cars. No grunting anymore! The seat seems to be that of a glove (it holds you in place better), it seems "tighter"....if that makes sense?

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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I suggest hiring a limo to drive you around.  Then, you can come and pick up all of us southern girls and we can all lie down on our own seats. smilewinkgrin   Well, I have to move home first.... mad
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I drive a silverado truck. And I understand about what these guys are saying about being able to swing your legs around and just step out. Nothing better. My girlfriend has one of those low cars too and when I get out, I have to climb out. No fun at all. so I also recommend the suv, though the gas part does suck. But can't beat that four wheel drive in the winter snow.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the in between higher than a car and smaller than a full size SUV and it works well for me. I can haul most everything I want to and don't have to wait til DH has time to do it with the truck.
I would suggest looking into some good seat cushions with more support. I always have little travel pillows with me when we travel but I can't sit still and have to change positions often. I don't do the driving when we travel or we would never get anywhere.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a little Toyota, small enough to be able to park it. I always back into my drive way, my mirrors all set because I can't turn my neck around. The bucket seats do not mesh nicely w/ my back. I'm always moving in my seat to try to be more comfortable. My DH has a SUV, since I'm not driving right now, we mostly use his vehicle. He is a big guy at 6'3" so my car is tough for him.  I have to lift my dead leg up into the SUV, then drag my other leg in after me. It looks as pretty as it sounds. lol At least as a passenger, I can move a bit more easily. There are 5 cars in my family and I have yet to be completely comfortable in any of them. I always travel w/ bed pillows to ease my back.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I drive a mini van. I have not one problem with comfort. The kids all hate to be "...sporting the van..." althouogh it's brand new.
They love the way it drives,as do I. I can haul everything including a small motorcycle. It seats 7 which is why I got it for all the trips we take driving my 15 yr. old and all his friends around. I love it Sorry if this sounds like a veichal commercial.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a van, and I like that's it's high enough that I don't have to sink down to sit with my knees. I don't have any pressure points, but driving always bothers me. I call it 'tense resting', I have to be either moving or completely at rest laying down, or my muscles feel like they want to climb right out of my skin. Good luck finding somethign that works for you. How about an obisform (sp?) pillow? You know, like the ones in the pharmacies?
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   Posted 8/29/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a Camry and I absolutely love it.  The seat is so comfortable that I can sit for long periods of time in it.  I get leather so my rear will swivel like a lazy susan on it to get in and out.  If you can't afford leather, put a garbage bag on the seat, cover it with a towel, and you will be able to swivel on it, too.
When I rent a car, I have gotten Corollas and the seat is close to the Camry.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a red Mustang convertible that I just loved. Driving that is, I could barely get in and almost couldn't get out at all. It was so low. So I traded it for a Ford Focus. I don't know about the 2008's because they have been redesigned. But my 2006 was designed for old people, easy in and out, good mirrors and windows, other stuff too. I can just swivel and get out. I just hate riding in DH's car because it is another low-slung car. I have never found a car seat that was comfortable for more than an hour or so. Diane
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   

i drive a toyota sienna....i love it.  drives like a car and the leather seats are comfy.  guess i should say i have kids, tho, too and am the typical carpool mom...i live in my car.  some days are easier than others...i have ddd (degenerative disc disease) and 3 bulging discs in my low back on top of the fibro.  i keep a fluffy hand towel in my car, and if my back starts to get sore, i roll it up and use it as a small support for the small of my back.  my back pillow is too large for the car.  also...the seats have a heat option, which sometimes helps in the winter.  my hubby drives a new jeep commander, and the seats aren't as comfortable, and of course, being a jeep/suv...it's a lot bumpier.



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