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I think its around 2001 (Y) onwards that they changed the seats....

IMO the seats in the earlier versions are much much better....are all
the later ones like that, or just some? The later version seats just
arnt as chunky and seem much less supportive/not as firm...and they
don't have 'Recaro' stitched into them!

I just found this out recently, it's a bit disappointing if its accross the board [:(]
 

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It seems strange to me, usually they change something for the better lol

Just have to make sure i get a Y or earlier then...which luckily is around where my budget extends to anwyay
 

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The recaros were dropped prior to the Anniversary being launched. I think MY2001 onwards cars had the std sports seats.
 

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I think the later ones are Recaro just not branded as in the earlier ones?
The later ones are VW Sports seats and are not made by Recaro.
You're right though, the Recaro seats are much better and a lot more supportive which I why I changed my Sports leather for Recaro leather.
 

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just back from castle combe! car was first registered in july 2001.

slightly off topic: garym, did you have a fitting guide or something for seats? my new ones should arrive this week. any pointers would be helpfull [:D]
 

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Matt, just found this which I posted quite some time ago!!

1 - disconnect negative terminal from the battery

2 - there are two covers at each side of the seat. Pop out the screw covers then undo the torx screw. Lift the covers away.

3 - use a 13mm socket to undo the two nuts at the front and very bottom of the seat on the runner.

4 - push the seat towards the back of the car whilst freeing the
plastic catch which is in between the two nuts - you should see the
threads where you removed the bolts pop out of the holes.

5 - tilt the seat back a little to view the underside then
disconnect the plugs - Airbag and heating if you have it then push the
seat right back to wheel the rollers out of the channels.

6 - struggle to lift the seat out of the car - I found it best to wind the seat as far forward as possible.

Refit everything in reverse

Hope it helps.
 

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cheers mate! just need the seats now! will give it a go next weekend hopefully. how long did it take you?  is it a strugle to do on your own? 
 

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I did the fronts and rear bench in just under one hour.
Its a struggle on your own but not impossible as I managed.
 

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wel my uncle builds hondas, i been doing all his garden walls,he said he would fit them instead of paying me. he should be able 2 manage then
 

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Matt, just found this which I posted quite some time ago!!

1 - disconnect negative terminal from the battery

2 - there are two covers at each side of the seat. Pop out the screw covers then undo the torx screw. Lift the covers away.

3 - use a 13mm socket to undo the two nuts at the front and very bottom of the seat on the runner.

4 - push the seat towards the back of the car whilst freeing the plastic catch which is in between the two nuts - you should see the threads where you removed the bolts pop out of the holes.

5 - tilt the seat back a little to view the underside then disconnect the plugs - Airbag and heating if you have it then push the seat right back to wheel the rollers out of the channels.

6 - struggle to lift the seat out of the car - I found it best to wind the seat as far forward as possible.

Refit everything in reverse

Hope it helps.
hmmm shouldnt that sort of information be sent via pm???! as most of us wanna keep the interiors of our cars out of scums hands. just a thought...after this is a public forum.

sonny.
 

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mine aint got recaro's! [:(] its a 52 reg...2002 i believe. all i got is cream leather(heated) but id prefer the normal recaro seats.
 

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The seat design was changed for cars built from 1st May 2001 onwards...hence a few Y reg cars have the later seat design.

1.8T

Cloth Recaros replaced with new design of VW sports seat

2.0 GTI/V5/V6 & GT TDI

Original design of cloth VW sports seats(less angular bolsters) replaced with new design as fitted to 1.8T.

I've been told that the Recaros were dropped as part of a cost saving exercise; price of 1.8T was reduced around this time as well.

For some odd reason, the 1.8T(& 150TDI when introduced) had front seat lumbar adjustment as standard whereas this was only an extra on all the other(above) models. Instead these models had a standard front armrest which was an extra on a 1.8T.
 
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