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Old 02-02-2000, 06:24 PM
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Hi techs,

Quick question regarding 1993 190 2.6:

I'm 6'2" tall and fit behind the wheel fine, but notice that the top rim of the wheel blocks my view of the top of the tach.

The wheel angle is OK and I have an adequate inch of headroom, but think that an additional inch-or-so of room would be perfect (and would permit a straight-on view of the gauges).

Is there any way to lower the seats (uh - yes, I've dropped them using the *power* adjustments as far as they will go)? Was an aftermarket kit widely available that boosted seat height (and could be installed unbeknownst to me) - and how would I spot it?

Or am I destined to feel bigger-than-life. It's interesting to me as I've ownned a few MBZs and I've always adjusted the seats UP a little...

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Old 02-02-2000, 09:09 PM
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Big man, Little car. I think you're stuck with it. I know of no such kits.

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Old 02-02-2000, 10:03 PM
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You could go with an aftermarket seat that isnt as "thick" as the standard mercedes seat, then you could position it however you would like, if it really bugs you. Perhaps a manual seat out of a 190(euro most likely) would allow lower adjustment or a differnt steering wheel would allow you to see the gauges better. Just some thoughts...

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Old 02-03-2000, 12:54 PM
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Thanks - I thought that might be the case. No wonder so many women bought these things...
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Old 02-03-2000, 07:53 PM
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My father was complaining about the same seat problem to a veteran salesman in a dealership, and he reached in to the car and found some kind of lever or something under the seat and it dropped another inch or two. I have always wondered what it was but no other sale staff have been able to figure out what it was, although there may yet be something. Just think of all the basketball players out there driving these cars. Another option that is available to you is to replace the steering wheel for a larger one. You didn't mention whether you had a sportline or not, but I think they had a slightly smaller steering wheel for quicker steering input, but that would reduce your view of the gagues. I think a larger steering wheel might be cheaper than swapping out the seat. Good luck,
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Old 02-03-2000, 08:54 PM
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Shortly after buying my car I had the driver's pad replaced. The seats are made of so called horse's hair - a spun plastic product that's pretty stiff and fairly thick. Perhaps you could have an upholstery shop (one that specializes in Benz' is strongly recommended) remove the bottom inch or so of the seat pad. The Benz seat pads are so stiff you'd probably never miss it. And if it doesn't work it's only about $130 for a new seat pad.


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