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Bench Seat?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Okkine, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Aug 21, 2008 at 6:57 PM
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    Okkine

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    Hello All,

    I'm looking at the possibility of importing a base model Regular Cab into Canada. That means I can't actually test one before going down to the US to buy it. I'm just wondering if anyone has any complaints or complements for the bench seat?

    Thanks
     
  2. Aug 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM
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    beastlytaco

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    well it folds so you can throw your crap back behind the seat. and it gets kinda stiff on long trips. its allright. trying to fit 3 on it is a bitch. wassup broski.
     
  3. Aug 21, 2008 at 7:06 PM
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    Kinda figured that, but I rarely drive with more than one passenger. Besides, it gives me an excuse to not drive a whole bunch of people around who are too cheap to buy their own car :D

    As long as it's comfortable enough.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2008 at 7:08 PM
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    beastlytaco

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    yeah i wouldnt go on long trips with it. but its great for medium distance driving.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2008 at 8:28 PM
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    zombot

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    well, it can carry more stuff. ;)
    it does do a good job at storage behind it,
    and if you absolutely had to, you might could curl up and sleep on it, or at least it would be better support for a small roll or mattress.

    as far as being a kid's seat in the middle, it's a joke. i can't imagine any mr.mom owning a tacoma and dropping kids off at day care. the dip in the center of the bench is bad design. it's not really room for little feet, and if anyone drives with the seat forward enough that the dip contacts the center console like it was designed to fit, the driver must be a child themselves :rolleyes:
     
  6. Aug 21, 2008 at 8:44 PM
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    Does the center seat flip down to be used as an arm rest?
     
  7. Aug 21, 2008 at 8:50 PM
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    I fold the seats down in the back of my Access Cab and sleep back there on occasion. It's not too bad. :D
     
  8. Aug 21, 2008 at 9:23 PM
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    no, nothing flips down. the bench just has a sort of notch in the bottom. here is a pic of an 05 bench
    [​IMG]
    see the notch on the bottom down by the console?
    it's annoying. there is no center seat to flip down. at least not on the base model bench.
    like i said, for that notch to fit the console/cupholder, the seat has to be so far up to be undrivable by most american males :D

    and when the seat is at a decent position, the notch leaves a big gap between it and the console/cupholder.

    they should have just made a solid bench.
     
  9. Aug 21, 2008 at 9:26 PM
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    I tried doing that in my 03. I remember being awake a lot. I probably got 3, maybe 4 hours max of sleep that night.

    I might buy a truck tent with an air mattress for occasions that I go camping.
     
  10. Aug 21, 2008 at 9:49 PM
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    Ah, that's a good shot. Thanks. I've seen other pictures, but at the angel they were taken it looked like it may or may not fold down. As for the notch, I figure it might be good to hold a bag of potato chips or beef jerky. But who knows, I haven't seen one in person.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2008 at 10:03 PM
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    at the distance my seat is slid back, the notch leaves a gap just the right size for a black plastic 'mini crate'like for dvds or office supplies ....
    it's perfect to hold your fast food, cd's, whatever.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM
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    At 6'1" .... 205 I have no problems with the bench seat ... in fact I have it moved up about halfway ... 5 hour trips are no problem .... just my opinion. Good luck.

    Here is mine ...

    [​IMG]
     
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    agreed. i'm the same height and weight, my seat is in the same place...but that empty spot doesn't bug you? i had to fill it :)
     
  14. Aug 22, 2008 at 12:18 PM
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    DUDE, where did you get those seat covers?? I want them! :eek:
     
  15. Aug 22, 2008 at 12:30 PM
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    Oh yea, that looks like it should do nicely. Thanks!!
     
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    +1
     
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    It doesn't bother me ... usually it is just me driving. By the way ... what did you "fill it" with?

    Never mind ... I went back and read your thread ......
     
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  19. Aug 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM
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    I like the bench seat, think it's pretty comfortable. I recently did two 900+ mile days in mine and didn't find the seat in the least bit uncomfortable. I'm 6'2". The fabric stains very easily, however, even just a little bit of water will cause a stain. WTF? That's my only complaint.
     
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    Has no one figured out the notch in the seat is for the shifter clearance?; it is not there just to look pretty.

    Most people would not sit forward enough to need the notch, but the seat track has X inches of travel, and to use all that travel either the seat must be notched or the shifter must go elsewhere. I would rather have the extra travel to access the rear area when needed to vacuum floor, get any trash or items from behind seat without being a contortionist
     
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