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Re: Rear seats sliding?

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This was my thinking. If the seat goes back to allow more leg room then great but moving forward for a bigger boot would (for me at least) be pointless. As you say, the seats fold down easily enough. No need to slide forward as well.
I agree, need to see if the seat when back, fully is sitting above the bulkhead, rather than a little forward of it as in my car. I think some have said the parcel shelf is smaller or folds in some way, while others say this is the same as a normal car?
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Re: Rear seats sliding?

The parcel shelf is quite small compared with the normal one. The idea of the sliding rear seat is to allow it to sit around 3 inches further into the boot than the normal seat (or 3 inches forward of the normal seat). Its centre position is where the normal seat would be. It has several ratchet points between fully forward and fully back. The seats also have 3 recline points and adjustable headrests.
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The parcel shelf is quite small compared with the normal one. The idea of the sliding rear seat is to allow it to sit around 3 inches further into the boot than the normal seat (or 3 inches forward of the normal seat). Its centre position is where the normal seat would be. It has several ratchet points between fully forward and fully back. The seats also have 3 recline points and adjustable headrests.
Ah Thanks. That's really helpful because the one issue I have with the car is lack of rear leg room. Although I carry kids in the back their shorter legs cause their feet to hit the front seat backs. That much rearward movement would be very handy to have.
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Re: Rear seats sliding?

Just bought a Panda cross with the sliding seats.

It seems it is quite a rare option.

Good points:

It does indeed allow more legroom in the rear compared to the normal seats and they are of a more cupped design, making them somewhat more comfortable I'd say over the normal ones (they look more like the front seats infact with deeper back cushions). The base and the back are independently adjustable, so you can recline quite a bit more than normal.

Bad points:

Even though they have base cushions that are recessed, the whole seat assembly sits significantly higher in the car on rails that allow for forward and backward movement. This means if you recline them and are of 6ft or more, your head will touch the back part of the roof lining as it dips down to the hatchback.

(having said that I know of few or no cars that can accommodate adults so well in the back as the Panda).

The seats also do not fold down as effectively as the normal seats leaving a large amount of seat mechanism to lift items over.

Overall I'd say they are still better than the normal ones, its just if I am in the back they have to be adjusted to the same position as the normal seats so probably sort of pointless :-)
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Hello

Just as with yourself, I wasn't that keen on the new Pandas looks, but it does work better on the 4x4 and even more so on the 4x4 cross. Everything is going over to petrol so could make the move to one of these in time. Do feel a bit guilty when my 1.3 multiet first starts :-)

I presently have a 110,000 miles on my mk2 Panda cross, which I like very much, even higher than the 4x4 on the road and 50mpg still. Rust is just starting to be apparent, in time will buy the lowest mileage and best condition mk2 cross i can find, though these do tend to be being offered at rather inflated prices :-(
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Our 07 Mk2 Pandas are both good on the rusty front, but both have had major work on the back axle.

1.2 Dynamic has a 2015 Fiat 500 axle complete with 500 springs. The ARB gives much better handling and the not too wide wheels fit the wheel arches just fine. All up cost was about 150.

100HP axle was grit blasted and zinc metal sprayed then put back with a coat of etch primer and some Hammerite smooth to cover the dull grey zinc. All up cost was about 100 plus 20 for some 500 springs. 500 axle is too wide for the wider wheels.

The springs do feel a little soft on the 100HP as there is no ARB to stiffen the axle. It needs a 10mm spacer under the top spring mount to raise the back end just a tad - tech term there .

Everywhere else has had a spray with thinned chain saw oil. It soaks in well and lasts better than Waxoyl. The latter seems to go cheesy over time and lose it's protection abilities. The oil is horrible to shift if it gets on the exterior paint and dries. But I guess that shows why its so good on hidden parts.
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Re: Rear seats sliding?

hi, i also have the sliding rear seat in my 55 dynamic mj. it was a option from the factory. comes in very handy for the shopping. but as other people say, with seat forward, theres no legroom at all. steve.
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Re: Rear seats sliding?

Mine has the fixed rear seat with the handy split folding seat back. I think a big improvement for boot space would be for the seat base to flip forward before the seat back drops down. That does not seem to be possible, but I've not given it any serious thought.

There is an issue for kids in the back. Booster seats tend to make their legs stick forwards pushing feet into the front seat backs. As they get bigger the problem goes away as legs can fit where the car designers intended them to.
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Re: Rear seats sliding?

Hello,

Yes, having the seats flip both back and base would ease carrying, quite a jump from the boot to the seat back. This is even higher on the pandas as with mine and the reclining seats.

It is a marginal thing which is best, the recliners have higher back rests and go back further, but are so high up compared to the normal ones.

While I do need a bit of space to drive, the passenger space is more generous, so can go quite far forwards and still be ok, then I find you can sit quite well in back.

Just tried a new panda, a far more enclosed and tighter fitting car than the mk2, even though bigger on the outside :-(
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Just tried a new panda, a far more enclosed and tighter fitting car than the mk2, even though bigger on the outside :-(
Cars become ever more like padded cells. Before long they'll be self driving so won't need to carry passengers.
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