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#1 Chris424

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:47 PM

Hello Everyone,

I bought my new Fiesta Zetec S around 3-4weeks ago and no matter how much I try I can't get comfortable in the seat, it is causing lower back pain. It was okish but I have just driven for two hours and am in agony, so much my girlfriend had to take over (very rare!)

My previous cars have been (never had this problem before)
1995 Fiesta Si
2000 Fiesta Zetec S
2006 Focus ST
2011 Fiesta Zetec S

This started happening the day after I got the car and can't think of anything else that would cause it. Im 22, so hopefully its not my age! :-)

I thought I would see if anyone else has this issue before speaking to ford?

Not really sure what to do....

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#2 Chris424

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:49 PM

Sorry, cloth seats with no lumbar support

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:35 PM

I suffer from lower back pain and so far my ZS has been fine on 1-2 hour journeys.

Try a lumbar support to see if that solves it, then you will know it's the seat.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:32 PM

Man I feel for you, back pain is no fun.
Whilst I suffer with it all too often my 59 plate ZS causes me no problem, even on long drives.
Mine has leather rather than cloth, and I've totted up 47k with no pains at all.
Other cars I've jumped in and with 20 mins or so I've felt that lower back pain niggle and can't wait to get out!

No doubt you've played with the settings on the drivers seat to try and find a position that doesn't induce back pain to the death!?!


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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:42 PM

i havent had pain as such but I do know what you're on about on the seats!

i've found my zetec s cloth seats not to have much support for the lower back either, its quite odd how arched i end up sitting no matter what setting i try; from dead upright to vergeing on 'gangster-leaning' (which is a definite no go)

the seat backs are stupidly flat and need lumbar support!

only time ive had back pain was in a 2006 focus titanium with leather seats.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:06 PM

I love my cloth ZS seats, very comfy even on long journeys.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:27 AM

i havent had any pain personally, but my mum did really bad, so i readjusted her seat while she was sat in it, and she finds it lovely to drive now.

What im trying to say is, its more than likely the way your seat is set up rather than the car/car seats itself.

Your best just trying different settings of the seat, try to make yourself comfortable, so no over stretching, i was always taught that when pressing the clutch you should be able to fit you hand under your left knee easily (obviously not while driving).

The rest just readjust accordingly.

#8 Chris424

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:48 PM

Thanks for everyones comments, they have been really helpful. Since having a cushion at the bottom of the seat it has been a lot better so think I may need the lumbar support.

I will keep playing around with the seat but it is a bit annoying!

Thanks again for all the comments, made me feel better :-)

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:33 PM

I have had a lot of cars over the years and had an Auris
4 years ago which after 5 months I had to
sell. I have a neck issue and that seat pushed
me forward. That aggravated my neck so
all the muscles hurt. Then I bought a Mazda
which had lumbar support. My neck was
fine and I didn't have the lumbar part on as it
were. I think I was putting my neck forward
as it had a deep dash.
Sold the Mazda only because it was starting
to cost and getting on a bit.
Love my fiesta BUT it's caused me so
much neck pain again. Cannot understand
how. The seat adjusts, steering wheel adjusts
Nothing obvious. Maybe I am sitting too low

Seeing an osteo on Tuesday and am sure they
can help. Just want to enjoy the car.
Hope everyone else with any pain, gets sorted

Too hard to change cars again and can't
afford too.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:24 AM

I bought my Zetec Fiesta with cloth seats in January and so far paid out £200 pounds in physio for my lower back pain. Can I ask is yours on one side only? Is your back pain remaining when you leave the car?

I have tried the seat in every position but nothing works.

I am seriously thinking I may have to sell the car.

I have thought of approaching ford but doubt that would get any response.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:55 AM

I've spent a lot of time adjusting my seat and wheel recently, especially in my new car. I think the main thing is being close enough to the wheel so you don't find yourself leaning forward (that's what puts strain on your lower back I think). There are some good guides online especially this one: http://www.wikihow.c...n-While-Driving



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:39 AM

Problem on those seats is they are just too wide.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:38 AM

I think the problem is the S shape. It makes you arch your back and therefore puts pressure onto the hip joint and below. I think I am going to have to seel the car!



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:35 PM

Oddly enough back pain with a car seat can be because the seat is making you sit properly!

Now I am not pointing any fingers here but say someone has had a lifetime of poor posture and they get into a well designed seat that makes them correct their posture it can lead to back ache.  And we all know how well designed Ford seats normally are.    This happens with new mattresses/beds sometimes.  People complain of back ache because they are shaping their spine differently. 

It is making you use your muscles differently.

The fact that these are sports seats and more supportive could aggravate the matter.

One alternative is to swap them for standard Zetec seats which are very comfortable and still supportive.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:42 PM

Sorry, cloth seats with no lumbar support

I thought the ZS, Titanium & Titanium X had lumber supportive seats?.

When I sit in my seat, you can definitely feel support in the lower back.



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