globalti - Member
Maccruiskeen and later Stumpy01 have hit the nail on the head - I drove the Ibiza yesterday to get the winter wheels fitted and realised that I was sitting with my legs up and my thighs unsupported by the seat, meaning that all my weight was on my bum bones. As Stumpy01 says, the seats are actually very comfortable; the backrest is an excellent shape. Then I realised that Mrs Gti has got the steering wheel pushed as far forward as it goes and that if she pulled it back towards her, she could sit further away from the pedals and her legs would flatten out a little for more thigh support. For once she didn't insult my idea and took it on board quite thoughtfully so when she's better (she hasn't actually sat down for a week now) she can try that, along with a sheepskin I bought her. I will also look at raising the front of the seat cushion, either with a wedge or with spacers under the rails.
I'm impressed by the amount of time you guys are prepared to spend typing replies to my little problem - thanks to you all
Seems like we're helping each other out to be honest!!
In my previous post I mentioned buying ice packs for my OH's dodgy knees.
She has recently developed infrapatella bursitis or something, which is inflammation of the fluid sac below the knee cap. Currently she is in a lot of pain with her knees and is seeing a physio about it, who is telling her part of the problem is a lack of muscle supporting the knee, but she can't exercise to strengthen the muscle as her knees are too sore.
All this started after she got her new Ibiza (could be a coincidence as she was also doing a bit of regular running at the time) and I wonder if she has set the car up like you suggest; steering wheel pushed too far forward, as her thighs are definitely lifted off the seat base.
I think we will have to have a bit of an experiment to see if we can get her in a more ergonomic position. She has got long legs, so could probably do with having the steering wheel as far out as it will go like you say, so she sits further back and straightens her thighs in relation to the seat base for more support. Cool! Something to try!