Recaro seats

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by Ben, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Ben

    Ben Member

    My ST won't be arriving until April 2015, so I still have to time to think about changes to my order. I have only seen the ST with recaro seats. They were very comfortable, but might be constricting for a passenger any larger than me. Does anyone have the standards seats, and are the recaros really worth two grand?
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  3. ST-in-Mich

    ST-in-Mich Member

    I have the standard seats, and while I don't Auto-X I do go down curvy back country roads and typical day driving. They hold me in place pretty well and are comfortable. I think spending the 2 grand would have been a waste, in my case.
  4. BlackBird

    BlackBird Active Member Staff Member

    I have the standard seats. They're not bad, though the recaros look nicer and are of course, more snug. I'd rather put that $2,000 elsewhere.
  5. Kevin R

    Kevin R Member

    They make the decision much easier for us up here in Canada. The Recaros are standard, can't get the car without them.
  6. iLiptiKal

    iLiptiKal Active Member

    Even if we didn't have them standard I would have got them. I love these seats and so does every person that sits in them.
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  7. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    I wouldn't want the car without them. They make spirited driving much more fun.:cool: It's like getting a hug every time you get in the car.
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  8. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Got them love them !
  9. Zormecteon

    Zormecteon Active Member

    If you think they are too expensive, check out how much they would cost to add as an aftermarket addition to nearly any other car. $2000 is a bargain.
    If you think they are too expensive, don't buy them. .. I love mine.
  10. EcoBeast

    EcoBeast Member

    As ^Kevin^ mentioned, we Canucks did not have a choice so before buying the car I spent a solid hour sitting in the Recaros at the Toronto auto show just to be sure. In my opinion it makes the car a complete package both in appearance and driving ergonomics.

    My only issue is getting in and out of the car requires more effort than regular seats. My butt is set deeper in the seat and knees are up higher. Upon exiting I really need to lean outward to extract my butt out!

    When inside, good luck trying to turn around to get something from back seat. These are meant to keep you looking straight ahead.

    But I am 46 so your back may be in better shape.
  11. OrangeFist

    OrangeFist Member

    I have the Recaros and glad I have them. I turned in a Titanium whose seats are the same as the standard ones and felt I was sloshing around in them. Mind you, I'm smaller stature and 5'6". If you have a passenger that does not fit in the seat, he or she will weigh down the car. lolololol! I have a couple friends who are BIG girls. Looks like we'll use their car.

    As far as getting in and out of the Recaros, a get in sideways and swivel inwards. Getting out, I put seat back, swivel to the side, grab the steering wheel and ease my way out. :D Its worth the effort.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
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  12. limbo

    limbo Active Member

    I picked the base seats for the weight savings and 2k just wasn't worth it to me. Also child seats are much harder to fit w recaros.
  13. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

  14. Kap

    Kap Member

    My only experience with the Recaros was sitting in them at an auto show, and although I had minor quibbles with the headrest angle and thigh resistance when pushing the clutch down, I thought they were fantastic. The bolstering really holds you in place, and I can see that stability adding even more confidence when taking this car around hard turns. (This car corners like a dream, by the way. You're going to love it!) The only real "issue" with them is that they're a $2,000 option on a $20,000 car, and as a percentage, that's significant.

    If you want sport buckets and are even thinking about aftermarket seats, get the Recaros. As Zormecteon said above, they're a bargain at this price, plus they're factory installed with airbags and heaters (as well as heated mirrors).

    I personally went with the base seats, and I'm quite happy with them. I find them comfortable (with the lumbar support fully engaged), and never give them a second thought until I read threads like this. (Haha!) I think the Recaros are a great deal, but for me, I just couldn't justify the expense considering the type of driving that I do, which is primarily commuting. (*Disclaimer: I'm also generally frugal and my FiST is completely barebones because I didn't need any of the additional options. I'll be putting the money that I saved toward my next FiST, because once you drive one of these, you'll start to wonder how you drove anything else! :cool:)

    Since you have time on your side, my advice would be to try out both seats if at all possible and see what would work best for you! :)
  15. Ben

    Ben Member

    Honestly, I like like the recarros, but they do hug my shoulder's more than I would like, I can only image they'd cause problems for bigger passengers. The base seats look fine to me, and I've gone this far without recarros in my other cars. Thanks for the advice!
  16. JP6

    JP6 Member

    Every person I've met that bought the car without recaros has sat in mine and immediately regretted not getting them. The inside of the car is the part you get to enjoy every day. The seats add to your daily experience and are worth every penny.
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  17. smatty

    smatty Member

    I do not regret getting them (the regular seats). But if you are going to track your car at all, ever, even possibly, I would get them. I just got back from octane academy and I must say they were quite nice for the track. I also spent over thirty hours on the road in my reg seats during the trip and i still prefer the regulars for street driving.
  18. ted lorendo

    ted lorendo Member

    I agree. They remind you that you are driving a sport compact not A regular compact. I'm 6'4" with a 38" waist. Every now and then my left hip will ache. Its motivation to lose some pounds. Is the 2grand worth it after having them.

    I might sell my front recaros. More and more uncomfortable. We will see.
  19. Ben

    Ben Member

    I don't plan on taking my ST to the track, as it will be a road trip vehicle; however, much of that travel will be on the autobahn. I really want an opportunity to sit in the standard ST seats, but the Dutch dealers don't seem to have that as an option.

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