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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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I'm too tall for it (188 cm/6ft 2 inches)

Finally got to test drive the new 124 this weekend. I wasn't really worried about it beforehand so it was a shocker to realize that the seat is definitely to small for me. I need to move the seat all the way back to be able to drive it and then can't recline the lean at all, making for a pretty uncomfortable seating position. Quite sad as I was really looking forward to that car.
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That's too bad that you can't get comfy in it. I am also 6'2". Like you I also put the seat all the way back. I just accept that I won't be relining the seat. I'm not using the car for long distance travel anyway. To me it's not a GT car, it's a sports car I'll use on shorter drives.

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That's really unfortunate to hear.. What do you think is next on the list ?
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How big are you OP?

I am 6'2, 200. Note seat will break in, you will sit lower in the car as the months go...and you will sit further back too as the seat breaks in, etc.
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Goodwin-Racing is correct. I am sure there is a way to lower the seat as well, by modifying the bracket.

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How big are you OP?

I am 6'2, 200. Note seat will break in, you will sit lower in the car as the months go...and you will sit further back too as the seat breaks in, etc.

I am 6'2, 200. Note seat will break in, you will sit lower in the car as the months go...and you will sit further back too as the seat breaks in, etc.[/QUOTE]

SO had had a chance to sit in a 124 today. Not happy. At 6'1" I am to tall. 1 or 2 clicks forward from all the way back, good position with the top down. Top up, another story, my head hits. Recline what I can, scoot down, tilt my head and I clear. Not good. Must say I am a little surprised after owning a Spitfire, TR7 and a X1/9 without issues. Strange...people are growing in average height.

Brian (Goodwin racing) what are the chances of a lowering bracket for the seat.
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I'm not sure what's next. I've been considering a very different car, the Subaru WRX. It's not a convertible and doesn't have the awesome MPG of the 124 but is big enough inside for me, is even more of a sporty ride, and probably a bit safer for my commutes. I'm open to other ideas though!
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Maybe 1" or 2" makes a significant difference. I'm 6'0" and find the 124 Spider and ND Miata noticeably roomier than my 2004 NB Miata. In that car I had to put the seat 1 notch from all the way rearward so I could recline a bit.

I'm planning to get a manual but checked out the automatic as well. I found putting the seat all the way back meant stretching to reach the pedals. Plenty of recline available then.

Have you checked out the BRZ, jintoku?
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Finally got to test drive the new 124 this weekend. I wasn't really worried about it beforehand so it was a shocker to realize that the seat is definitely to small for me. I need to move the seat all the way back to be able to drive it and then can't recline the lean at all, making for a pretty uncomfortable seating position. Quite sad as I was really looking forward to that car.
My husband is 6'4". To fit into my Spider, he moved the seat one notch forward, which allowed a small amount of recline to the seat. It's a very snug fit, but he said it worked. I doubt that he would enjoy being in it every day, though.
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So a bit of a bump.

I'm also 6'2 and while I'm ok with it I do have concerns albeit minor.

The rear view mirror gives me a blind spot. I found myself ducking a little when I turned to be able to see under the mirror.

Other concern is helmet room. Brian, can you fit in with a helmet on? I'm almost touching the roof as it is. Hardtop may rectify this issue.

Anyone doing a lower seat bracket? That may solve it too.
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