My new car arrived 3 days ago and it's super uncomfortable.... :(

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I ordered a new Audi A4 Sport on a lease, and it arrived on Tuesday, it's a lovely car on a very good deal, but my god the seats are uncomfortable.

I know "why do you buy a car that is uncomfortable ?"  - well when I tested it it seemed fine, but after a few days it's really giving my back grief...

so miffed :( 

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1988
    That's a bit of a bugger - how long is the lease?

    Grown most uncommonly fat!
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  • 2 years! 

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  • Had an S3 a few years ago... after two months ended up with “jeep disease”... google it... wasn’t fun... Audi seem to build the comfort out of their cars!!!!
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  • A problem with sports models, often super hard suspension, great for the track but not UK pot holed roads. Ever wonder why lotus are famous for ride and handling? They time the cars for UK country lanes, fairly soft suspension but stiff anti roll bars. German cars are designed for autobahn.
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  • German cars in particular seem to be built to go around the Nurburgring ...and forgetting that they also have to go around the m25 and the South circular.

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  • assuming you have tried all possible adjustments:
    • is it faulty?
    • can you get them to replace with a different one?
    • you could get some after market seat and fit it for the 2 years

    My wife's Volvo gives me a lot of backache, luckily I don't go in it all the time
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  • Every Audi with ‘Sport’ somewhere in its name is bloody uncomfortable in my experience. Unremittingly hard and jarring....

    Softer Audis usually ride much better - but are much less sharp when cornering. Given that the reality of modern driving is being stuck in a traffic jam, or cruising on a motorway, I’d take the non-sport set-up every time.
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  • The indicators probably won't work either so send it back
    "This is this"
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  • The indicators probably won't work either so send it back
    Though they’re usually very capable when it comes to tail-gating....
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  • The speedo will be fucked as well. I hear they are a good car for 3am hit and runs though.
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  • LodiousLodious Frets: 778
    Is it the ride or the seats that are uncomfortable? If it's the seats, I'd give it a while, I've have a few cars that I thought I would not get on with the seats and after a month or so they turned out ok. Sometimes little tweaks to the position can make a big difference.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 776
    Ever wondered what the four rings were on the Audi badge? Yep, they are the four ring cushions needed to sit comfortably in one. The jarring ride will soon damage your brain and then you'll drive like a true Audi owner. Send it back. 
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 3345
    edited December 2017
    Had an S3 a few years ago... after two months ended up with “jeep disease”... google it... wasn’t fun... Audi seem to build the comfort out of their cars!!!!
    I suffer from that as does my father and daughter.......you have to be genetically pre-disposed by having a minute fissure at the base of the coxix where the skin has never totally closed since we lost our tails through evolution.........it's actually very common................anyway,I'm going back to get on with my cave-painting and making a stone axe
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  • SimonCSimonC Frets: 650
    The indicators probably won't work either so send it back
    Though they’re usually very capable when it comes to tail-gating....
    You can also leave it double parked or on double yellows while you just nip in the shop.
    Perfectly legal for Audis
    More Cowbell !
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  • German cars in particular seem to be built to go around the Nurburgring ...and forgetting that they also have to go around the m25 and the South circular.
    I've ridden dozens of laps of the Nordschleife. It's a very good approximation of varying road surfaces, including bumps on the racing line. If a car is comfortable there it will be fine on the M25 as long as the clutch isn't too heavy for stop/start traffic. Because that's the real London driving challenge... 

    +1 for see how the seats wear in for a few weeks. You'll probably get used to it and they'll get used to you. 

    True story - I knew someone who bought a new Escort XR3i and complained bitterly about the hard ride. When inspected, they found the car had been sold without taking out the spacers which protected the shock absorbers and stopped them from moving! Removed them and all was well. 
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  • I’ve suffered from a bad back and had major spinal surgery last year. I had a job earlier this year where the owner of the company had a big flash Audi. One trip down to the Manchester office was enough for me to say I would never go in the car again. Everything about the seat design seemed wrong, almost counter intuitive. 

    Rob
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  • Well I've come to the conclusion that I have 3 options, 1- see if I can get used to the seats , 2 - see if I can give it back , 3 - buy a comfy drivers seat on eBay and switch them for 2 years.
    It's not the ride that's the problem it's the shape of the seats, they have side bolster things that dig into my back. Weird thing is I'm not a wide person, I'm tall and slim , I can't imagine how anyone remotely portly would drive one of these cars 

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  • BRISTOL86BRISTOL86 Frets: 1416
    I bought a 2016 A3 TDI Sport a few months ago and find the seats really comfortable. Certainly firm but supportive and comfortable. I do wish they had an adjustable lumbar support but other than that I really like them. 

    Have you tried the different drive selections to see if they make any difference? 
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  • I used to use a backfriend for long journeys.  Don’t look the best in a nice car but stop aches and pains.
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2504
    My BMW MSport is like that. You'll get used to it. Low c of g, hard suspension and big tyres make for a decent drive.
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15351
    Deadman said:
    My BMW MSport is like that. You'll get used to it. Low c of g, hard suspension and big tyres make for a decent drive.
    My BMW has has an option to run in sport mode or eco which has a softer suspension setting.
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • Softer suspension will help, but if the seats give you a bad back, suspension settings will only do so much.  I had an Insignia which had a comfy ride but the seats were still a killer.
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  • ok so i decided to look at this as if i had bought a guitar, if it arrived and played like shit after 3 days it would go back, so same thing applies to a car. I spoke to Audi and i'm within the 14 day cooling off period so hopefully i can give it back. they have none of my money yet so nothing to refund.

    so now begs the question- what can i get that has very comfy seats ?

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  • DanRDanR Frets: 567
    Option 2 will get you laughed at by the lease company in a polite way.

    Option 3 would be probably be a breach of your lease but they are unlikley to ever know and could be an issue with ypur insurance if it was written off.

    So maybe get a cushion?
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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 624
    This reminds me of my very brief love affair with a Corrado Vr6. Early nineties and my new business was doing well so I quite fancied the Corrado. Went to the dealer for a test drive and he just handed me the demonstrator keys and told me to get it back by end of day. Seven hours to give it a good workout on every type of road. The performance and handling were brilliant but after an hour my back was aching so I adjusted the seat. No improvement. Miles later and after endless seat adjustments the ache had turned to pain. By the time I returned the car I was bent over like a little old man. I knew I was never going to get used to that seat so the love affair ended.
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  • DanRDanR Frets: 567
    In fact how did you lease the car.

    Did you do it online or in a  dealership.
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  • the lease company are out of the equation now - they effectively introduce me to Audi and I pay them a an admin fee, which i will lose. My finance contract is with Audi direct.

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  • DanRDanR Frets: 567
    I don't fully deal with leasing at work but I do think depending on how the agreement was executed distance selling could be involved but if you have driven it and you collected the car from a dealership you might not be able to work that angle.
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  • My old boss always had Audi A4s and whenever I had to travel any distance with him, my back would ache and I'd get terrible pins and needles in my legs.
     By far the most uncomfortable car I've had the misfortune to travel in.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • it was delivered to my house, and in the contract it states there is a cooling off period.
    Anyway i'll see what happens next week after Xmas....such a ballache

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