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So my understanding is you drove a Forester with leather seats, then bought a car with cloth seats. The car is not to blame. Its you. Simply being observant and asking questions could have save you the pain of "major upper and lower back problems" and the cost of physical therapy. And something tells me that if the cloth seats were as bad as you make them out to be, someone else, like my 80 year old grandma who owns a 2010 Forester 2.5X Special Edition, would have complained as well about "major upper and lower back problems".Report it
Sorry to read the rude comments by the people above. I didn't find the Forester seats comfortable enough, either, as I also have back issues (and I bought the top-of-the-line Forester). I solved the problem buy buying Tempur-pedic foam cushions from Relax the Back (for seat bottom and also for seat back) and then keeping them on securely by covering them with custom sheepskin seat covers. Hope this idea helps.Report it
The base models lack lumbar support. Even the power seats (10 way) took some tweaking to get "just right." Now that I have them where I want them, it's all good.Report it
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