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I have noticed after driving my Ody for a couple of months that the armrest for the driver is just a little below where it should be do be comfortable. I have to practically slouch in the van to actually have it function as an "arm-rest".

Do others out there have a similar complaint? Are there simple solutions to this?

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That is my biggest complaint about the Ody (which isn't really too bad!).

I find that the armrest is too close and low. Having driven sports cars or sedans that had a console armrest all my life, the Ody isn't quite as comfortable. I can live with it though as my wife is the primary drive of the van, and she's much smaller than my 6'2" frame.
 

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I found the the armrest does move with the seat back. May be we have to drive the van in a lay back position in order to make the armrest in an upper position.
 

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My only problem with the armrest (singular) is that it is singular. I don't like the lack of an armrest on the outer side of the seat. That molded in shelf on the door doesn't count. Too hard, wrong position. The inner armrest is fine for my 6'2" self.

However, I do like the adjustable lumbar support. More than makes up for the lacking armrest.
 

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The armrest is nicely fitted for our use, but I sure wish there was one on the outsides of the seat as well!!
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- and how about a foot-stool and a blanket too. C'mon guys, it's a car not a recliner. I think the seat is sometimes TOO comfortable, with the many positions of the power adjust seat (not to mention seat-heater) and steering wheel audio controls, and cruise control, etc. I can get sleepy as it is on long trips with all that, nevermind extra comfy armrests. I was happy with the armrest, coming from never having had one in a previous vehicle. BTW, the lumbar lever on the right side: I basically leave in lumbar support mode, and can't see why I'd want it the other way. Any back experts out there or longer users of this to differ with me?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by overmyheadcam:
My only problem with the armrest (singular) is that it is singular. I don't like the lack of an armrest on the outer side of the seat. That molded in shelf on the door doesn't count. Too hard, wrong position. The inner armrest is fine for my 6'2" self.

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I agree wholeheartedly.

I was discussing this problem with someone the other day and they dropped the idea of getting hold of a seat back from one of the middle seats and trying to make it fit in the drivers position. I'm talking about swapping the backs only. I don't know if that's possible. The middle seats are a little wider if I'm not mistaken but it'an idea. Just looking at it, I think it would be a bit tight between the seat back and the body pillar between the front and sliding door.

Just a thought.



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I suspect part of the reason we don't have an armrest on the left is the side air bags. You'll lose those obviously if you switch seats.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Intrepid175:
I agree wholeheartedly.

I was discussing this problem with someone the other day and they dropped the idea of getting hold of a seat back from one of the middle seats and trying to make it fit in the drivers position. I'm talking about swapping the backs only. I don't know if that's possible. The middle seats are a little wider if I'm not mistaken but it'an idea. Just looking at it, I think it would be a bit tight between the seat back and the body pillar between the front and sliding door.

Just a thought.

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I'm with Overmyheadcam and 2002EXL, the armrests in the doorpanels of the front 2 doors are too low. They need to be an 1 to 1.5 inches higher.

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the armrests on the doorpanels leave a lot to be desired.


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Right! The door panels are too far forward and rock hard, especially with the cloth interior. What were they thinking? With the leather interior there is just enough 'give' to make a noticable difference. We had aftermarket installed (Classic Soft Trim) and would highly recommend it!
 

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The only problem I have with the arm rests is that when they are down it is inconvenient to buckle the seat belt. I use the Ody mostly around town, so I wind up leeaving the arm rests up all the time. I imagine I would use them more on long trips.
 

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If you want to see how the armrests should be, at least for my frame, take a seat in the Kia Sedona. They got it right. Of course, some of it has to do with the narrower body and the seat being closer to the door, as it was in my '94 Caravan, which also got it right.

Jerry O.

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The Astro used to have two armrests for the front seat occupants, but, I think, even in those, they are a thing of the past. Too bad, although, as a driver, I prefer to have plenty of elbow room, in case of the need to steer quickly, and never use even the one I have.

Jerry O.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mhellman:
I suspect part of the reason we don't have an armrest on the left is the side air bags. You'll lose those obviously if you switch seats.

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Good point, except that my '01 LX doesn't have side air bags so I've got nothing to loose on that count.




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O.K, guys, who is going to give us the mod for installing a RECARO, with cut-outs for a five point harness?

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I wish the armrest could lock into a position of the driver's choice. I'm 5'8", and it is not in the right position for me either. Just like cmmeyers, I am used to a console armrest and find the Ody's too close for comfort.

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not sure what you guys are reffering to...I've had my Ody going on 2 years now, and have NEVER noticed anything wrong with the armrest placement/size!! and I'm on picky SOB!




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