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electric seat recliner

I am not very tall so I need my seat forward. But I dont like to be close to the wheel. Despite the seat back being a good 3 to 4 inches from the rear bulkhead. the controls wont let me recline the seat anymore than it is already. Once it thinks its far enough it starts pushing the seat forward but doesnt recline any more. I find the position too upright and have no support in the small of my back. The seats are no where near as body hugging as my mx5 Its the one thing I feel lets the car down. Unless anyone has an answer, I can see me buying a lumber support
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Is this the electrically controlled seat? Have you adjusted the steering wheel in and out to try to get the distance you want?
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Is this the electrically controlled seat? Have you adjusted the steering wheel in and out to try to get the distance you want?
+1, and have you tried lowering/raising the seat as this may provide a bit more room. You have to remember the SLK is quite a bit bigger that the Miata "on the outside", but not necessarily bigger "in the seat". I came from an MR2 Spyder(loads of seat fore-aft/tilt and tilt wheel(no in-out)), and have been playing around with the seat controls for 5 weeks. I think I've finally found memory position 1, ...I'll fiddle around with the adjustments for mp's 2&3.

Enjoy!

p.s. I'm "only" 5'8"(around a 29-30" inseam) but have fairly long arms(made it hard to build my golf clubs when I was playing).
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+1, and have you tried lowering/raising the seat as this may provide a bit more room. You have to remember the SLK is quite a bit bigger that the Miata "on the outside", but not necessarily bigger "in the seat". I came from an MR2 Spyder(loads of seat fore-aft/tilt and tilt wheel(no in-out)), and have been playing around with the seat controls for 5 weeks. I think I've finally found memory position 1, ...I'll fiddle around with the adjustments for mp's 2&3.

Enjoy!

p.s. I'm "only" 5'8"(around a 29-30" inseam) but have fairly long arms(made it hard to build my golf clubs when I was playing).
It purely the recline. It will not go back any more despite there being acres of room behind it. I have the seat at its max height as i am 5' 6". I hate sitting bolt upright. The steering wheel is a far retracted as it will go. but with the seat in a good position for the pedals I am too close to the wheel and too upright. The seat design lets the car down as there is also inadequate lumber support. Seems this is a common problem with mercs from what I have read. I wonder if the manual seats are as restricted in travel ?
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Try a search on "normalizing" the electric powered seats (post from DansSLK).

Or try the following:

With the doors open and seat empty, try lowering the seat to its lowest position, adjust the back to your desired angle, then move this to as far back as it allows, at the pint where the "collision-to-rear-bulkhead avoidance" feature comes in.

Next, sit on the lowered-and-moved-back-as-far-as-allowable seat, still with doors open. Move the seat forward to desired distance and raise to the desired height. Try adjusting the seat back to the desired angle.

Store in memory, preferably on all three if you are the main driver most of the time.

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+1, and have you tried lowering/raising the seat as this may provide a bit more room. You have to remember the SLK is quite a bit bigger that the Miata "on the outside", but not necessarily bigger "in the seat". I came from an MR2 Spyder(loads of seat fore-aft/tilt and tilt wheel(no in-out)), and have been playing around with the seat controls for 5 weeks. I think I've finally found memory position 1, ...I'll fiddle around with the adjustments for mp's 2&3.

Enjoy!

p.s. I'm "only" 5'8"(around a 29-30" inseam) but have fairly long arms(made it hard to build my golf clubs when I was playing).
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Try a search on "normalizing" the electric powered seats (post from DansSLK).

Or try the following:

With the doors open and seat empty, try lowering the seat to its lowest position, adjust the back to your desired angle, then move this to as far back as it allows, at the pint where the "collision-to-rear-bulkhead avoidance" feature comes in.

Next, sit on the lowered-and-moved-back-as-far-as-allowable seat, still with doors open. Move the seat forward to desired distance and raise to the desired height. Try adjusting the seat back to the desired angle.

Store in memory, preferably on all three if you are the main driver most of the time.

Hope the above helps.
Thanks for that. I have just been out and had a fiddle. Its a bit better but merc assume that if your tall you want the seat low and back and reclined. As soon as you move up it moves forward. then before you get to a nice leg length it starts to pull the recliner up. Pity they aint manual. I think I would prefer that to being forced into a seating position you dont feel comfy with. I will look for that thread you mentioned
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Thanks for that. I have just been out and had a fiddle. Its a bit better but merc assume that if your tall you want the seat low and back and reclined. As soon as you move up it moves forward. then before you get to a nice leg length it starts to pull the recliner up. Pity they aint manual. I think I would prefer that to being forced into a seating position you dont feel comfy with. I will look for that thread you mentioned
Found a thread about it. Seems its a very common problem with the electric seats. I will see if I can find a tame merc guy who can advise. Dont fancy paying main dealer prices. In the meantime I will mess about with the settings as advised. At least it give her indoors summat to nag me about
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Wander up to one of the sheep chases, and I'll drag my Star along and we can both adjust the seats properly, and if that does not give you enough room, turn collision avoidance off. It's really a bit of a fiddle to get the seats right, but it can be done! :-) Lumbar support is still a bit of an issue (for me at least) regardless, so I usually keep a golf towel behind the seat so I can roll it up when needed for more lumbar support.



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Wander up to one of the sheep chases, and I'll drag my Star along and we can both adjust the seats properly, and if that does not give you enough room, turn collision avoidance off. It's really a bit of a fiddle to get the seats right, but it can be done! :-) Lumbar support is still a bit of an issue (for me at least) regardless, so I usually keep a golf towel behind the seat so I can roll it up when needed for more lumbar support.
Thanks for that kind offer. I will keep an eye on the sheep chases and when I can attend one I will SHOUT help
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