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Thread: A Guide to the A2's Boot and Rear Seats

  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2ME View Post
    Hi Timmus
    Very informative, good post.
    I have just bought a 4 seat model, but Ideally I would like a 5 seat model.
    You say a swap over is not possible, however when I look at the rear seats out photos, It seems that only the latch attachments at the front of the rear seats are different, Could these not be shifted and allow a 4 seater be turned into a 5 seater?, or would there be seat belt anchorage problems?. Cheers
    Hi,

    The front latches (mounts) can be moved for the conversion but unfortunately the rear locating holes are totally different and it would be a massive job (almost unfeasible) to modify the floor pan to match the locating pins.

    Believe me I have tried and it is one of the conversions that are in the "too difficult" pile, not impossible (vry few things ae actually impossible), but to me not feasible.

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    I often remove the rear seats AND front passenger seat, put a box in the space where the passenger seat used to be, and then run a full-length camping mat from front to back giving me space to roll out a sleeping bag or duvet if I'm feeling decadent and get a great nights kip. I've done 3 weeks touring France using this setup. There is ample space left in the back and front passenger footwell for luggage, a portable stove, pots, utensils and all sorts of bits n'bobs needed to keep you out of a B&B/hotel and cafe/restaurant for weeks on end. So essentially my A2 doubles-up as the quickest, most agile, most fuel-efficient campervan I have yet to drive (and I've owned my fair share of high-top Transporters in my time!). Removing the passenger seat will set-off the Airbag light on the dash as the airbag wiring has to be disconnected in order to remove the seat, so I'm not sure if that disables the whole system, and it does require a trip to a dealer to clear once the seat is back in, or a run through VCDS, but imho it is well, well worth it for the pure joy of being able to have a great nights sleep in my Spacebubble, especially when its pelting rain outside I'll post up a photo next time I've it set up like this to give you an idea of just how luxurious these cars can be B-)

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    is it possible to put 2 front-seat-type seats in the rear area so that the rear seats can recline further?

    that would be ultra cool...
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    For an uninformed potential owner like myself - how much does the 5-seater bench weigh and is it difficult to get it in/out of the car?

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    I,m not sure exactly how much it weighs but I would describe it as heavy. It is very easy to remove though and folds in on itself... similar to a large suitcase with a carrying handle and a clever system !. I would think or recommend that it is a two person job to avoid accidental damage to the door cards etc.

    The grab release handles are located at the back of the bench seat near to the boot floor. Once the headrests are removed I think you pull on these handles and the whole seat folds up. Its then a case of moving it slightly forward and releasing the whole seat from the metal securing clips.
    Last edited by Special edition; 18-06-2017 at 12:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFG View Post
    For an uninformed potential owner like myself - how much does the 5-seater bench weigh and is it difficult to get it in/out of the car?
    Unfortunately, I don't have an exact answer, but, from the first post in this thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by timmus View Post
    The bench weighs 3kg more than the combined weight of the split seats, meaning two adults are needed to remove it from the car.
    So, if someone is able to weigh a single rear seat, we can calculate the rough weight of the bench.

    Although it is possible to remove the rear bench on your own, my back would advise against it. As Dave says, it's cumbersome and you can easy give your interior a good thump with it. Personally, for all the reasons I've outlined in the posts at the start of this thread, I much prefer the 4-seat layout, but that's easy for me to say as I never need to seat 5 people in my A2.

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    Just out of interest the bench seat was an optional extra and would have cost an extra 160 from new.
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    I don't have a great deal of need for rear seats these days, but the ability to carry 5 may be useful as our other day-to-day car only has 4 seats and the car the A2 will replace (a Yeti) has 5. Of more importance to me is ease of conversion to 'van' mode. From the remarks above it sounds as though the 4 seater would be better in that respect.

    I'm just trying to put together a checklist of 'must haves' when I'm sifting through cars for sale. It seems that just about any OEM option is retro-profitable thanks to the ingenuity of some folks here, with the exception of Opensky and a 4/5 seat swap. I think I'm in for a long wait while a suitable car comes up for sale (and there also seem to be lots of people looking for a up-spec TDi's!) so I'd better make sure I a) choose wisely and b) act damn quickly when one does come up!

    Thanks for all the comments about the seats. It's been very useful.

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    I would say a 5 seater TDI with leather is rarer then hens teeth
    Paul (Depronman)
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    Quote Originally Posted by depronman View Post
    I would say a 5 seater TDI with leather is rarer then hens teeth
    I have two.
    My wifes 90 has twist heated 5 seat leather and my new A2 has black heated 5 seat leather.

    But you are correct it is quite rare.

    Steve B

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