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2020 Seats w/ Nonadjustable Headrests vs Older

liludiivert

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Jan 15, 2020
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Bay Area
Had my car (which has the new non-adjustable headrests) go in for service at tesla and was provided a loaner 2018 100D with the older seats with the adjustable headrests. The first thing I noticed when I entered the car was the seats being less comfortable, I immediately missed the newer seats. They seem quite a bit narrower and generally provide less support (at least for my body type). I also noticed the adjustable headrests are quite a bit firmer than the newer seats which feel like pillows in comparison. While I thought I would miss the old seats configurability, after this experience, I won't be looking back at all. I thought I would share and see if others noticed this difference.
 

Flyguy

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Aug 17, 2017
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94062
Sounds like they have made some good changes. My 2017 “next GEN” front seats Are too firm for my liking. I would gladly give up My adjustable headrest for more comfortable seats.
 

croman

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Nov 21, 2016
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Chicago, IL
Sounds like they have made some good changes. My 2017 “next GEN” front seats Are too firm for my liking. I would gladly give up My adjustable headrest for more comfortable seats.

Next gen never had adjustable headrests. Only Premium seats which is what OP is criticizing. Premium seats were the first ones made by Tesla. Next gen and prior are Recaro made and very wide, big bolsters and real leather.
 

Flyguy

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Aug 17, 2017
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Next gen never had adjustable headrests. Only Premium seats which is what OP is criticizing. Premium seats were the first ones made by Tesla. Next gen and prior are Recaro made and very wide, big bolsters and real leather.
Ah, got it. Lots of things I love about my car, the Tesla seats are not one of them.
 

dannycamps

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Apr 8, 2019
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Northeast USA
I have the seats with the adjustable headrests. I find them reasonably comfortable. My biggest gripe is the fact that I wear jeans mostly and the driver's seat is getting really worn in some spots from getting in and out of the car. Kind of disappointing with such an expensive car.
 

croman

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Nov 21, 2016
4,961
7,583
Chicago, IL
Ah, got it. Lots of things I love about my car, the Tesla seats are not one of them.

I think Tesla was still learning a lot about seat making back in 2017 and they hastily withdrew buying from Recaro who are a great OEM performance car manufacturer.

I think you could retrofit to the newer seats. Talk to service about the possibility. All the seats should be around 6k. I was quoted 3500 to replace my rear bench last year.
 

Flyguy

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Aug 17, 2017
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195
94062
I think Tesla was still learning a lot about seat making back in 2017 and they hastily withdrew buying from Recaro who are a great OEM performance car manufacturer.

I think you could retrofit to the newer seats. Talk to service about the possibility. All the seats should be around 6k. I was quoted 3500 to replace my rear bench last year.
Makes sense. The best seats I‘ve ever had were the Ricaro seats in my 1989 Jetta Wolfsburg edition.

I plan on keeping this car for a while longer, so I will take your suggestion and look into getting the front seats changed. Although according to your numbers both front seats would only be $2500?! That seems cheap. I see no reason to replace the rear seats, especially since both my kids are still in car seats.
 

HrvatskaEV

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Nov 14, 2019
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Zagreb, Croatia
If all the above is the case, I can't wait for my MS! The "old" seats I sat in during the test drive felt super soft and supple compared to a BMW X3 that I had driven the week before. If the new seats are even better, that's great.
 

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