WWYD.............What Would You Do if you had worn out and uncomfortable seats?
Recover the seats with Mr Mikes or replace with seats from another vehicle?
I did some searching of the archives and found that most people like their Fiero seats. A few others have replaced with seats from other vehicles, Cavalier, 300ZX & Corvette. Some where easy installs others a little more effort involved.
Comfort over looks at this point but not by much. The corvette seats look great in the car but look like they could be difficult getting in and out of the car. Cavalier seats are a no go for me as they don't add anything to the look of the car The Cavalier seats are an easy install, the others not so much but still not out of the question.
I am not so concerned with keeping it stock but would like to be comfortable and have the interior match the exotic/sporty look of the exterior. Thanks
I have an 87gt with cavalier seats and they are comfortable. I haven't used it for long distance, so I don't know how they'd do. The 87 is a yard queen. They are really comfortable for the five minutes I sit in them and make motor sounds and pretend to drive. My 85gt on the other hand, has Mr. Mike's seats and when you buy his kit, he sends padding and cotton to add to the bolster padding. With the new foam, my seats are ultra comfy. I've driven that one from ga to Memphis several times, to northern Alabama and lots of places. I would buy from Mr Mike again in a heartbeat. It's more comfy than my wife's Subaru outback and many other cars. Ron
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I have an 85 notchy and had to replace the fiero seats with sunbird seats. They aren't as stylish as the Fiero Seats but mine were showing bare metal and hurt to sit on. $50.00 dollars total at Junkyard in good shape.
I saw some Mini cooper leather seats that would look great but will need mods to fit. Lumbar support, Up/down adjustment all mechanical.
I still have-and really like- my original seats......One thing I did (Maybe 20 years ago) was to fold up a hand towel and slide it up in the back to give a bit more lower lumbar support....I also replaced the speakers with Clearwater speakers (They used to have a kit specifically for the Fiero, but they still fit/work).....
In all of the reviews/road tests, the one thing NOONE ever complained about were the seats- Even Car & Drivel, who was famous for their anti-American(And specifically their Anti-Fiero) slant.....
The mini cooper seats I looked at will lower to the same height as Sunbird seats. The width/length back height were all within one inch. I just didn't have the time to mod the rails for the studs in fiero.
What I did when my '84 SE seats were worn thin: I found a filthy but otherwise undamaged pair at a local wreckers for $30 each. A local detailer cleaned them up & I installed them along with an excellent $70 dash from the same car. A cheap refresh on its 30th birthday!
Another vote for Mr Mikes. Fiero seats in good condition are comfy and look great. When worn, they can be neither. Mr. Mikes kit will restore both the look and comfort or rather exceed the look and comfort of original Fiero seats. The extra padding he provides makes the seats more comfortable than before, and since you do the install yourself you are welcome to add even more if desired. His materials and designs are top rate and gives you custom options to match and enhance your car. His work is well worth the money given the looks, comfort and durability. After using his in my Formula I'm saving up for a set for one of my other Fieros.
Night and day difference! (Ok a few other changes were made too)
Solstice and 4th Gen Trans Am too. TA seats are hard to find b/c its been a while since they were made, and junkyard seats are usually trashed. But a few vendors on Ebay have good sets. Solstice seats are easy to find, I just got a set out of an 2006, but drivers seat had the typical wear, similar to what the Fiero seats get over time. Reskinning the solstice seats will cost about the same as Mr. Mikes.
Mr Mikes here too. The quality can't be beat and with his video the install goes great. We went on a weekend cruise with our local Fiero group and they are very comfortable.
I met a Pantera owner last year at the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival, he had replaced the seats with a pair of Fiero seats with Mr Mikes covers. He likes the Fiero seats much better than the original Pantera seats and they look great in his car.
Thanks to my fellow Fiero owners for all the good ideas and opinions expressed. I am leaning toward reupholstering & recovering my seats although if a cheap pair of vette seats fell in my lap well all bets are off. lol
Now my next question is vinyl or leather? Decisions.........Plenty of time as I am going to order the covers right after I receive my tax return.
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I went with vinyl. Not only did it cost less, but also Mr Mike recommended it since I wad doing the red. He said a lot of the colored leather is painted that color and will wear off quickly. So depending on the colors and styles you use one may be preferred over the other.
If you would like to try something different... I recommend procar. The classic look seats they have are similar to muscle car and retro seats, if that’s your thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m considering mr mikes, but I’m looking at the procar sportsman because I like a good sport seat, but good comfort as well.
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