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02-24-2009, 10:03 PM #11
You think you are sure they exist, but you've never seen one in person.
The only 9 seat Suburban I've seen in my generation is in the Chevy brochure that I have. I really don't know why. I find the seat/storage combo way more useful than just the storage unit.
My 1991 Suburban had a HUGE center console. My current one is alright, but I'd give it up for the extra seat. I've been caught in a few situations where I was hauling gear AND I needed seating for 6, or I did have 9 passengers.
I ultimately gave up looking for 9 seats, and focused on looking at low mileage vehicles with the goal of replacing my center storage unit.
Good luck in your search. I'll let you know what I find with my seat.
02-24-2009, 11:13 PM #12
You could use the center console you showed... but I would go with a factory one because its guaranteed to match the cloth or leather, whereas one from a different company is not guaranteed to be a 100% match.
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02-24-2009, 11:28 PM #13
I agree with other guys id look around for factory just do to the fact that you wont have to spend money to mod anything. The bolt pattern should match without having to change anything. But just my 2 cents since i dont own a burb but id try to stay a close to factory as possible when it come to nuts and bolts of my driving seat. Wouldnt be cool to leave red light and be sitting in second row seats due to shotty mod work.better to be safe then sorry.
02-25-2009, 06:31 AM #14
The biggest problem with the one that's four hours away is that they won't give us a price on our 99 Taurus, which we want to trade in. Understandably they want to see it first. So, do we take a chance and drive four hours, only to find out he won't give us enough for the Taurus to make the purchase worthwhile?
The one that's right near us is a white 2005 Yukon XL with 56k miles. After trading in our 99 Taurus we could get it for 14,000.
The 8 passenger we're looking at is a Silver 2003 Yukon XL with 47k miles. After trading in our 99 Taurus we could get it for $11,400. So it's got lower mileage, we like the color better, and it's $2600 cheaper. So we have to ask ourselves, couldn't we just *add* the 9th seat for less than $2600?
We already ask the dealer about having his shop put in the 9th seat, and he said he can only do GM seats, not aftermarket seats, and he has to first check to verify that it's still got the mounting holes for the seat and seatbelt.
02-25-2009, 07:14 AM #15
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So you have two bucket seats with a center console now? If you want to keep the bucket seats (I would!!) then the little console/seat bolt down is a good idea, what's the cost on that?
What do the bench seats that you're looking at look like? Are they the full 60/40 bench or are you finding buckets with a center flip-up seat/console?
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02-25-2009, 08:28 AM #16
03-01-2009, 09:53 AM #17
Stopped at the interior shop today, and it just happenst he shop is moving. There was a person there to help, but not the expert in the matter, just my luck.
The middle seat is a bit wide, as I already noted, so they weren't much help. I have to get the expert opinion, or pull the seats out myself to see if it will fit. The weather sucks around this time of year here, so I"m not really wanting to do that at the moment. I may have to drive up to this shop during the week for a better assesment.
03-02-2009, 09:49 AM #18
Well, we went ahead and purchased the 2003 Yukon XL, with 8 passengers and a front middle console (no front middle seat).
We've thought about it, and I think we're just going to leave the front middle console there and worry about replacing it with a front middle seat at some point in the future, once we really need a front middle seat. Right now 8 passengers is plenty of seating for us!
03-02-2009, 12:13 PM #19
The need hasn't been often as you mentioned, but sometimes loading up on cargo, you can't use the 3rd row, then you need 6 person seating and maximum cargo room in the rear. It's pretty much why I"m determined to find some solution sooner or later. I hope this seat works, because it is gray and already matches my stock interior scheme.
03-02-2009, 12:46 PM #20
But, do let me know how your seat works out. We might pick up the seat before we have a need to put it in, and just put it in storage so we've got it.
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