Model 3 Seats Too Narrow

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I took delivery of my Model 3 10 days ago and love it. It is by far the best designed car that I have ever had. I have only one complaint, but it is a major one as I notice it every time I get in the car.
The seats are beautiful, but they are too narrow in the seat. The distance between the bolsters is only 12 inches. I am tall, but not overweight and I find that the seats put an excessive amount of pressure on the lateral sides of my posterior. I noticed it within 20 minutes when I first got the car. The 6 hour drive to my home got uncomfortable.
I have not seen any similar complaints on this site or other sites. I am interested if anyone else has this complaint and if you have any suggestions, short of a pillow on which to sit.
 

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I took delivery of my Model 3 10 days ago and love it. It is by far the best designed car that I have ever had. I have only one complaint, but it is a major one as I notice it every time I get in the car.
The seats are beautiful, but they are too narrow in the seat. The distance between the bolsters is only 12 inches. I am tall, but not overweight and I find that the seats put an excessive amount of pressure on the lateral sides of my posterior. I noticed it within 20 minutes when I first got the car. The 6 hour drive to my home got uncomfortable.
I have not seen any similar complaints on this site or other sites. I am interested if anyone else has this complaint and if you have any suggestions, short of a pillow on which to sit.
take a look at this post. This person took their car to a local auto upholstery shop and had the bolsters' foam related with one that is less dense.
 

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I took delivery of my Model 3 10 days ago and love it. It is by far the best designed car that I have ever had. I have only one complaint, but it is a major one as I notice it every time I get in the car.
The seats are beautiful, but they are too narrow in the seat. The distance between the bolsters is only 12 inches. I am tall, but not overweight and I find that the seats put an excessive amount of pressure on the lateral sides of my posterior. I noticed it within 20 minutes when I first got the car. The 6 hour drive to my home got uncomfortable.
I have not seen any similar complaints on this site or other sites. I am interested if anyone else has this complaint and if you have any suggestions, short of a pillow on which to sit.
That's the problem with one-shape-fits-all. The one real luxury feature (option, actually -- the German manufacturers can easily double the price of a car with options ;-) I liked in the Audi A6 was additional motorized seat adjustments that handled depth and width of the driver's seat. They did not really make the seat more comfortable, but they did make it a better fit. (My usual complaint was the reverse of yours: seats too wide for me.) But as one poster noted already, permanent adjustments can be made by specialist upholsterers.
 
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Thanks for pointing me to the other post. I found it after starting this thread.
I am hesitant to tear up new seats but may find it necessary. It would be nice if there were an option for heavily bolstered sport seats or seats that are made for comfort.
 

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Thanks for pointing me to the other post. I found it after starting this thread.
I am hesitant to tear up new seats but may find it necessary. It would be nice if there were an option for heavily bolstered sport seats or seats that are made for comfort.
I'm the one who had the side bolster foam replaced. I have to say it was well worth it. I understand not wanting to to have major surgery done to your seats but if you take it to a shop that does good work you won't be able to tell other than you will be more comfortable. Franz must have some skinny hips .
 
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take a look at this post. This person took their car to a local auto upholstery shop and had the bolsters' foam related with one that is less dense.
I just upgraded from gen 1 to gen 2 and I have the same problem. The seats are super uncomfortable on the sides because the material is too hard and tapers in too much. I'm 5'10" and thin. I'll be looking into reupholstering the bolsters' foam too.
 
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I took delivery of my Model 3 10 days ago and love it. It is by far the best designed car that I have ever had. I have only one complaint, but it is a major one as I notice it every time I get in the car.
The seats are beautiful, but they are too narrow in the seat. The distance between the bolsters is only 12 inches. I am tall, but not overweight and I find that the seats put an excessive amount of pressure on the lateral sides of my posterior. I noticed it within 20 minutes when I first got the car. The 6 hour drive to my home got uncomfortable.
I have not seen any similar complaints on this site or other sites. I am interested if anyone else has this complaint and if you have any suggestions, short of a pillow on which to sit.
I experienced the same. Tilting my seat forward seemed to help reduce the pressure. I bet the seats will mold to me over time.