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Old 04-24-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy GT XL 378 Driver and Pass Seat Adj

Hi all - we've had our "nearly new" '08 XL for a few mos and still consider ourselves "green horns." But, every visit to the forum and trip opens our eyes to new details - thanks to all who post and make us newbies a tad smarter!

I have two Driver and Pass. seat adjustment questions:

1. The armrests on both seats appear to have a fixed lower elevation - no adjustment. As it stands, the arm rest angles are too high for us and almost unusable for the driver. Is there anyway to lower the bottom stop to decrease the armrest angle closer to level? (our seats have elect fore and aft adj - everything else is mechanical/manual).

2. The driver's seat doesn't appear to be capable of swiveling 180 deg. to point backwards. We've had the seat full aft and fwd, back rest tilted in both directions and are always blocked by the tilt wheel (which is in the full tilt up position) when we try to swivel backwards.

Thanks for all your help!

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Mike we also have a 08 Georgetown 378 and I have never been able to turn the drivers seat around 180 degrees. The passenger seat will turn with the back straight up and the seat forward. I don't think there is any armrest adjustment. Since I am 6' the arm rests are ok for me and my wife never has complained. Also the 378 has the recliner directly behind the drivers seat therefore, I never saw the need to rotate it all the way around.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:33 AM   #3
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Oops - guess that's bad news, at least for the arm rests. We can live with the swivel situation, but I sure would like to lower the arm rests. Thanks for the quick response. Any problems towing the Escape?
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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Oops - guess that's bad news, at least for the arm rests. We can live with the swivel situation, but I sure would like to lower the arm rests. Thanks for the quick response. Any problems towing the Escape?
You have to lower the trans fluid about a half a qt. There is a hole on the dip stick. The fluid has to be between that hole and the add mark. Other than that off you go... Travel at 65 or less and start the engine and run thru the gears for 5 min every 500 miles. We do it every time we stop for gas, and in the mornings when traveling. The reason for the lower level (we leave it that way all the time) was that the trans fluid expands when hot and overflows. (Ford Says) My wife has Parkinsons so we carry a CRICKET in the back to run around in at the camp grounds (1/3 the size of a golf cart). It fits completely in the back with the seat down.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:07 PM   #5
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Escape

Thanks for the information! My daughter has an Escape and I've been very pleased with it. I've wondered if it might make a good dingy when she gets ready to trade -in.
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