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Old 12-28-2009, 02:59 PM
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I've been in either Burbs or Tahoes for at least 15 years now. Still have 2 Tahoes and a Burb. Lately my knees have been getting pretty stiff on long rides and I feel that if I could move the seat back 2-3 inches it would really help. I absolutely love every aspect of the 2003 Tahoe I'm driving and the same goes for the 1999 before this one except for the leg room. I could probably get a body shop to move the seat back a few inches but then the back seat wouldn't fold down which is important.

I don't want a pickup, I like GM products (flame away), and don't feel like moving to something as big as an Excursion. Any suggestions on a Tahoe sized vehicle with better leg room or do I just continue stop every 2-3 hours and work my knees out?

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I drive a 2009 Nissan Armada, friends all have newer Tahoes/yukons, and all comment that my SUV feels much bigger inside. Not sure of exact size numbers, but even the backseats are plenty roomie enough for a grown man. Worth a look
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I looked at just about every SUV last December. One of my requirements was a lot of driver leg room. I ended up with a GMC Yukon Denali and I'm very happy with it. I do a lot of driving and when my legs and back start to get sore, I turn on the seat heater. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and I'm good for another hour or two.

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Just finished testing a sequoia and that thing has plenty of leg room - very nice and roomy. Not sure any vehicle will keep you from having to stretch yours knees out... sometimes a little stretch is the best thing for the person.
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Look at the long wheelbase Expedition (noted as the EL model). Perhaps will work for you.
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........... I could probably get a body shop to move the seat back a few inches but then the back seat wouldn't fold down which is important.
Shag, I just walked out and took a peek at my Tahoe (same as yours). I've had my seat out before to recover (easy job BTW). I think you could extend the track the seat slides back'n'forth on 2 or 3".. Just get a used one from a wreck and give all the parts to good machine shop or welder, then just put it back together.

BTW, I also had a 99, this one and my next primary vehicle will be another Tahoe. No flames from here
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Shag, I just walked out and took a peek at my Tahoe (same as yours). I've had my seat out before to recover (easy job BTW). I think you could extend the track the seat slides back'n'forth on 2 or 3".. Just get a used one from a wreck and give all the parts to good machine shop or welder, then just put it back together.

BTW, I also had a 99, this one and my next primary vehicle will be another Tahoe. No flames from here
My only problem is that my rear seat is tight now when I fold it down. Not sure I could go any further back with the seat and have room. My wife has the Z-71 with the rear buckets and it seems to have more room than mine but I'm pretty sure she won't trade me.

Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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I hear you re the lack of leg and head room in nearly all cars and SUV's. I'm 6'5" and legroom's always a problem. First thing I did when I purchased my 4 Runner was to take it to a shop that does work to modify vehicles for the handicapped. They moved the seat back and now I drive and stretch out with my legs fully extended - fantastic!

On the rare occasion when I need to fold the split rear seat down I simply move the front seat forward with no problems.

I've had the seat re-anchored and moved back in the last 3 vehicles I've purchased - couldn't drive any other way. Good luck.
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Look at the long wheelbase Expedition (noted as the EL model). Perhaps will work for you.
X2 I have a new EL King Ranch love it ,rear seats all fold down flat ,hide away running boards come out only when you enter or exit and it has a long wheel base for towing control.
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I just did a little over a week in my new 2010 Sequoia... NJ to FL and all around in between. Tripmeter said just over 3000 mile and the trip timer was just under 60 hours.... plenty of leg and headroom, lots of comfort, and lots of "extra" room in the back.

I know you said GM, but you honestly owe it to yourself to take a look. Put just under 150k on my last Sequoia with nothing but standard service and no mechanical surprises at all.
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Be aware that the seat travel on some SUV's appears to be limited by the side air bag configuration. It's marginally useful to ask a question like this on a forum because those answering are of varying heights and leg lengths. I am quite tall with long legs. As a general rule, I find Ford vehicles to have better driving position than GM, however GM models with adjustable pedals help. Toyotas are problematic because they place the gas pedal too darn close. Nissans, I usually find to be good.
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