Short Legs

Discussion in 'Interior' started by Kent, Nov 7, 2002.

  1. Kent

    Kent New Member

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    Hello everyone. I have just bought my E300 TD estate Auto and everything is great except for one small niggle. There is no steering wheel adjustment on this model and after getting the best driving position (for me) I find that I am having to stretch to comfortably depress the throttle. I am a bit short in the leg (29") and long in the body but am certainly no physical freak. Anybody know where I can get an extension to the throttle rubber so bringing it closer to my foot.
     
  2. Shude

    Shude Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    considered platform shoes? <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'>

    I don't know about pedal extensions, never seen or heard of them anyway, sorry. &nbsp;Maybe someone else has...
     
  3. Guy

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    When I was a kid there was a small woman who lived near us.
    Her husband had drilled all the pedal plates and screwed wood onto them.

    Seemed very Heath Robinson even then!

    I've no helpful suggestions, other than to open your wallet wide and ask your friendly stealership to help you.

    Beware your Insurance Co - they may claim some home made modification contributed to any accident you may unfortunately suffer, and deny liability.

    Good luck.
     
  4. GrahamC230K

    GrahamC230K MB Enthusiast

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    Hmm. You must like the car lots to buy it even if it doesn't fit.

    You don't even have the telescopic steering wheel adjustment?


    I am sure you may have tried this, but...........


    Altering the height and angle of the seat can affect the stretch of your legs to reach the pedals, so try experimenting with those.

    I like to feel sat in the car, so I have the seat as low as can go and have the tilt on maximum up so it means I can sit slightly closer than normal (I am 6ft 1). I still bring the steering wheel closer to me though so that I can keep both hands on the wheel with my arms crossed, in case of having to quickly recover the back of the car! &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/happy.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':happy:'>
     
  5. Shude

    Shude Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (GrahamC230K @ Nov. 08 2002,15:07)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">I like to feel sat in the car, so I have the seat as low as can go and have the tilt on maximum up so it means I can sit slightly closer than normal (I am 6ft 1).</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
    Same here, I'm only 5'11 but I like to sit &quot;in&quot; the car too. &nbsp;When I got that w203 loaner it took me about 10 mins to get the seat setup properly, there is nothing worse than feeling like you're sat &quot;on&quot; the car!

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    <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleeping.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':sleeping:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleeping.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':sleeping:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleeping.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':sleeping:'>

    as for the pedals, make sure they're done properly because it's possible to fail your MOT for pedals that are &quot;not up to standard&quot; or something.
     
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    this is how far back I sit: taken from this page

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    My wife complained about this when we first got the car.

    I think the reason she felt uncomfortable with it is because she is used to pedals hinged at the top rather than the bottom.

    Within a couple of weeks, she got used to it and it felt natural.

    My advice is to stick with it and I recon you will just get used to it.
     
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    Kent

    Kent New Member

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    During the test drive I had no problems and indeed there are a number of driving positions which are good enough despite the lack of steering wheel adjustment (quite surprising in a £35k car). This is my fourth Mercedes but the first E Class. It was only after taking delivery that I really experimented and found that my optimum seating position left the throttle a touch far away. Still it's no big deal, the overall driving enjoyment is superb.

    Thanks to all,

    Kent.
     
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