W202 - Awkward driving position for short drivers?

Discussion in 'Interior' started by d1st, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. d1st

    d1st New Member

    Dec 14, 2004
    Are there any female 5ft drivers of the W202 out there?
    Can you drive the c-class w202 comfortably?

    I am asking on behalf of my petite wife who is 5 foot.
    With the seat fully forward and adjusted as comfortably as possible,
    she still cannot reach the pedals adequately. She is able to drive it okay
    with no problems but her right leg has to be fully stretched out and
    her heel is always off the floor when the foot is on the accelarator.
    Is there anyway round this?
    I can't believe that she is the only 5ft driver of the W202. I know she's
    short but surely car manufacturers build cars for all heights and there are
    many women that height and shorter. She did not have this problem in our
    SAAB 900.
    Any tips? No jokes please - she maybe small but is very feisty and I'm gonna
    have to show her any answers!!!!
  2. Steve_Perry

    Steve_Perry MB Enthusiast

    Jun 3, 2002
    Wales, U.K.
    CLS350CDI Grand Edition
    One tip..., you can move the seat a little closer to the steering wheel if you adjust the seat height to its highest setting assuming you have manual seats with height adjustment. As the seat raises it also creeps forwards a little.

  3. Satch

    Satch MB Enthusiast

    Nov 24, 2003
    S211 E320Cdi Avantgarde Estate & Toyota Land Cruiser
    I have seen fold down pedal extensions used by someone with mobility problems. Base needs to be bolted to floor and articulated shaft goes up to "new" pedal. Rod underneath new pedal acts on the existing pedal shaft. Effect is as if pedals have been moved towards driver, but rod can be detached from existing pedal shaft and entire then contraption folds flat on floor (i.e mostly under the drivers seat) for normal use.

    Specialist stuff and I would suspect it needs a professional installation.
  4. bradspau

    bradspau Active Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    Mercedes C180 W203 Facelift (2006)
    Same problem for tall drivers !

    I appreciate your problems. I am 6ft 4 and drive a manual W202 with NO steering wheel adjustment. I have had the car for over a year and still cannot get the seat in a comfortable position to drive it smoothly. The main problem I find is when changing gear my knee hits the back of the steering wheel that i cannot adjust - Grrrrr.

    Time to buy an automatic me thinks !

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