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Ask Smithy Xtra Commodore seat problems

  • By Graham Smith
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After reading about a complaint of the plastic trim on Commodores splitting and breaking I can tell you that Commodores have had seat problems for years. My VY had the problem and so has my one-year-old VE. The problem is that the foam splits and you cannot see it because it is covered by the cloth trim. Once the foam splits and sags it puts pressure on the plastic trim and it breaks. Holden will replace the plastic trim once under warranty, but will not come to the party on the main problem, which is the foam breaking down. They replaced the seat on my VY, but the dealer said Holden would not do it anymore since the GFC. What has that got to do with the warranty?

Graham Smith
Ask Smithy


Good to know if the plastic trim breaks on your Commodore. If it does, look deeper and have the dealer replace the foam as well as the plastic trim you can see. I’d say the real reason that they don’t change the foam is that it’s an expensive exercise, and nothing to do with the GFC.

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  • This is a common problem on VT-VE Commodores (usually on ex police & higher kilometre vehicles) so much so that we sell lots of the seat side panel (mostly drivers side) & since Holden changed the seat design in the VY the seat base is prone to internal collapse, the best way to prolong the side panel life is not to slide across the seat when exiting the vehicle, both side panel & seat base are not designed for long life.
    I’ve changed plenty of seat bases on customers vehicles because of this issue & it’s only when you disassemble the seat you can see why the problem exists.

    Total Comm Spares of Moorabbin Posted on 10 June 2011 5:16pm
  • Outback Jack, I was going to say that, but I thought better of it ...

    Jeeves of Hobart Posted on 10 June 2011 11:28am
  • Buttock size may be a factor.

    Outback Jack of Woop Woop Posted on 10 June 2011 8:18am
  • Commodore seat problem?  crap.  i have had a VN, VS, and now have a VZ.  a mate of mine has a VE and used to have a VY, and none of the vehicles have had any troubles like that.

    Jeeves of Hobart Posted on 08 June 2011 9:04am
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