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    The passenger's seat in my GTi180 won't recline. It tips forward to allow access to the rear, but won't recline. I've only had the car a few months, and to be honest I've never tried.

    I'm assuming (dumb question...) that it should recline? Has anybody else experienced this? Any tips to fix?

    Many thanks Froggers!

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    Yes (and let's be careful here ), the lever moves backwards to recline the seat and forwards to tilt forward and slide to allow access to the rear.
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    find a working spare seat, chuck that in, then take apart your one. The 180 seats are fit for kings, so its best you restore it to good nick.

    a member off the forums here was selling one though it was in melb so postage was too much for me. I managed to find one locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    Yes (and let's be careful here ), the lever moves backwards to recline the seat and forwards to tilt forward and slide to allow access to the rear.
    Jolly jokers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lion5 View Post
    find a working spare seat, chuck that in, then take apart your one. The 180 seats are fit for kings, so its best you restore it to good nick.

    a member off the forums here was selling one though it was in melb so postage was too much for me. I managed to find one locally.
    Yes - thought that the seat might need to come apart. Passenger's seat is in perfect nick. Any tips for pulling apart? Is the side air bag a problem?

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    G'day,
    which way do you want the seat to move ?
    backwards for recline...lever goes backwards
    forwards for rear access...lever goes forwards

    DON'T let anyone else touch the bloody things for they will muck it up.
    As I typed this I had a strong feeling of deja vu.
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    Is the side air bag a problem?
    Only if it deploys when you are working near it.

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    Forwards/access works fine. Backwards/recline doesn't work. The lever on the door side was loose, I tightened this up yesterday but maybe something has popped out of place when it was loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Only if it deploys when you are working near it.

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    Your problem is only on lower portion of the seat. You don't even need to remove the upper upholstery. Just the bottom. Just make sure the car's off when you're unplugging the maze-like seatbelt/airbag connectors under the seat. Then it's 4x large torx head bolts. 3/8" drive torx heads help a lot because those bolts are torqued pretty high

    From memory there are different guides that have been done for various 206/307 seat problems because there are a few;
    - the seat locks against the rail rack (due to a faulty lift spring not disengaging of the rack properly, the more persistent you become the more these things wear out) - this is by far the most common one. When i took my seat apart I could sort of see why, this little pivot bolt and release mechanism that sort of holds everything together was really poorly made. All the welds are weak as shit.

    - the seat won't recline (yours) - when I was down there, I didn't look too much at my recline mechanism cause it was working so well. So well that i've accidentally reclined the thing into my head - many many times, felt like a heavy Ali hook
    combination of the above two
    - my one was that it would rock back and forth like a see-saw

    I'm sure there are more but these are the ones that I know of. If you're good with welding you'd be able to do a very clean job. I used a drill and bolts and nuts and locked my thing in place

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    Many thanks lion5 - greatly appreciate the comprehensive instructions.

    Cheers,
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    and i wasn't clear, "car off" means battery disconnected

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    Got it!

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    My Daughter's 206GTi had same recline / slide seat problem. They all have the same issue
    The fix was easier

    Just take the broken position selector out of the runner and throw it away the seat will work fine without it but you will have to lift leaver at front of seat to get in the back

    See link for other options
    http://howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=171210

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