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And to what someone said above, that's BS about how it's closer to the trans. Transmissions only run in the middle between the seats only if it's front engined and rear wheel drive. In a FWD car, the trans is right there behind the engine and cable actuated (or rather electronic on higher end cars) so it doesn't really matter where the shifter is. You can put freaking buttons on the dash for different gears and the car doesn't care.
Ahh never thought of all that. Just relaying what my grandpa told me, and seemed to make sense.

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And it's an automatic trans. It's not sporty and it doesn't need to be shifted fast. You pick forward, reverse, or stop and the car decides the rest. You're using it like 1% of the commute anyways. I'd rather have all that extra space. I don't live in my car so I don't need to have all the amenities of my home inside my car.
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Funny you should mention that. The other day in my physics class we were studying circular motion. My professor related a story about how he grew up in the '60s and his first car was an old Mercury. He related the story because back in the day cars didn't have seatbelts and had bench seats. He also mentioned that people would put nyron seatcovers on cars that made them slick and static-y. He was driving with his girlfriend (who became his wife) and he rounded a turn as quick as possible. This was a good way to test your releationship also because the girl would slide across the seat as the car rounded the curve and build up static and hit the metal door and get a nasty shock. If she liked you enough, then the next time you round the curve, she'd be holding on tight.
That reminded me of a story my Dad once told me about how he was driving his 1963 Buick Electra which had no seatbelts and someone pulled in front of him so he swerved and was literally in the passenger seat trying to hit the brakes while he was steering.

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The column shift guys have buckets too, its not like the seats are diffrent between the two styles of Taurii.

One thing I did notice with my 1999 vs the 1997, the 1999 seats were more bucketish then my 1997 seats. The 99s seats hug my body more then the 97s do, but it is still comfortable.

I don't know, its just something I noticed.

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theres on thing i miss about my big ol wagon... the 60/40 split bench. i flip the console up and i can just lay out and take a nap. layed there every night for a while talkin to my baby when she was out of town for a while. just turn on the radio stretch out, and comfy comfy comfy. lol. i miss it!


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Us G1/2 guys do have a different seats for the bench and buckets. I must admit, my bench does feel pretty grippy. It does seem to hug me like a bucket. I guess it's probably from the saggyness of the driver's seat.





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I know at least three of the people in this topic that likes the bench seat and column shifter are under 25 y/o. Not that old at all.





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I'm under 25, but just about every car I aspire to own has crushed velvet bench seats and was available with an 8-track or a factory CB.

Floor shifters make the car feel smaller, that's why I like the column.

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I'm ten years younger than 25 and I love the column shifters. Like Stockers, most of the cars I hope to own are old, and in my case sqaure with red or blue interiors and doors that clunk when you close them.


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I know how you feel Stocker. My old car was an '86 Dodge Lancer. It was a floor shifter and I hated it. On most of the cars my family has ever owned, the driver's door would just not work from time to time so sometimes I had to crawl over from the passenger side. You don't want to slip crawling over the console and shifter. I love my bench seat. I can slide over w/ no problem even with cloth seats.

I would like to have a big land yacht from yesteryear. I'd like a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (preferably a late '70s or early '80s model). The big RWD ones with the huge V8 (not the diesels!). Now that's the ultimate cruiser. I'm only 20 y/o BTW.





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