Bad back too - A3 crippling me?
Hi, joined the forum just to reply to this A3 bad back issue.
I had a citroen for 10 years and thought i'd upgrade to an audi a3.
however after a month of driving the a3 SE (cloth seats, no lumbar) I found I'd started to get a bad back. Nothing serious at first but within a further month it got progressively worse until I could hardly walk.
This was Dec 2010 and I thought it must be the A3 seat as when I drove my dads Fabia on occasion it would give me a bad back for a day (VW group connection?)
Anyway after about 2-3 months of physio and exercise I was ok and reluctant to 'blame' the car as I'd just got it (and its nice); so got a wedge cushion for the drivers seat and continued using thru the summer without issue.
I drive only 25 mins to work and 25 back each day and not much else so it wasnt a case of long hours driving.
But, this Nov 2011 I noticed the back pain again and although I tried the physio exercises I was incapacitated within a week. It was incredibly painful and I've had 3 weeks on the sick, now back to work but in pain and cannot sit and stand for long and needless to say driving in the A3 to work is a nightmare.
As said by others I have a pain at the base of the spine on the right side which is accompanied by nerve issues down the right leg from the backside to the knee. Cannot extend either leg (hamstring) or bend forward and get a general 'weak' spasm occasionally like a loss of strength.
I think the prob is that the A3 SE seat does not support my thighs at all (I'm 6') so I am sitting with my backside on the seat and have knees higher. I've tried every position - the citroen I had was able to 'rock' the angle of the base of the seat ie angle up or down the whole seat so I could adjust to support my thighs. The A3 only goes up and down or tilt the back.
Any ideas on replacing the seat with one more supportive one (perhaps from other VW group models) or its a new car for me.