Help! I don't like my Recaro Seats (2021 Mach1)


New Member
Jul 10, 2021
Hi all. I recently bought a 2021 Mach 1 in JFG with the Recaro seats and had the car shipped to me. I knew it was a gamble with the seats, but the deal was great.
I love the car but I don't fit comfortably in these seats.

I was thinking about trying to trade my car for the same configuration with the leather heated and cooled seats instead, but I really don't think a dealer would go for that. I have about 150 miles on the car at the moment.

What other options are out there to replace the Recaro seats? I'm open to suggestions.

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5 Year Member
Feb 13, 2017
Your best bet is to sell the car and order another one without the recaros. If you try to modify the seats, you can screw them up and also hurt the value of the car. If you try to swap them out for regular seats you may not get the heat/cool function to work and you will hurt the value of the car. And finally if you swap them for regular seats out of a GT you will lose the mach 1 stripe on the seats and hurt the value. Just sell the car as is and get another one the way you want it. Ask the dealer what he will give for an outright sale not a trade, and try the various online places like carvana and vroom and see what the will give you. Hopefully some one will give at least what you paid. Two months ago you could have made a couple grand profit with the chip shortage driving up used car prices. Even now you could still break even.

BTW, I'm 6'3" and about 350 lbs and I fit in regular premium leather seats in my 17 convertible, not great but it works. My car is only a toy, I've only done 13K miles in 4.5 years of ownership.

And finally, unless you are going to track the car, there is no point in getting the recaros, unless you want them for bragging rights.
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Mod Dude
Feb 18, 2001
The seats aren’t a plug and play swap. The wiring harness is different and there are various modules that need to be programmed and activated. You can do this with ForScan but you’ll have to do the legwork yourself as it’s not been a common swap (although it’s been asked a few times). I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it’s going to require digging into your brand new car.

I have not done this particular swap, but I’ve done similar swaps in newer fords, like adding heated steering wheels to cars that never came with them.


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Admin Dude
Jan 4, 1985
What's wrong with the Recaros in the Mustang?

I'm asking because I don't know. :shrug:

I have a set of Recaros in one of my cars (not a Mustang) and I don't know if I've ever had a better seat.


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Admin Dude
Jan 4, 1985
I See...

Maybe look around for a universal seat with manual controls. Pull the OEM seat and wrap it in plastic. Cap and stow all of the connectors.

If you ever decide to sell the car, how sweet would it be to pop a brand new Recaro into it for the sale? :shrug:
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