3rd row seats removal

Submitted: Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 19:25
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200 series Toyota L/C Sahara, year 2020
Is it difficult to remove the 3rd row rear seats ?
Some advise on "how to" would be appreciated
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 20:34

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 20:34
Hi George,
It was not at all difficult to remove them from my 2011 Altitude or 2019 VX. They just unbolt. Make sure you replace the bolts to fill the holes. It will leave cutouts in the flooring which I filled with black carpet from Bunnings and high density foam rubber. I used Velcro to keep them in place. The biggest issue is actually storing the seats somewhere in the garage. I really don't know why Toyota insists on incluing these rather less than useful seats in the 200 Series.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 20:39

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 20:39
" I really don't know why Toyota insists on incluing these rather less than useful seats in the 200 Series."

Because adding them to these "Toorak tractors" as after market is an expensive exercise.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 07:34

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 07:34
Hi Robert,

If you didn’t want the “extra” seats, why didn’t you buy the GX instead? For the difference in purchase price, you could option up a GX. :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 08:25

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 08:25
Hi Macca,
Of course the GX is a very adequate 200 Series , however it did not have the features we wanted. Barn doors, lack of leather seats, average AV, in general lacking some of the modern features you tend to expect these days. Our previous Altitude came with leather seats and a cool box. Unfortunately we had to compromise with respect to the cool box as it only comes with the “bells and whistles” Sahara.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 09:18

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 09:18
Paying to have leather upholstered seats stored in your shed is waste of money isn't it? A GX would as mentioned, allow for upgrade to AV "if" that was deemed essential, seat covers, a small fridge freezer and the tailgate doesn't drop onto trailer hitches and allows non reach access to vehicle rear.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:18

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:18
Hi Guys,
Thank you for all the comments regarding my choice of a VX over a GX. Certainly the GX is eminently upgradeable, however I made a clear choice and it was the VX option!
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Follow Up By: Darian - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:43

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:43
Me too...4 models at the time...VX ticked all our boxes...Sahara had extras that were of no use to us. Choice made. I think it’s called consumerism :-).
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 15:53

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 15:53
Maybe it’s just me but isn’t it just easier to remove the seats than to sell it and buy the model below that didn’t come with the extra seats :)
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 16:20

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 16:20
Trust you to take the easy way out Alby. :)
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 17:20

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 17:20
Yep Alby, seems pretty obvious. You buy the model with the features you actually want and either live with those you don't or make some changes.

Robert - if you google you'll probably find detailed instructions and likely even videos if you need them. Rear seat removal - long or short term - is an extremely common mod on many vehicles .
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:17

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:17
Hi Robert,

No problem with you choosing what you have, many people do choose the higher end Landcruiser models and remove the third row of seats. I just could not justify the added cost for what I intended using the vehicle for.

I chose the GX for a number of reasons, one being that as we do a lot of remote traveling, up market leather seats would be a bit of a waste, even with seat covers on, dust and dirt would damage the leather. I did not want the third row of seats as they would hardly ever get used. There is generally only two of us, plus the dog, so no need for the extra seats.

I am “vertically challenged” so reaching into the rear over the tailgate was an issue, so the “barn doors” were a better option for me.

Also, I think the “cool box” is a bit “gimmicky” and find the centre console storage more valuable and would get more regular usage than the cool box.

As I said, you chose what you chose for the reasons you stated, and I chose what I chose for the reasons I stated, nothing “wrong” with either choice.

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 09:11

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 09:11
Sorry Robert, I meant George of course :-)
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 08:21

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 08:21
If you intend to leave the seats out for an extended time, don't forget to re-register the vehicle as a 5 seat vehicle. If you need to use tools to remove the seats then it is considered a vehicle modification. Check with the motor traffic authorities if this is necessary for your state.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:47

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:47
In Qld you can remove the seats for a temporary measure. No one has come up with exactly how long temporary is.i.e..I,ve pulled my 3rd row and 2nd row seats out for my vehicle to be used as a touring car. This is only a temporary measure as I will install them when I sell the car...if it was permanent I,d sell the seats or dump them.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:27

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:27
Only becomes an issue if you need to change the registration, as it is registered as a 7 Seater, if it does not have 7 seats, it will not pass a roadworthy for registration purposes, this is in Victoria.

My Brother-In-Law had this issue when changing the registration over from his sisters name into his name after she had passed away. They had taken the third row of seats out of the GXL and had to have them reinstated in order to pass the roadworthy. Even had to have the headrests in place on the third row of seats, as they were original equipment. Once the registration was changed over he removed the seats again. Other states may be different of course, and the mechanic doing the roadworthy may choose to overlook this item, as let’s face it, it really does not make the vehicle “unroadworthy”, it is just a technicality.

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Reply By: Darian - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:51

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 10:51
Just on storage of the seats, once out. I’ve got mine inside the house...years back with another vehicle, I stored them in the shed under dust sheets. Although a good, well ordered shed, a rat took up residence in a seat...quite a job to remedy that (staining and odour).
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 16:27

Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 at 16:27
Had a similar experience. My seats are wrapped in plastic and reside in the wardrobe.
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