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2 door- back seat accessability

I took my dad shopping for a 2 door for under 15,000$ so we looked at several 2004's, 5's , 6's but when we got to an '07 ..............holy crap I damn near killed myself trying to get in and out of the back seat.

Why the heck did they stop making the tilt up seat, is it really this hard ? I mean there was only about 6" at the bottom of the seat to the B pillar and the seat belt almost hung me!

I've got to say that this could be a deal breaker between an '07 or an older one.

I must say that I am so glad that as a family we went with the 4 door.
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I took my dad shopping for a 2 door for under 15,000$ so we looked at several 2004's, 5's , 6's but when we got to an '07 ..............holy crap I damn near killed myself trying to get in and out of the back seat.

Why the heck did they stop making the tilt up seat, is it really this hard ? I mean there was only about 6" at the bottom of the seat to the B pillar and the seat belt almost hung me!

I've got to say that this could be a deal breaker between an '07 or an older one.

I must say that I am so glad that as a family we went with the 4 door.
I found an easy way of fixing that on my 08.I took the backseat out....problem solved.

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I found an easy way of fixing that on my 08.I took the backseat out....problem solved.
Ours is in the garage, with the rugs. Only time we use it is with the top off. Just climb over the side on the tire.


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For 2008 and newer they changed how the seatbelt is mounted. It helps some.

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If you need a back seat, don't buy a two door....
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My brother-in-law has a 2012 and it has the tilt seat. Much easier to get into it than my 2010. But I've had my backseat in twice in the last 6 months, so... whatever.

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the back seat is needed for my 8 year old son (his grandson) to ride in and it was even difficult for him to in and out.
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Go 4 door...

When I was looking I literally looked from the east to the west for a 2005 - 2006 LJ because I wanted the extra space. When I kept coming up empty (or looking at the price for a new JK) I decided on new. As much as I wanted a 2 door I had to be honest with myself about my 6 y/o son getting in and out with his friends. I was at the dealer working on transferring a 2 dr from MI when my GF suggested we go to the beach for Labor Day w/e. (she had no clue I was there).

I knew then that I needed a 4 door.

I agree if you need the back seat then I suggest the 4 door.

Oh yeah. The only two things I would change; I would have gone with half doors and an auto.

I would google pics of the JKU with half doors. if you want an idea of how they look.

If 2 door is the only consideration then I would continue looking for 2005-06 LJ

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My kids just climb up the tire and over the sides. If the "family" is in the jeep then there is a 100% chance it does not have a top on it!

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the back seat is needed for my 8 year old son (his grandson) to ride in and it was even difficult for him to in and out.
My kids climb onto the seat and then go between the seats to get in the back makes for dirty seats but it is way faster and easy for them.

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Got a 5 and 8 year old ...no issues getting them into the back seat. They've figured out many ways to crawl back there.

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They returned to the tilt forward seat with the 2011 interior redesign.

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My kids just climb up the tire and over the sides. If the "family" is in the jeep then there is a 100% chance it does not have a top on it!
Sounds like my house. Even my 3yr old can easily climb over the wheels into his booster seat.
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I tell everyone including adults to just go between the seats to get to the back seat. Mine is an 07 and its comical trying to watch an adult fit behind the front seat and get around the seat belt. I really don't know what chrysler was thinking on that one. At least they somewhat fixed it on later models.

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They returned to the tilt forward seat with the 2011 interior redesign.
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My kids climb onto the seat and then go between the seats to get in the back makes for dirty seats but it is way faster and easy for them.
X2 I haven't used the tilt feature on my 11' but a handful of times. Its either climb over the center or the top is off and they climb over the sides or back.

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There is a mod to move the lower seatbelt mount to the rear seat mount on the '07s. It does make for slightly easier entry to the back seat (easier being relative to the contortions needed currently), but I noticed the seatbelt tended to 'lock' during fast cornering or hard accellerations.
After a dozen times of the wife complaining about the seatbelt being locked, I moved the mount point back to the side of the seat where it was and removed the rear seat completely.
the dog was happy...the folded up rear seat became his bed next to the dining room window til I traded off the two door.


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