Heated seats - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
Forum Member
lesshirl's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Victoria - Australia
Posts: 22
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: XS Premium
Transmission: Manual
Cool Heated seats

Hi All, I have been doing some research on heated seats, (winter pack in the US) and I've noticed that under both front seats in my 2011 Forester XT Premium there is a yellow cable sheath with some wires going to the seat and the back support of both chairs. MMmmm. Does anyone know if these are the wires for the seat heaters. I've been trying to find wiring diags, but there dosn't appear to be any information on what these are for. I have traced the wiring under the drivers powered seat and they are separete from the wires in the yellow cable sheath. My thinking is (if I'm not wrong) that maybe all Forester Primium have the wiring for heated seats is already installed (makes sense to me in the build process on the assemble line; think about it) Most car makers have one wiring loom installed in there cars and the difference is the fit off to the components. My thinking is that maybe all that is required is the switches for the console??? Have I lost the plot or wishing for too much?
Can anybody advise thanks in advance.

U R young once, but can stay inmature indefinitly
lesshirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 10:52 PM
Forum Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 15
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: Forester XS premium
Transmission: Auto
I really am just guessing here, but my thinking is that you are probably right about the cabling being there, but doubtful that the heating elements would be installed in the seats. If the elements were there (and the cabling) then a low cost of a switch would add another selling feature to the SX.
Robert Hornby is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 12:50 AM
Contributing Member
Kevin's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 5,892
Car Year: MY03
Car Model: XS Premium / Luxury
Transmission: 4EAT w/diff lock
Yellow = restraint systems e.g airbags, seatbelt pretensioners etc. Don't mess with them!

MY'03 XS AT offroad; MY10 Triton GLX-R
Kevin is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 04:49 AM
Forum Member
muzza's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 434
Car Year: 13
Car Model: Liberty GT wagon
Transmission: AT
Yah -I'm thinking they are seat passenger sensors for seatbelt warnings and whether to trigger the passenger airbag stuff....

MY13 Liberty GT wagon
muzza is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 06:17 AM
Forum Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 222
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: FXT
Transmission: Auto
Originally Posted by kevin View Post
yellow = restraint systems e.g airbags, seatbelt pretensioners etc. Don't mess with them!
Joshua is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 07:37 AM
Forum Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 127
My '09 doesn't have heated seats, and I found that I missed them.

Last year I bought a heated seat cover from Amazon for $20.00.

It lays over the bottom and back of the seat and elastic bands hold it in place. Then you plug it into the cig lighter and bingo, heated seats.

That heater works better than any standard heater I have ever used. I suppose it looks a little chinzy, but my butt doesn't care what the seat looks like, as long as it's warm !!

2009 2.5X with special "ping on 87" option
SteveB2175 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 08:23 PM
Forum Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: melbourne
Posts: 53
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: my05 xs luxury
Transmission: manual
i retro fitted heaters too

mine came from eBay and they were placed under the skin and power came from the front ciggie lighter, switches were found that are from earlier model and fit in place. I have seen some recent posts on ebay from sellers selling kit with everything that you need including switches for less than $100.
roscored1000 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > International Forums > Australia / New Zealand

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Subaru Forester Owners Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome