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Grumpygrandad has the 2 seat bench which can be moved whether upright or folded down & doesn’t fold forward It’s only the 3 seater that does that.
 
Paul Grice

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Hello all, first problem I’ve encountered with my Cali. Moved the 2-seater bench forward to try out setting up the bed. It now won’t move back! I can hear the release latch activating but the bench seem to be solidly stuck in the forward position. Anybody else had this?
Hello all, first problem I’ve encountered with my Cali. Moved the 2-seater bench forward to try out setting up the bed. It now won’t move back! I can hear the release latch activating but the bench seem to be solidly stuck in the forward position. Anybody else had this?
Hi Paul,
No, in the 6.1 you pull on a webbing strap between the seat belts to lay the seat down into the bed position. However, you obviously can’t do that until the seat has been moved forward because of the board at the back. To move the seat forward you use the handle at the front of the bench seat (drivers side)
Ah I see ... oh well good luck
 
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The three seat bench can be moved whilst in the seating position or laid flat or folded forward
 
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Don't know if it is any help but I had the same problem a few weeks back and found that the retain bolt located in the floor rail behind the seat had come loose and jammed. This prevents the seat from going back the whole length of the rail. Managed to unscrew it and slide it back. Found this picture on the website of what it looks like. Believe that there is one to the front as well.

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Don't know if it is any help but I had the same problem a few weeks back and found that the retain bolt located in the floor rail behind the seat had come loose and jammed. This prevents the seat from going back the whole length of the rail. Managed to unscrew it and slide it back. Found this picture on the website of what it looks like. Believe that there is one to the front as well.

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Thanks Milton. Will double check.
 
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Thanks Milton. Will double check.
GD when the fridge on my brand new Cali started switching off for no reason. The supplying dealer fixed with a new replacement fridge and offered me £250 worth of VW accessories as an apology, something to think about.

Hope it's sorted quickly.
 
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I know this my new obsession but slid a WiFi endoscope in the left and right hand channels from both front and rear. Interesting because I could see what wasn’t working when I lifted the handle to move the seat.

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I know this my new obsession but slid a WiFi endoscope in the left and right hand channels from both front and rear. Interesting because I could see what wasn’t working when I lifted the handle to move the seat.

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In the first three pictures the black component moved clear of the cogged rack. In the last picture it didn’t move at all. It the one at the rear on the passenger side.
 
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I know this my new obsession but slid a WiFi endoscope in the left and right hand channels from both front and rear. Interesting because I could see what wasn’t working when I lifted the handle to move the seat.

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In the first three pictures the black component moved clear of the cogged rack. In the last picture it didn’t move at all. It the one at the rear on the passenger side.
Spoke to Citygate this morning. Apparently most of the parts are in but they're waiting on a panel?! Cant imagine what ‘most of the parts’ are, nor what the panel is for? They're expediting so hopefully they’ll crack on with the fix soon.
 
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Spoke to Citygate this morning. Apparently most of the parts are in but they're waiting on a panel?! Cant imagine what ‘most of the parts’ are, nor what the panel is for? They're expediting so hopefully they’ll crack on with the fix soon.
Have they said how long they will want your Cali for GG.
 
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Have they said how long they will want your Cali for GG.
No but Cliff said it would be a ‘mission’ !
I’m intrigued as to exactly what has failed. If I was a betting man i’d put my money on the linkage between the front and rear release mechanism has detached. But that wouldn’t be a mission to fix.
 
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The endoscope was a brilliant idea! Good luck with the resolution. I hope to collect our new van on Wednesday? Seems they are still working during Lockdown 2. So, I'll be trying to sliding seat before I leave the dealer.
 
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The endoscope was a brilliant idea! Good luck with the resolution. I hope to collect our new van on Wednesday? Seems they are still working during Lockdown 2. So, I'll be trying to sliding seat before I leave the dealer.
Yes, check as much as you can when collecting. I did slide the bench seat forward and back a little on collection but didn’t bring it all the way forward and lower into the bed position. Did that after a few days and that’s when the problem showed itself. Anyway, who knows, very unusual issue. My checklist attached if it’s of any use.
 

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This is very good and very thorough. Many thanks. I can see it may take a while to do the handover!:thanks:thumb:oops:
 
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Yes, check as much as you can when collecting. I did slide the bench seat forward and back a little on collection but didn’t bring it all the way forward and lower into the bed position. Did that after a few days and that’s when the problem showed itself. Anyway, who knows, very unusual issue. My checklist attached if it’s of any use.
I can't imagine what VW would do if 4 of you were travelling through Europe and the rear seat became stuck.
 
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Just so you know GG, my Buzz is 3.5 months old now, I can place left knee in the middle of the bench seat, right leg straight with foot on footplate, and lift lever and move the bench seat all the way back and all the way forward. Great core exercise for those that have a poor core o_O :cheers
 
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Just so you know GG, my Buzz is 3.5 months old now, I can place left knee in the middle of the bench seat, right leg straight with foot on footplate, and lift lever and move the bench seat all the way back and all the way forward. Great core exercise for those that have a poor core o_O :cheers
Thanks Californication69.
I’m resigned to painfully waiting for VW to repair (or replace).
 
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@GrumpyGranddad Yes, I know, I hope they can repair it really quickly and you can start working that core muscle out !
 
Skooty Alan

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Yes, check as much as you can when collecting. I did slide the bench seat forward and back a little on collection but didn’t bring it all the way forward and lower into the bed position. Did that after a few days and that’s when the problem showed itself. Anyway, who knows, very unusual issue. My checklist attached if it’s of any use.
That is one hell of a check list!:thanks
 

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