Are the "bucket" seats attached to the middle front seat or are they all separately attached to the floor? (I'm wondering if the middle front seat can replace the center console for 02 models w/o the bench seat)
It isn't attached at all to the front seats. It looks like it could be removed real easy. I took a really good look at it and it really is bucket seats. Why do they call it bench seats? Maybe because it has a seat belt for the center seat.
What's so different between the '02 and '03 pics? I've looked at them back to back, again and again for the past ten minutes, and there is nothing different other than the lack of lumbar adjustment knobs, and the fact that the back seat no has a mounded area on top plus a new center lap belt. Other than that, nothing new.
I have another question. The first Av we drove was a SOM '02 Z71 with graphite bench seats, and the cloth material was very soft, plush, and comfortable. Our Z66 however, has buckets and therefore a different cloth that is tighter and thinner, but does not look or feel like it will wear nearly as much as the "fuzzy" stuff with the benches. I've seen pics of a few used '00 Tahoes with the same benches and fuzzy cloth, and you could clearly see where the cloth had worn, loosing its plushness in certain areas.
Has this been the case with most of you that have had the benches for a while? A year later, there's barely even any dust on our '02 buckets, let alone any wear. The plush, velvet-like stuff with the benches doesn't look like it would be the same way after daily use over time.