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Old 08-20-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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A question about pre 1997 and post 1997 E36 seats!

Apparantly my installer is telling me that the manual seats I got from a 1998 E36 sedan cannot be install in a pre 1997 E36 sedan-which is my car. He also said he didn't remember why.

Did BMW change something in the seats in the E36 in the year 1997. I can understand electric powered seats being wired differently as the years changed but simple manual powered seats should be the same for all years of the E36.

Am I right?










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Old 08-20-2005, 01:04 PM   #2
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If the brackets and mounts are the same they should fit fine.
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Old 08-20-2005, 01:27 PM   #3
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I saw the pics of your new seats, do you have a pic of your current ones? What is the setup? Should like he's BS to me. All front e36 bmw seats use the same brackets and should fit fine. I put in e36 98 m3 seats at one point in my car and they fit perfect and even wired right up and remember my car is a 95. Your mechanic is a boner.
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He's right the brackets do not quite line up with the holders in my 1995 318i sedan.

The post 1997 seats came out a 1998 318i sedan and the lower brackets have an extra grove on the inside of one of the brakects for holding something to do with SRS that is connected with side door airbags that came on 1998 and later BMW E36s.

so he's gonna do it like this diagrahm and pull out the old cloth-covered cushions&headrest and replace it with the new leatherized cushions.

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Old 08-20-2005, 04:39 PM   #5
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He's right the brackets do not quite line up with the holders in my 1995 318i sedan.

The post 1997 seats came out a 1998 318i sedan and the lower brackets have an extra grove on the inside of one of the brakects for holding something to do with SRS that is connected with side door airbags that came on 1998 and later BMW E36s.

so he's gonna do it like this diagrahm and pull out the old cloth-covered cushions&headrest and replace it with the new leatherized cushions.

Good idea.. but if the seats come with brackets they should fit anyway though shouldnt thet? The mounting points in the chassis probably didnt change.

you have 666 posts delmarco quick post again!
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