Power or manual? I have a tan power seat set (non-sport) from an '86 535i. I
had to hand-build my sport seat from 2 I pulled from an e30. If your leather
is in OK shape, it would transfer to another seat in a few hours. In Omaha,
Bill in Omaha
Power, but I'd probably take a manual one, except that my leather is
fragmentary and disintegrating. A fellow here has a set of tan seats in
excellent condition but I'd have to replace pretty much all of the leather
because there is very little on my existing seat worth salvaging.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
As a side note...
I did a LOT of research and fitting of seats across the line from some older
BMW seats. e23 will fit unmodified into e28. e30 needs a 2-inch bracket
front and rear on the door side of the seat (inboard mounts to floor). e32
and newer seats I believe have a hook on the forward end of the bracket and
bolt to the floor at the rear end. A hole could be drilled in the front end,
but I haven't measured the seat bracket width to the holes across the
models. I've seen a few modified and done well. Also, the seat and mount
bracket can be separated on the manual seats from e23, e28, e24 and crossed
to the passenger or driver seat and remounted. I did this, too. Power seats
are a PITA in this respect. I went manual in the 535i and lost about 70-80
pounds of electric motors and such. I noticed a difference in handling and
ride. Some local reupholsters in your area may be able to put together a new
cover using your old one as a template. Seats froma junkyard may be the best
bet cost-wise, but not time-wise.
Bill in Omaha
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