I realized yesterday that the passenger seat in my '98 318ti provides
more rearward travel than the driver's seat. I bought the car second
hand in February and the dealer told me it was a one-owner and the
owner was a woman. I am considerably taller than most women.
I looked at the seat rails on the driver side and I see two bolts
protruding up through the rails about two inches from the nut that
secures the rails at the rear. There are no such bolts on the
passenger side. They look to me to be there for the purpose of
limiting rearward travel by about two inches.
I'm not very adept and I'm not very adventurous, but I can't
imagine that removing the seat and its rails and unscrewing these
two bolts would cause any harm (They are screwed in from the underside
of the rails.). But then I usually fail to anticipate problems in
even simple jobs.
Comments or suggestions appreciated.
I have a 95 325i and the rails on both seats are exactly the same and
the seats move the same distance. I don't even remember holes in the
rails (I took the seats off myself but that was some time ago), you
shouldn't cause any problems by removing those bolts. Although it is
only an opinion and I do not know the full extent of the condition of
your seat. good luck though with whatever you do.
Thanks for the encouragement! All turned out well but I needed some
I removed the four nuts that held the seat rails but when I went to
lift out the seat, it woudn't move very far. I looked under and saw
this confusing array of wires and finally remembered the seat
is electrically heated. So rather than figure out all the connectors
I worked with the seat raised up only in back. The two bolts were
torx heads so I borrowed my neighbor and his torx drivers and
got them out that way. His reward was to drive the car for 45
minutes! He also said I have a warped rotor in the front. But that
is another story.
On 21 Aug 2005 19:36:10 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Here's a footnote.
I wouldn't normally call the BMW service people for free
advice but today I thought I would, after the fact. " What about those
two bolts I took out of the back of the seat track, " I asked. Short
answer: factory installed to prevent seat from sliding off track in
the event the latch fails. All for nothing. Seat ramps up and down.
When it is down, it is two inches further back than when it is
up. If the passenger seat is down and the driver seat isn't,
it looks as though the driver seat doesn't retract as far
as the passenger seat, but it is merely ramped up.
On 23 Aug 2005 10:27:24 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
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