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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-05-2006, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey alll
Hope the long weekend was as great for motoring as it was for me!
Hoping that maybe someone can point me in the right direction for some new seats. I have black leather sport seats in my '86 e30 325e, but the seat back adjustment is busted to hell and the whole seat sits kind of wonkey(yes, wonkey) on the rails, it's actually a little crooked by a few degrees and makes it very uncomfortable for longer drives.
Any suggestions on a fix, or where I may be able to find a replacement OEM seat for my car?

Happy rippin'!
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I got a set of nice seats at the junkyard for 50 bucks. Nice as in fully funciontal , you can always get them reupholstered too.
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can buy new seats in pieces from different suppliers, but my reccomendation is the same as Joe's. Buy used, and get 'em redone.

Buying new is basically cost-prohibitive unless you are completely restoring and have plenty money.
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Ive seen some nice ones on ebay too.

Or you could just get some Sparco's.

Also look for a local (100 mi +-) BMW or german car dismantlers (road trip)
or specialists that have old parts lying around.
You have to search hard. I found some killer used BMW parts locally but it took me month to find some shopd that turned out to be right down the street. Ask around or check local chapter of BMWCAA

OR buy a parts car.

I have the sports seat too and some parts/adjustments dont work right either.
Bav auto has some replacement parts ie shock absorber like cartridge things.
I guess they go bad too.

Let me know if you figure it out.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm going to hit a couple wreckers and Manchester auto(they specialize in German parts cars here in town).
I have gone as far as calling the local BMW dealers...$1700 a seat...that Canadian, but still a helluva' lot of cash! Not to mention that they are NLA(No Longer Available) from BMW.
I have seen the parts on some websites, but I need to pull the thing apart to see what's actually going on inside(this weekends project I think). The seat back angle adjustment feels like it's jammed, and I'm not too sure why it's twisted on the rails.
I'll let you all know how it goes!
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