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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 04-20-2005, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My drivers seat likes to recline randomly! It did it today while I was on the highway doing like 80mph. It could have been disastrous had there been more traffic.

It sounds like the teeth are broken in the mechanism; it'll catch, but if you lean on it too much it'll flip back. Any way to repair the mechanism, or do I need to scrap the seat and get a new one?

My seats are in perfect shape, i'd hate to have to replace the whole seat for this.

1985 318i

P.S: I've tried googling for repair info, but no luck so far.
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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E30 seat are no big hassle to strip and you used to be able to buy the recliner mechanism separately. The seat cover can be a bit fiddly theyíre mainly clipped to the frame but are held to the cushions by rings of wire you have to cut these off, go to your nearest dealer and ask for hog rings (as many as you need with a few spares) they also do a pair of pliers to crimp these but not worth it for one seat. Itís been a long time since I built an E30 seat but if you get suck email me through the site and Iím sure itíll come back
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