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Old 02-12-2005, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I am new to this board and BMW's and I would appreicaite any help. I purchased a used 2000 328i in december and I love the car. the problem I am having is that after driving the car for more than a half hour my right butt cheek starts to ache and the longer i drive the car the more it aches. And if igo for an extened drive my right cheek will ache the rest of the day. I have tried almost every seat posiition I can think of. I even disassmbled both front seats and swapped drivers and passengers springs and padding and got the same exact pain in the butt. The car has leather seats with no heat and premium package. I have no physical problems that i know of and this problem started only when I got the car. I am not sure what to do next except maybe take the seat bottom out again and try to shape the padding with a carving knife to reduce the side bolsters? I would also be willing to take it to an upholstery shop and have the padding replaced with something better. Anyone had a similar problem or have any other suggestion i could try? Please, I love this car but I cant put up with this much longer.
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Old 02-13-2005, 01:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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sorry man, but it seems it is not the seat.

the problem is likely with your arse. i would see a decent neurologist..... used

often this is in the sciatic distribution, and can be fixed with particular types of exercise.

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Take your wallet out of your pants... Too much money in there
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Old 02-13-2005, 10:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello,
Yes it is a standard trans ,and no,I do not put my wallet in my back pocket just for that reason. Dr kulesza, I think you might have a point there I have had some back problems in the past but I haven't had any trouble in years. But how do I tell if its my back or the seat? I noticed yesterday that I started having muscle spasms in my right butt cheek after a 150 mile drive, is that indicative of a sciatic problem? Thanks for the help.
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listen: i do cancer. not neurology. so what i have to say can be complete bullshit.

what you are describing is a bit too constant to just be the seat. so, depending on who your primary physician is, i'd get them to refer you to a neurologist, who will take history, and have a look at your position in the car and so on.

then, IF you have a problem, at least someone competent wil advise you....

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listen: i do cancer. not neurology. so what i have to say can be complete bullshit.

what you are describing is a bit too constant to just be the seat. so, depending on who your primary physician is, i'd get them to refer you to a neurologist, who will take history, and have a look at your position in the car and so on.

then, IF you have a problem, at least someone competent wil advise you....

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Thanks peter, I wil look into that.
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you could try driving a different car for that length of time and see if the symptoms persist. if so, the problem would likely be you and not the car. the seats in my '00 328i are more comfortable than any other car i've driven.
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VTR1000 - I had a similar problem when I first got my E46. I think it is partially to do with the fact that the E46 steering column is off centre and also as a result of my right leg having nothing to rest on. In my old E30 and in my wife's Mercedes Benz it would rest on the door (right hand drive). After a couple of months teh specific muscles had built up and no more leg/arse ache.
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VTR1000 - I had a similar problem when I first got my E46. I think it is partially to do with the fact that the E46 steering column is off centre and also as a result of my right leg having nothing to rest on. In my old E30 and in my wife's Mercedes Benz it would rest on the door (right hand drive). After a couple of months teh specific muscles had built up and no more leg/arse ache.
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I noticed the same thing that you pointed out PMB, the steering wheel is a little off center and the transmission tunnel protrudes into the driver leg area, forcing your right leg to the left a little. I have driven my wifes Maxima a few times since buying my car and i noticed no pain while driving. I thought maybe the pain would go away after driving the car a while but I have driven it over 4000 miles already and still the same pain in the butt.
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I paid attention to this on my drive home last night and after around 15 minutes my leg started to ache just a little. On my way to work this morning there was no problem at all. Either way it is not as bad as it used to be.

I have had the car for 7 months and driven around 8000 miles.
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I finally found the problem! I took the seat BACK apart today, not the seat bottom. I found two bolts that hold the seat back to the hinge point were loose , they allowed the seat back frame to rotate, putting more weight on my right side! I tightened the bolts and put some lock tite on them and went for a ride and it was like a new seat and it also got rid of an annoying clunk in the seat. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
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Maybe I had better check mine. I don't have an annoying clunk though
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I finally found the problem! I took the seat BACK apart today, not the seat bottom. I found two bolts that hold the seat back to the hinge point were loose , they allowed the seat back frame to rotate, putting more weight on my right side! I tightened the bolts and put some lock tite on them and went for a ride and it was like a new seat and it also got rid of an annoying clunk in the seat. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
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Good work vtr1100, i'll check mine too know
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