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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Aug-05-2006, 12:22:33 AM   #21
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BTW- your pic of the connector saved me so much trouble when dealing with various wrecking yards!! I was able to just send them the pic and say "do you see these wires?" since most of them didn't have their seats cataloged as being heated or not. Thanks!!
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BTW- your pic of the connector saved me so much trouble when dealing with various wrecking yards!! I was able to just send them the pic and say "do you see these wires?" since most of them didn't have their seats cataloged as being heated or not. Thanks!!
im glad i was able to help out. but it still seems like a alot of work to get heated seats into an oem m3 seat. im going to try the same mod but in my csl seats. the csl seats come apart very easily and im sure i can retrofit that heating element in without cutting any stitching.
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Well, you'll have to cut them out of your OEM seats - I would *highly* suggest just grabbing an old E46 seat from a wrecking yard and using the elements from it. I'm sure your OE seats are pristine!!

When I pick up the passenger seat next week I'll post a pic of how they are sewn in so you can see what I'm talking about.

I think when I install them into my existing seats, I will probably use some fabric glue to hold them in place rather than trying to re-sew them.

Thanks again for all your help!
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Well, you'll have to cut them out of your OEM seats - I would *highly* suggest just grabbing an old E46 seat from a wrecking yard and using the elements from it. I'm sure your OE seats are pristine!!

When I pick up the passenger seat next week I'll post a pic of how they are sewn in so you can see what I'm talking about.

I think when I install them into my existing seats, I will probably use some fabric glue to hold them in place rather than trying to re-sew them.

Thanks again for all your help!
Did you ever end up doing this?
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Sorry, when I removed them from the second seat, I took the "easy route" and just sliced the seat apart rather than carefully pulling the leather off. Hence no good pics.
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Sorry, when I removed them from the second seat, I took the "easy route" and just sliced the seat apart rather than carefully pulling the leather off. Hence no good pics.
How did you get them into your existing seats?
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How did you get them into your existing seats?
Upholstery shop - I didn't want to take the risk of ruining my nice Nappa after I saw how many hog rings hold the leather in place. Without the proper tools and experience, it wasn't something I wanted to tackle on my nice seats!! I just asked my local dealer who they use to sub-out all their upholstery repairs (I doubt any dealer does this in-house, so for sure there is someone local to you).
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Upholstery shop - I didn't want to take the risk of ruining my nice Nappa after I saw how many hog rings hold the leather in place. Without the proper tools and experience, it wasn't something I wanted to tackle on my nice seats!! I just asked my local dealer who they use to sub-out all their upholstery repairs (I doubt any dealer does this in-house, so for sure there is someone local to you).
So how did it look when you got it back? Could you tell the seats had been taken apart? How much was it?
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So how did it look when you got it back? Could you tell the seats had been taken apart? How much was it?
Any news on this?
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I'd love to know how this turned out as well. I have been thinking of switching my seats out for some racing seats, but I am a wuss and I know I would miss the creature comforts. Being able to retrofit heat into a set of race seats (for the daily driving, not for while I am on the track) would definitely make this more tempting to do.
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