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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
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Old Fri, Sep-18-2009, 06:42:53 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

i did a search but didnt really find a good, clear DIY for rear seat removal. anyone find something i missed?
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pull up on bottom cover and pull it out.

put down both back folding seats.
take out torx screw and little bracket.
remove seat backs by pulling up and then towards center of car.
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pull up on bottom cover and pull it out.

put down both back folding seats.
take out torx screw and little bracket.
remove seat backs by pulling up and then towards center of car.
sounds easy enough... thanks!
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It's too easy for a real DIY.

What is the weight savings? Must be around 40lbs. Those rear seatbacks are nice and heavy, which kills a lot of noise from the rear. Driving without the seatbacks is pretty cool, like a free exhaust mod. But it gets annoying after a few hours.
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Even folding down the seats and driving lets you know how much noise those suckers are blocking. There is just no insulation in the trunk, and several openings to free air on the bottom.

Removing the rear seats is super easy, just go do it. I did to install harness attachment points, then put my stock interior back in over it.
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if you need step by step diy, you can alway check with the ipod ice diy for coupe, it will show you how to pull the rear seat out.
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if you need step by step diy, you can alway check with the ipod ice diy for coupe, it will show you how to pull the rear seat out.
ya but it doesnt show the seat backs...
so from what i can tell by reading how multiple people describe the job, basically you:

1)yank the bottom seat out. up and then bend to clear sides

2) then you remove the drivers side bolster to get access to a hook or something?

3) just remove bracket of seat backs

does that sound right?
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2) then you remove the drivers side bolster to get access to a hook or something?
first remove the metal cover over the boltsters (push down into the center of the plastic pin with a small screw driver). then the sides of the metal covers attched to the window motors via a plastic round cover (just push those out with your finger tips)
the rear bolsters are held down by a top clip and a hook on the bottom. to remove the top clip correctly, you need to be in the trunk (take off the trunk liners so you can see them) and press either the top or the bottoms of the clip. the clip goes into a square hole so presssing either the top of bottom of the clip will release it.

other wise if you just pull, you'll bust the clip.
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Is that for a convertible?

For a coupe, after you remove the bottom bench you will find, right in the middle at the back edge just under the seatbacks, a metal clamp held with a Torx bolt. Loosen this and remove the top of the clamp. You will see that the rear seatbacks are hinged here, and can be pulled up then wiggled out of the side point.
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thread revival... somewhat related question

okay, so i have a busted rear folding seat "actuation unit" PN 52208240507 / 52208240508... or at least i think i do. i pull on the lever and nothing happens, so i'm assuming that the metal cord that connects the lever to the release snapped.

my question is, how do i drop the rear seat so that i can work on it, and once i do that, will it be hard to string the new one through? to me it seems like it should be pretty easy, but when i looked in the trunk, it doesn't seem very accessible. thoughts?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...31&hg=52&fg=30
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