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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 Sun, Sep-18-2016, 11:26:31 PM   #31
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Default The freaking seats

I can't wait to get new seats. After an hour or two my butt/lower back ache pretty bad and my head is restricted with a helmet on, though not nearly as bad as in my dad's e92. The side bolstering is ok but the seat back is far too wide imo (this is especially apparent when comparing to say a stock porsche seat). I have manual heated seats with no sunroof and I'm 6'5" (pretty skinny at 180 lbs).



Plus they look like garbage if worn out/not maintained. Recaro SPG XLs are in my future (pending sufficient funds)
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Default Re: The freaking seats

They are so uncomfortable I traded them out for E46 328 seats.
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Sock seats didn't bother me on the 7 hour drive home right after I purchased mine.
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Really uncomfortable, feel like I have no lower back support (manual seats).

Probably going to make the switch to Recaro Sportsters eventually.
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Old Mon, Sep-19-2016, 02:32:14 AM   #35
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My lower back tends to hurt after driving for a while. I drove 5 hours non-stop a few months ago but I had a small pillow on my lower back so i was fine.
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The seats are the worst thing of this car. What bug me is that there are so many ways you can adjust the seat and yet I still can't find a position that I feel comfortable.
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Default Re: The freaking seats

I find the stock seats very comfortable, but as stated for a tall guy they are a bit too high when you have a helmet on. Also they do not hold you in particularly well.

I went to a fixed bucket which fixed those problems, but boy do I miss the comfort of the OEM leather haha.
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Default Re: The freaking seats

My first test drive was in a loaded 6sp with electric seats and a sunroof. The whole experience left me disillusioned about the e46. I'm 6'1" and I could not find a good seating position, specifically I couldn't feel low enough. Also, the armrest didn't jibe with the shifter. Next I drove a slicktop smg with manual seats that felt a bit lower (myth?). The addl' headroom was a blessing and keeping my hands on the steering wheel as opposed to having to fight the armrest to shift all added up to a much better vantage and overall experience. I find the seats comfortable... now if only I could find a driver's seat where the bolster hasn't worn through. :/
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Aha! I have a slick top with manual seats swiss cars come bare lol . Maybe thats why I like mine
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I find the stock seats very comfortable, but as stated for a tall guy they are a bit too high when you have a helmet on. Also they do not hold you in particularly well.

I went to a fixed bucket which fixed those problems, but boy do I miss the comfort of the OEM leather haha.
Agree - I'm about 5'6" and I find the OEM seats comfortable, and they are heated. At my height and iwth the seat in the lowest position I hit the headliner/sunvisor with my helmet on (i have sunroof).

My taller friend that has to drive my car has to have the seat more reclined than he would like to fit.

I loved the E36 M3 vaders. They looked unique and cool however offered little to no support.
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