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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 Tue, Apr-18-2017, 10:58:58 PM   #11
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Drove daily in them for the last 6 years, including a 2,300 mile across the country trip in them..
I did SoCal to Pensacola by myself in a stock 01 M3. Worst trip of my life. NEVER again.
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I've done Vancouver BC to Los Angeles a few times in my M, enjoy every minute of it (except for any traffic leaving or entering the cities).
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I've done Vancouver BC to Los Angeles a few times in my M, enjoy every minute of it (except for any traffic leaving or entering the cities).
Mine has the lumbar support. They are rough. I think the ass cushin sits lower than it should, or the bolster doesn't go low enough.
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Someone has to have a solution to fix these or to somehow keep the air bag.. Otherwise at some point I'm just going to sell it.
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Mine has the lumbar support. They are rough. I think the ass cushin sits lower than it should, or the bolster doesn't go low enough.
Maybe you need new seats, if they are rough?

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Someone has to have a solution to fix these or to somehow keep the air bag.. Otherwise at some point I'm just going to sell it.
To keep the airbag? Huh?

I re-read your original post and am not exactly sure what you are saying is wrong with it. You are saying something is wrong with the bottom of the cushion? Is the padding worn out? What is the condition of your seats (wear-wise) and how many miles are on your car?

I know you said you have tried adjusting the lumbar support, but have you tried actually adjusting the seat angle/height? On the side of the seat with power seats are a number of buttons. They move in multiple directions. Is there a chance that you are only moving the adjustment buttons unidirectionally? Have you looked at the user manual?

Maybe someone else can chime in, but based on what you wrote, I am not sure what fix you are looking for. Other than the seat being "low and uncomfortable," I am not sure that I understand what you are referring to being wrong or how to help fix it.

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Recaro Pole Positions >

Stock seats I'm feeling the tingles after 45mins. Recaro I'm good for four hours plus.
Recaro anything from my experience. And proper ones, not those OEM versions.
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Great post Dr M3.

I am comfortable in the seats at 6'2", 275 bodybuilder and I wasn't even aware of all the adjustability. Good is going to be even better.

My entire family has all remarked on the comfort of the seats, but compared to a C5 maybe that is due to the elimination of pain...

I personally find my e46 M3 seats as comfortable as our E38, even on several hour drives.
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I switched to Recaro Sportster CS's, but comfort was the last reason not wanting stock seats. Never really found them not to be comfortable. Sorry.

FWIW, the Sportsters are the best looking seat and a nice blend of support and practicality. They come in many sports cars such as Audi RS4, Ford Focus RS and on and on. The biggest difference I notice with them is lateral support and feeling what the car does, but again, I would not say that they are more comfortable, but I supose that depends on the individual. I am just an inch or two taller than you, but quit a bit lighter and therefor more slender. Best thing is to try one out.

All that being said, I started to get serious back pain about 15 years ago, right when I switched from e36 to e46. Although I don't think it had anything to do with the car seats, at a certain point in life, chances are you are going to get back pain. And it often shows up while sitting. Maybe you need to address that and not the seats ;-)
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I switched to Recaro Sportster CS's, but comfort was the last reason not wanting stock seats. Never really found them not to be comfortable. Sorry.

FWIW, the Sportsters are the best looking seat and a nice blend of support and practicality. They come in many sports cars such as Audi RS4, Ford Focus RS and on and on. The biggest difference I notice with them is lateral support and feeling what the car does, but again, I would not say that they are more comfortable, but I supose that depends on the individual. I am just an inch or two taller than you, but quit a bit lighter and therefor more slender. Best thing is to try one out.

All that being said, I started to get serious back pain about 15 years ago, right when I switched from e36 to e46. Although I don't think it had anything to do with the car seats, at a certain point in life, chances are you are going to get back pain. And it often shows up while sitting. Maybe you need to address that and not the seats ;-)
I want some sporsters cs seats in alcantera. glad to hear they are great overall comfort and performance. seems like there hasn't been much negative about them. closer and closer to selling my powered seats with only 37k miles on them.


seems like every other post is a vote for and against with a different opinion. wish I was on the side of the comfort votes....
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Someone has to have a solution to fix these or to somehow keep the air bag.. Otherwise at some point I'm just going to sell it.
Installing aftermarket seats does not result in the loss of airbags. There are no airbags in the OE seats themselves. However, you would need a passenger occupancy sensor with aftermarket seats, or you will get the airbag light and passenger airbag will deploy in a collision, regardless of whether there is a passenger.
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