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xi_ter 08-25-2010 05:53 PM

Replacement OEM Seat cover DIY for Seat bottom with pics
 
The OEM replacement cover comes complete with heated seat panel. The leatherette version cost about $260 at BavAuto. You will need to move 4 wire rods from the old cover.

The edge of the driver's seat bottom is a common wear point and also a look at the pulled out seat cover at the end of the job.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/photo-15.jpg

Steps:
1. Remove head rest and put aside.
2. Move seat to a high height position remove the 4 16 mm fasteners holding the seat. You will need to move the seat back and forth to gain access. I used this DIY to guide seat removal and switch disassembly:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=657042 (I will use a few pics that I found esp helpful)

3. Move the seats forward, one last time before you disconnect the battery, then disconnect it. Remove 2 torque screws at the back of the seat. Remove 16 mm bolt for the seatbelt anchor.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/photo-11.jpg

4. Tilt the seat back, pry yellow slide with slot screwdriver and undo the main power to the seats.
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...da/photo-8.jpg

5. Remove seat from car. Put a moving blanket over the door sill.

6. Cut zip tie holding the seat heater wire and undo the two harnesses. Pry a hold-down sleeve for the small one, and a wedge shaped lock to push the harness aside for the larger one.
Take a look at the new seat cover to get familiar with the wiring supplied and ignore this if you don't have heated seats.


7. There are 5 tabs of various sizes holding the control panel pry upward on all 5 at the same time (or use bits of cardboard to keep them from locking again)

Several tabs on the seat control panel:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...9&d=1237014519

1 under the curved section, 2 larger tabs as circled and 2 smaller tabs

You only need to pull the control panel away from the seat it is not necessary to disconnect.

8. Finally there is a base under the seat controls that is held to the seat by 4 torx screws. Remove these screws and pull this panel away.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...2&d=1237014519

9. Push away the U-shaped channel holding the seat cushion to the perimeter lip of the seat frame.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/photo-14.jpg

10. Once this is done all around the cushion, the back part will pull from under the seat back and the bottom cushion will pull out so you can do the hog ring removal at a bench.
Cut the hog rings and make sure all of these are thrown away - any traces of the metal can cut the new vinyl.
BMW requires you to recycle the wire rods. Push these through the sewn sleeve. You'll notice that there are no prepunched holes for the zip ties. I used my needle nosed pliers to poke a hole.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/photo-10.jpg

11. I positioned all my zipties into the foam cushion so I would be pulling outward.
Use needle nose pliers to cinch the wire rods into the cushion with the zipties. At the back there are 4 more holes in the cover that need to be ziptied. Work systematically so you don't cover up one of the zipties. Cut off excess as you work.
Near the back u-channel, there are 4 prepunched flaps that need to be ziptied to the cushion. I kept the hog ring as an anchor for 2. For the other 2 I pushed the ziptie through about an inch of foam to prevent pull through.

12. Pull the back flap under the seat back.
You then need to attach to the seat frame by folding the u-channel and reattaching the cover, all the way around the frame.

13. Reconnect electrical.
14. Screw base of panel back on and click tabs in place.
15. Put seat back. Reconnect main power and reattach belt anchor and 4 seat fasteners. Reconnect battery and test heated seats. Refasten seats.

The OEM replacement is worth the expense and effort. The vinyl is fresh and there is perfect color and grain match. Gives a factory look to the tear repair and also gives a new seat heating pad. Due to the battery disconnect , you get 3 ABS/ Brake lights that go away on driving. Note I did not do the seat back, only the bottom.

xi_ter 08-25-2010 06:12 PM

RealOEM.com pages for seat covers - gives a rough idea of cost

See seats group

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/m/f/22.png

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...84&hg=52&fg=10

iansanderson 08-25-2010 07:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xi_ter (Post 12167784)
The OEM replacement cover comes complete with heated seat panel. The leatherette version cost about $260 at BavAuto. You will need to move 4 wire rods from the old cover.

The edge of the driver's seat bottom is a common wear point and also a look at the pulled out seat cover at the end of the job.

hat go away on driving. Note I did not do the seat back, only the bottom.

nice write-up. You are correct that the OEM cover really is the best option. It fits, looks correct and should last a long time. I will need to replace mine in the near future as some stitching is coming apart. Hopefully the extended leg-zone won't be too much of a problem.

delmarco 08-25-2010 08:29 PM

$800 for each replacement cover... damn! That is almost $1600 per seat.

wow!

3 SEAT COVER LEATHER LIGHTGELB 2 09/2001 52108267614 $739.35


4 Cover backrest, leather BROMBEER 2 52107048432 $739.35

xi_ter 08-25-2010 08:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by delmarco (Post 12168353)
$800 for each replacement cover... damn! That is almost $1600 per seat.

wow!

3 SEAT COVER LEATHER LIGHTGELB 2 09/2001 52108267614 $739.35


4 Cover backrest, leather BROMBEER 2 52107048432 $739.35

:wowee: BMW Replacement Parts is not too kind to leather owners, even shift boots are nearly $100. There are a few sellers at eBay.de that pull off the seat covers as described in this DIY and sell all the leather covers for around $1000.
http://translate.google.com/translat...6r&sl=de&tl=en
My German is horrible so I use Google translate. Some sellers ship world wide.

delmarco 08-25-2010 09:18 PM

http://www.leatherseats.com/3Series_leather_kit.asp

John in VA 08-25-2010 09:57 PM

From Tischer BMW:
52108267614 List Price Core Price Your Price
SEAT COVER $603.00 $0.00 $482.40

52107048432 List Price Core Price Your Price
COVER-B.REST $658.00 $0.00 $526.40

delmarco 08-25-2010 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John in VA (Post 12168733)
From Tischer BMW:
52108267614 List Price Core Price Your Price
SEAT COVER $603.00 $0.00 $482.40

52107048432 List Price Core Price Your Price
COVER-B.REST $658.00 $0.00 $526.40

thanks.

xi_ter 09-07-2010 06:01 PM

After driving with the new covers a few days, it's pretty amazing how much the heated seat grid had degraded over time. The new bottom cushion now heats up very quickly and is more uniformly warm than the upper part that was not replaced.
There are good reasons that BMW incorporates the cover and the heating grid... if the vinyl is cracking, the heating grid is probably getting bad as well.

kap09 09-20-2010 09:15 PM

sorry to bump this old thread, but what description should i look for on realoem? i don't see leatherette as an option...

carsos 09-20-2010 09:38 PM

damnit. this makes me want to add another thing to my diy queue.

kap09 09-20-2010 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carsos (Post 12259194)
damnit. this makes me want to add another thing to my diy queue.

right? doing this and replacing my busted seat cover is at the top of my list as soon as i get the right part number and can place the order.

carsos 09-21-2010 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iansanderson (Post 12168159)
nice write-up. You are correct that the OEM cover really is the best option. It fits, looks correct and should last a long time. I will need to replace mine in the near future as some stitching is coming apart. Hopefully the extended leg-zone won't be too much of a problem.

if it's really just the stitching that's the problem, you can fix that easy. curved upholstery needles and some heavy duty thread, a couple bucks at a craft/fabric store.

http://imgur.com/2IUnt.jpg

xi_ter 09-23-2010 05:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kap09 (Post 12259113)
sorry to bump this old thread, but what description should i look for on realoem? i don't see leatherette as an option...

On realoem.com the leatherette is referred to as vinyl.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...84&hg=52&fg=10

dmax 12-17-2010 07:27 PM

Xi ter,

Missed checking up on this old thread...so looks like I'll be getting to this...

Do you happen to have an opinion or recollection about whether the seat covers for the bottoms in the front are symmetrical? I'm planning on just stealing the pass seat bottom with working heating grid to my seat.

Doug

xi_ter 01-07-2011 05:36 PM

^^ The seat bottoms are symmetrical. Your plan will work. ...Sorry last couple of weeks were busy.

dsblk93gt 01-11-2011 03:08 PM

I need to do this to my car, I have been looking for a whole seat with not much luck since it is a sport seat and tan with no power.

xi_ter 01-16-2011 08:08 PM

Power/ no power will have the same seat bottoms and backs. Will expand the possible sources.

aggieE46 04-07-2011 12:35 PM

Thanks for the thread. Going to do this soon.

beberle 10-26-2011 08:41 PM

It's only been a year, but the prices for these covers appears to be skyrocketing. ECS tuning has the same bottom cover for $359 right now and BMW of South Atlanta at $415. Supply shrinking & demand growing??
note: just bought the vinyl bottom at Tischer for $332. Ouch!


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