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Old 06-13-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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Electric seats BMW E46 (no, not what you are thinking)

Hello All,

I have a question regarding electric seats in my 328Ci.

Currently I have the electric seats including memory function installed from factory. So I have all the needed original wiring installed.

But.. here is my question: I want to change my factory electric seats for the BMW Alacantara sport seats. Now I found a complete alcantara interior in MINT condition, but this is a manual adjustable interior.

Does anyone know if it is possible to build the lower part (with the electric motors/buttons/rails) under the 'new' alcantara seats i've found? Is this a case of DIY, or do I need to go to the upholster?

Thank tou in advance.

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Old 06-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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Honestly, if you have sport seats already, it would be easier to have them reupholstered in alcantara than to transfer the mechanicals. And another benefit is that you can choose whatever any color of fabric you would like!
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Thanks for your quick reply.

Currently I don't have the sport seats, thats one of the main reasons for this swap.

And I am a OEM freak, so therefore I would like to have the original BMW Alcantara seats with the BMW quality.
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I was thinking that was the case. I'm an OEM freak as well but on the bright side, manual seats weigh FAR less.
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