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Old 07-25-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Non-sport seat to sport seat swap.

After being away from the e46 for a couple years I just picked up a 2001
325it. Unfortunatly it doesnt have sport seats. Is it direct plug and play from non-sport to sport seats? I was suprized to find out reasonable a set of sports can be had for.

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Old 07-29-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Has anyone done this swap?

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Old 07-29-2011, 03:35 PM   #3
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Here's a DIY if your swapping M3 or coupe sport seats to a sedan. All it really takes is swapping the rails. A couple boats. Looks really easy. I'm gonna be doing this soon aswell.

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Old 07-29-2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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I picked up a used set of sport seats and swapped them into my touring as well.

The originals were power seats as were the sport seats. Took about 10 minutes give or take to swap and were functioning as expected. Obviously if you were going from manual seats to power seats, that would be a bit more involved.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:46 AM   #5
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Thanks guys! I am looking forward to this upgrade. If anyone has sport seats in Gray/NH area let me know.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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gonna be selling your old seats?
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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I believe the seat belt pre tensioner is part of the seat, how can you tell if buying used that they still work and have not been in an accident, or do you swap out your old ones when going from non sport to sport seat?
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:57 PM   #8
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Have pondered this myself...do NOT like the "leatherette" seats...def want to upgrade to "real" seats...LOL! Can not find Black anywhere without them costing as much as the car though....
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:04 PM   #9
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I believe the seat belt pre tensioner is part of the seat, how can you tell if buying used that they still work and have not been in an accident, or do you swap out your old ones when going from non sport to sport seat?
you can just swap over the pre-tentioner to the other seat if you don't have one on the new seats
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:45 PM   #10
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thanks alex323ci!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:53 AM   #11
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How about e46 saloon..will facelift sport leather seats (heated,manual adjustment) fit for prefacelift saloon? Is the seat connector same,how about seat belt pretensioner?
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:49 AM   #12
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How about e46 saloon..will facelift sport leather seats (heated,manual adjustment) fit for prefacelift saloon? Is the seat connector same,how about seat belt pretensioner?
I have swapped the non sport seats in my 2001 e46 saloon to sport seats from a 2004 e46 saloon. Everything is bolt on.

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If you do an complete interior swap like i did make sure you get the exact same type of rearseat, an foldable rear seat will not fit a veichle with non foldable rear seat and vice versa.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:52 AM   #13
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Is it possible to go from non electric to electric seats?? Did the facelift change seats?
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Anyone know about compatibility for vert seats in a sedan?
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:19 PM   #15
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Re: Non-sport seat to sport seat swap.

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Looks good but i don't think its going to fit.

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I have the premium package and am thinking of getting sports seats but the ones i want have heated option. Will it still be plug n play? Or is the wiring different?
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:48 AM   #18
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it will still plug and play weather it has heated or not, if you have heated seats in your current set up and the new seats dont then you will not have heated seats, but the plugs will still work you just wont have the extra plug in the wiring harness that goes to nothing. I did this in my last e46 and the original seats were heated but the sport seats were not. the harness was a direct plug and play but the heated seat button just turned on then back off realizing that it didnt detect the heating element. its easier to go from power seats to manual then you dont have to worry about any wiring harness except the seat belt pre tensioner.
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have you seen seats for the convertible? not going to happen in a sedan
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