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Old 07-28-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
DanInAustin
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Child Seat and Install in E46 Convertible

I recently bought a 2002 M3 convertible and am trying to figure out how to get a car seat in the back for my kiddo. Our daughter is 4 1/2, and we'd like to keep her in a forward facing 5-point latch seat for as long as she'll let us.

I've seen some people say that they used Recaro ProSport. I tried to install one this morning and failed utterly. It seemed like if the LATCH strap was another 2 inches longer I could have gotten it to fit, but as it was I couldn't get the connector, my hand, and the Recaro in a spot to snap it in. Tried the seat belt method, but the bottom of the Recaro seemed to move around a LOT - not sure if there's a trick to get the belt tight on there.

Plus, I couldn't find the friggin tether anchors. The manual seemed to say that it was underneath the top cover, but I have no idea how to get into that.

So, any suggestions for seats that will fit, or how to install them? Any YouTube videos out there?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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The tether anchor is under the top cover. You need to open the top part way to access it.

Not sure about getting the LATCH to install. Maybe try it with the top open so you can really put some weight on it?
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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Wow

Thanks ubiquity. So, part-way through putting the top up I release the button and run the straps under where the top cover goes, and there is a magical hidden anchor there. Then when the top is all the way up/down there are a couple of tether straps that disappear into the top cover?

Strange. That's what it sounded like from reading the manual, but I didn't believe it - thanks for confirming. But still strange. Maybe it's just some BMW mojo thinking that I haven't gotten used to yet. Crazy Germans.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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Yes- it should be just 1 strap though. It runs under the headrest. The tether point is only a couple of inches behind the headrest but is completely covered by the convertible top cover unless you open the top partially.

I have a Sunshinekids brand seat. It seems more compact than the Recaro that I have in the SUV.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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We have the ProSport. I have a tough time making the Latch system work so I just use the seat belt. Either the ProSport is too wide, or the rear seat too narrow... either way, not ideal.

The car seat doesn't move with the stock belt when it's all tight. Make sure you have the base of the ProSport flipped around to fit the contour of the seat.

And yes, it's a strange spot for the rear tether hook.
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