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Old 07-03-2010, 12:44 AM
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Question on E46 ///M3 seats into E53

Trying to retro fit on Pre-LCI 2001 4.4i

I read around the forums a little bit and wanted to come up with a few things about the seat retro-fits.

As some people said,(1) the E46 should be a direct swap? (M3 seats)
Keep in mind that my current seats are non-sport / no lumbar / not heated / electric.
So,(2) would it be possible to use seats from the E46 even though it may have the options i don't? (aka Will the seat still do its basic functions even though the new one has the extras)-in a wiring view, i don't expect the options to work.
(3) Would it be possible to make the lumbar work if the seats came with it?
(4) what would they compatability of E39 m5 seats be?

Reference Picture of what will go in to x5 (from Ebay) (front seats)
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:43 AM
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Easy plug and play. Mrbmwx5 put them in his e53. Pm him
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:31 AM
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i checked out his thread on it and he did E9x seats, im not sure it the installtion would be the same for my case. - http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...kend.html(orig thread)
So if the seat was heated and i didn't have the wiring for it, it would still retain its regular electric movement functions?
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:38 PM
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The e46 seats are direct swap for the seat rails and power plugs.You still need to wires the heated option as your car didn't came with that option,and the extra power lead for the lumbar .
BTW the E46 sport seats came from 4 doors model ( NON M3) will looks better and color match then those M3 seats.http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...ics-added.html
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Just what I was looking for. I have fully loaded E46 seats from an 04 M3 (heat, lumbar power, memory). Would this be a direct swap?

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Any pics of your setup?
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No not a direct swap the m3 seats have the seatbelt mounted to the bottom of the side pillar while the X5 seat belt mounts to the actual seat rail. You will need to swap the outermost seat bracket rail or use a 4dr sport seat form an e46.
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No not a direct swap the m3 seats have the seatbelt mounted to the bottom of the side pillar while the X5 seat belt mounts to the actual seat rail. You will need to swap the outermost seat bracket rail or use a 4dr sport seat form an e46.

Can these brackets be swapped between the two? To the best of your experiance, does all the wiring work?
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Can anyone confirm sport seats from an E46 sedan are plug and play? I came across a set for pretty cheap and have always wanted the sport seats.

If anyone has any updates on this please chime in, I searched and most of the threads are old and without clear info.

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Bumppp, anyone know? I wanna get them before they're gone..
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