I own a 2002 E46 M3 convertible with 49000 miles, purchased new in March 2002. Recently I noticed that the lever on the front passenger seat that enables the backrest to tip forward for rear seat passenger entry had stopped working. I took it to my local dealer and after investigating, they stated that the problem is that the seat frame is broken and needs to be replaced. They quoted more than $3000 for this! I'm used to $15 quarts of oil and other high service expenses for the M3, but even by these standards spending $3000 just to get the front passenger seat to tip forward is ridiculous. On the other hand, when picking people up it's inconvenient to have to get out of the driver's seat just to let passengers get into the back. Is anyone else familiar with this problem and other remedies? Any use in talking to BMW NA given that the vehicle is out of warranty? It doesn't seem like a seat frame should break so easily given the car's age and mileage. Note that I had the same failure on my previous BMW (1997 E36 328i convertible) and while it was not cheap to fix, it was certain less than four figures. Thanks in advance for any advice.