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Seat Swap-different wiring/seat style

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by 190796, Sep 2, 2009.

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    I have a driver's seat with burned out motors and I bought a seat off of EBay which has more controls than the old one. The original seat had the multi-directional control for height, fore/aft, hearest height and tilt. The new one has those 2 controls plus a lumbar control and a round 4 way control I am unfamiliar with. What will I need to do to swap the new seat for the simpler original?
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    If the controls are ON the seat, look at the connectors and see if they are the same. Could be, if you plug it in, it might just work.
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    +1. I think the lumbar control can be retrofit anyway, so it ought to work.

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    The new seats should work as stated above. I swapped out standard seats from my E39 to sport seats from a 00 540i.
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    I believe the control module for the seat functions is in a box that's attached to the seat, so whatever seat you put in should work. This is how I remember it when I helped Chris do his swap.

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    Agreed...they are usually prewired for the extra features from my understanding.

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