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    How far does your driver seat go back??

    Since I have been spending a lot of time lately under my driver seat
    ref. my steering tilt problem

    I decided at the same time to check why my driver seat seemingly not goes back as far anymore as it used to (at least that what it seemed like lately) and no I have not been growing.....

    So I compared the driver and passenger seat positions and to my surprise the pass. seat goes back about an inch or 2 farther.

    IS THIS BY BMW DESIGN???

    I took some pics (at http://s207.ph--otobucket.com/albums/bb160/CMyachtie/E39stuff/Seat issue/) of the rails the seat moves on and sure enough there is some piece of steel capping the right rail at the back that IMHO would prevent the seat to move back all the way.

    Appreciate confirmation if this is normal or not.

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    Jan/1998 528i, 5 spd manual, black on black non DSP.>300Kkms(180Kmiles) non-Sport, lowered with KONI FSD & Eibach springs in 2008, added "Bad Road package Adapters" to front only Dec 2009.
    My previous rides worth mentioning:1970 GTO "The Judge",1985 325e M3lite, Euro BMW +
    1998 323Ti, in Munich, Germany on the autobahn for 1 yr
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    Remove the clips

    search forum for about 10 years back regarding posts on this issue

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    Thanks, will try that..........


    Jan/1998 528i, 5 spd manual, black on black non DSP.>300Kkms(180Kmiles) non-Sport, lowered with KONI FSD & Eibach springs in 2008, added "Bad Road package Adapters" to front only Dec 2009.
    My previous rides worth mentioning:1970 GTO "The Judge",1985 325e M3lite, Euro BMW +
    1998 323Ti, in Munich, Germany on the autobahn for 1 yr
    Now back in Halifax, Nova Scotia,via Ottawa Canada.


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    I don't know why BMW did this but I do remember(m

    reading complaints about this before and posts that said what TR mentioned about removing the clip. I checked mine yesterday and it's the same as yours.

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    Any neg. ramification when removing the clip??

    Hate to go and break something that is there for a reason that I am not aware of........


    Jan/1998 528i, 5 spd manual, black on black non DSP.>300Kkms(180Kmiles) non-Sport, lowered with KONI FSD & Eibach springs in 2008, added "Bad Road package Adapters" to front only Dec 2009.
    My previous rides worth mentioning:1970 GTO "The Judge",1985 325e M3lite, Euro BMW +
    1998 323Ti, in Munich, Germany on the autobahn for 1 yr
    Now back in Halifax, Nova Scotia,via Ottawa Canada.


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    Probably somthing to do with the airbag deployment

    deployment.

    Maybe its ineffective with the seat any further back?

    Andreas
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    Removed mine after I bought it 5 years ago

    I dont know why it's there but it makes the e39 drivers environment a little cramped. I have not noticed any ill happenings, nothing blew up, disabled, fell apart, or broke.

    Just pry that sucker off and throw it in the drawer.

    I am supposing it was there to limit seat movement to measure rear seat legroom, how about rear facing baby seats, or perhaps aliens more comfy back there in the back seat.

    Does anyone know the real answer or does it reall matter?

    Michael
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    Re: How far does your driver seat go back??

    Being a tall person, I removed the clips on both E39s years ago to give 1"-2" additional travel rearward. I have noticed no problems, but have greatly appreciated the extra front leg room.

    Jim in CO

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