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Beckster69
01-08-2011, 09:09 PM
I have seen many posts on this subject but did not see to much conclusion. The owners manual show a 2 round buttons for the head rest but for some reason those buttons are not in the USA deliveries. Picked up my car today. I love the car but confused on this feature. Some claim they called the dealer and then BMW USA but i have not seen any follow up. With out these buttons does the headrest manual adjust the width by pulling on it? My old 535 had a button on the headest.

2011 BMW 550xi with sport pkge

salamigs
01-08-2011, 09:14 PM
Your headrest adjustment is within the seat controls. Pull the seat back recline button up and down, and that should do it (unless my memory is failing me).

Beckster69
01-08-2011, 09:19 PM
That is for up and down not forward or backwards.

salamigs
01-08-2011, 09:42 PM
My mistake, I did not realize the direction you were asking. Good question then...

markl53
01-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Not sure, and I don't have the multi-contour seats, but I think those 2 buttons you are referring to are for the upper back bolster width control which US owners are saying are not included on US seats (backrest width, not headrest width). Many people say the 2 buttons shown in the manual are not found on their seats. Maybe the headrest controls are located elsewhere?

UPDATE: Looking in the manual just now, it appears that fore and aft positioning of the multi-contour head rests is the same as my standard ones, there is a button on the side of the rest. You just pull the headrest forward and use the button to release it to push backwards. Although, on another page, for "power" headrests, it says the distance to head is linked to the shoulder support adjustment control.

bfv
01-09-2011, 09:05 AM
Are headrests of any use? In most cars I have used, I could never get my head to rest on a headrest comfortably. Unfortunately, I don't have a fix for my head. Having said that, hopefully BMW's multi-contour seats have headrests that extends (I guess). Can someone post pics? V

markl53
01-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Are headrests of any use? In most cars I have used, I could never get my head to rest on a headrest comfortably. Unfortunately, I don't have a fix for my head. Having said that, hopefully BMW's multi-contour seats have headrests that extends (I guess). Can someone post pics?

I've never had "fancy" headrests. I've attached an image from the 5-series owners manual, don't have a real picture for you. I don't think I'd want a headrest that actually touches my head in my normal driving position, not sure what the big deal about these adjustable headrests is.

Rafa
01-09-2011, 09:23 AM
Are headrests of any use? In most cars I have used, I could never get my head to rest on a headrest comfortably. Unfortunately, I don't have a fix for my head. Having said that, hopefully BMW's multi-contour seats have headrests that extends (I guess). Can someone post pics? V

Comfort seats will allow you to rest your head on the headrest. Like you, I was never able to rest my head on headrests until I got the comfort seats in my current F10. It feels great! Finally!

markl53
01-09-2011, 09:30 AM
Comfort seats will allow you to rest your head on the headrest. Like you, I was never able to rest my head on headrests until I got the comfort seats in my current F10. It feels great! Finally!

Rafa, do you actually have your head on the headrest while driving?

Rafa
01-09-2011, 09:37 AM
Sometimes it is comfy. Not generally, though. When I do, it is because I bend forward the upper part of the seat, mostly. The head will be fractions of an inch from the headrest, and a slight backwards movement of the head will bring the head against the headrest. Call me quirky.

Gator550
01-09-2011, 10:39 AM
I'm with you Rafa. That is just how I have my seat set up. Driving along my head does not touch the seat, but i can just put my head back an inch and its there. And its a nice break from my normal driving position, especially on long drives. I figure it would also be good in the event i am hit from behind - probably far less whiplash effect than i would incur with "normal" seats.

Needsdecaf
01-09-2011, 01:19 PM
I'm with you Rafa. That is just how I have my seat set up. Driving along my head does not touch the seat, but i can just put my head back an inch and its there. And its a nice break from my normal driving position, especially on long drives. I figure it would also be good in the event i am hit from behind - probably far less whiplash effect than i would incur with "normal" seats.

Yes, and this is what the headrest is actually for.

My Volvo has fixed headrests. Most people, the first time they get in the car (myself included) want to adjust them back as they are VERY close to your head. But they are there for a reason...whiplash protection.

As was said above, you soon don't notice them and then just learn to lean back a bit when you want to give your neck a break.

BimmerUKF10
01-09-2011, 01:29 PM
I have seen many posts on this subject but did not see to much conclusion. The owners manual show a 2 round buttons for the head rest but for some reason those buttons are not in the USA deliveries. Picked up my car today. I love the car but confused on this feature. Some claim they called the dealer and then BMW USA but i have not seen any follow up. With out these buttons does the headrest manual adjust the width by pulling on it? My old 535 had a button on the headest.

2011 BMW 550xi with sport pkge

Out of interest does you car have seat ventilation?

Beckster69
01-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Nope just multiple contour.

Rafa
01-09-2011, 06:43 PM
Thank you Gator550 and Needsdecaf, for the info on whiplash protection. I did not think about that before, I guess I did not give it much thought, so it is good that you pointed that out.