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It seems we have similar cars (mine is a 2002 525i) with similar problems? My drivers seat height adjustment gears sound like one is stripped. Apparently you have made a repair on yours? The seat adjustment sounds terrible and the seat ends up twisted with one side higher than the other. Can you confirm that the replacement of any stripped gears is a job that a competent home mechanic can handle? Sounds like seat removal is required and there are issues around airbag deployment etc? Obviously a disconnected battery should save any problems there. Any pointers to replacing a stripped gear will be gratefully received!