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Old 11-08-2010, 08:46 AM
JeffVander JeffVander is offline
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Your cheapest solution is to go aftermarket. It's basically a flat square heating mat which tucks in under the foam and above the metal support frame of your seat bottom. BMW does not offer heated seats if you have a vinyl interior; only on leather or alcantara. Not sure why because Mercedes has been doing this for years. Alternatively, your other solution may be to find used X5 seats with the heating elements in it and strip them for your own seats. It's a lot of sweat equity but would give you OEM heated seats.
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