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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-15-2005, 04:57 PM
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Rear headrest removal '05 325i touring

My wife just got a new 325 station wagon and I would like to know how to remove the rear seat headrests for better rearward visability. We do not carry rear seat passengers and if we do we will put them back in. Tried lifting them straight up, however that did not work. Took it to the dealer and asked them to remove the headest...they said fine, took the car to the back...came back 10 minutes later and said "it appears they do not come out.". I find this somewhat hard to belive as I don't think if you damage a headrest that you would have to replace the whole seat.

Anyone have any experince or sugestions on removing these. Thanks!!!
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:08 PM
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We usually just leave the center armrest/headrest down and that's a whole lot better when looking out the rear window.

Also keeps the two boys from hurting one another.

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Old 03-15-2005, 07:09 PM
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The center is obviously fixed so you need to fold the armrest down for that one. The side ones will come up, but thay're not removable. They're attached differently than the fronts, where the bars are fixed to the seat and the headrest moves up and down on it. You could always drive around with the seats folded down.
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:00 PM
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Tried both those sulotions and my wife is not in favor of either one. So basically what your saying is that if I some how ruin a headrest, I will have to replace the whole seat.
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:17 PM
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TIS says they need to be 'hit on the side from below' to remove, after pullling it up to the highest position. It'll leave 2 posts in the seat which then have to be twisted out.
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:43 PM
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Actually, for you touring owners... have any of you noticed anything odd about the appearance of the rear armrest when folded down... like, when viewing it from the side windows? Perhaps it's just the beige interior.
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:18 AM
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Didn't notice anything odd, although my older son has quite a struggle to get his seatbelt on with the arm rest down. The buckle flails about and is hard to snap in and partially hidden by said armrest.

I have the tannin red interior so, not sure. Hmm maybe because it's beige?

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