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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-30-2007, 02:31 PM
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My front seats creak a bit when going round corners. Does this mean my seats are worse for wear or can I just tighten some bolts?

If I need new ones, I'm tempted to replace with a set of black leather ones...
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:12 PM
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Mine do too. I don't have any loose bolts anywhere. Mine are making sounds like the leather rubbing against the frame or the cushion. I need to pull the drivers seat and replace the power recline gear that arrived from Bavauto this weekend. I'm going to try to locate the source of the noise and put some talcum power or lub on it. I'll let you know what I find.
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:52 PM
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Mine creak as well. I think it's just their age.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:25 PM
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Ditto......but only the passenger seat, when im sitting in it....LOL


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Old 08-31-2007, 11:45 AM
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same story.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:01 PM
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I think they all creak with age.

Not only the seats, but my bones.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:25 PM
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yup my ones do too.. is it just leather ones that creak or is it a mixture of styles?? Ps cant really blame age my cars only a 2000
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:34 PM
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I haven't go leather, but would like. 96,000 miles is enough to expect creaking, but would like to get rid of it if possible!
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Old 08-31-2007, 05:35 PM
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Doh there goes my theory of it only being leather...Iv checked mine as well and cant find any loose bolts or anything..At least mine only happens occasionally....Only gonna get worse I spose though..Im no-where near the 96k miles...
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:25 AM
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no leather here, but creakin. its not the rubbing pillar noise. my seat doesn't touch the pillar.
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:48 AM
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Mine do too. I don't have any loose bolts anywhere. Mine are making sounds like the leather rubbing against the frame or the cushion. I need to pull the drivers seat and replace the power recline gear that arrived from Bavauto this weekend. I'm going to try to locate the source of the noise and put some talcum power or lub on it. I'll let you know what I find.
Off Topic but I love your signature:

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Old 09-01-2007, 05:34 PM
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Off Topic but I love your signature:
[Elvis voice]Why thank you, thank you very much [/Elvis voice]

We really are a good bunch of blokes, friendly when we need to be and all, but when it comes down to it, destruction is what we are really known best for.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:35 PM
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Ok, the new power seat recline gear is installed and I can now adjust the seat-back angle, Woo hoo! Since I had to pull the drivers seat out of the car to install the new gear, I pulled the passenger seat out too and steam cleaned the carpets while the seats were out. (Much needed, as the previous owner must have been a total slob.) While the seats were out I cleaned the undersides, oiled or greased every joint that moves, reconditioned the leather, and a wonderful side benefit, no more creaks!

Pulling the seats really isn't that much of a task. I didn't even disconnect the battery, but I was careful to not put the keys in the ignition and try to turn on anything while the seats were out. They are a little heavy, 60 or 70 lbs, I'd guess, so you might want help getting them out. (Wasn't a problem at all with a convertible, but could be a pain in a coupe or sedan.) Once they are out of the car they are easy to move around, and cleaning them is a breeze. Sorry I don't have any pictures to share, our digital camera died and I haven't replaced it yet...
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:19 AM
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Old 09-02-2007, 05:43 AM
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Mine are leather and have seen 210,000 km, but are completely "sans-creak".

Though there's a $2 coin sitting in the top of one track, that I reckon I can't get out without removing the seat from the car. It's infuriating every time I'm scratching around for a few dollars and remember its existence.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:00 AM
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lol jason!
That would do your head in big time!
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:37 AM
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No creaks here ! ! !
Jason, about the coin issue !!! lol !!!

My stupid cousine had this old OLD Honda Civic, possibly 197?.
Anyways, both of the center A/C vents had nothing to cover them. So, open air ducts and whatever goes in wont come out !
How did his cell phone end up inside one of the vents I have no idea !!!
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:43 AM
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Thas how we found it man ! He kept on looking around for it and nothing !
Till we got another cell and called.
"Dude, Your A/C is ringing !" !!!

You should have seen the expression on his face !!! DO'H !!!!
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