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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-16-2011, 06:48 PM
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creaking drivers seat/replacing seat trim

A few months ago, I had a creaking drivers seat. I found the source was the front pivot points on the forward portion of the seat....there were some white nylon bushings that once given a shot of lube, became silent.

But a week ago, an even worse "creak" or cracking noise appeared whenever I got in or out of the car...very annoying. A careful examination showed some cracking of the left side plastic trim, that surrounds the various seat switches. (I found cracks on the top of the trim, and also in the center near the round "plug" on the side) You have to purchase the covers as a set...you get both "outside" covers for the driver and passenger seat for about $50 at the dealer. A shame, since the passenger side is fine, but a satisfying repair I completed this afternoon.

I used these online instructions:
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/483099

The only tough part was getting the center latch snapped back into the seat. This is the part that is pictured in the above instruction as the round "lumbar" switch. My sport seats don't have this, and instead has a plug, with a square boss that snaps into the seat frame....it was a struggle to get it to snap back in...took me about 45 minutes. You have to snap it in starting from the bottom, up and in...hard to describe until you attempt it.

Also, removing/installing the plastic push pin that is under the center of the seat is best accomplished from behind the seat....move it forward and angle the seat base up for more clearance. Move the seat only about 80% forward, rather than 100% will actually allow you to raise/tilt the seat up more.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:57 PM
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The only tough part was getting the center latch snapped back into the seat.
I had a rougher time than you getting the tabs all back in the right place to bolt back in with the Torx bolts; so I'm glad it was reasonably easy for you!
- Tips and suggestions for replacing destroyed E39 driver seat adjustment control panel

Other references:
- SEAT & STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER BREAK OFF: seat covers that don't protect the seat control switch handling both manual & automatic driver seat control (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & the related automatic steering wheel tilt (1) (2) (3)

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Old 07-16-2011, 07:18 PM
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Thanks for the info!! Now I see what the problem is in my 540.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:51 PM
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I had a rougher time than you getting the tabs all back in the right place to bolt back in with the Torx bolts; so I'm glad it was reasonably easy for you!
- Tips and suggestions for replacing destroyed E39 driver seat adjustment control panel

Other references:
- SEAT & STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER BREAK OFF: seat covers that don't protect the seat control switch handling both manual & automatic driver seat control (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & the related automatic steering wheel tilt (1) (2) (3)

I see a common thread on many of the projects (repairs) you tackle on your car...that you end up running into additional problems. Is it getting any better after all these years?
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