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Old 07-17-2013, 04:17 PM
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Z3 - Seats rocking - where to get fixed? Bay Area

Hi,

I am new to this website. I do have a very 1998 BMW Z3. I really like it but I have my seats moving. I saw online that there is a bunch tutorials but I am not a DIY guy and I don't want to take the risk to do it myself to my beloved car.

I was wondering if you knew a place where I can get it fixed (I am living in San Francisco - Bay Area) and how much it would cost me?
It seems that using good Z3 Seat Bushings is the best way to fix it.

Thanks a lot !
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:29 PM
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my dad had this issue before bought the car from him and he had the dealer do one seat for $700. They replaced the seat.
i did it myself and it did for $45.00. And i have a spare set of bushings.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:34 PM
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Hi yellowjack,

Yep. That is exactly my issue. I don't want to spend $700 to get new seats but I don't think I am able to do it myself for $45.

That is why I am wondering if someone can do it for me or show me how to do it live for a cheaper price
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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Start driving around to see bmws in auto repair shops and go ask them. Show them the instructions, and don't for get to show the utube clip of someone changing their seat bushing. After that I think they would be more than help full to help you out. Be sure to tell them to remove the negative terminal of the battery so you don't get air bag waring lite.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:51 PM
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What you want are the Doug Whalen seat bushes; they sell for around $30-35.

You can try Performance Technic in Pleasanton to see if they'll do it for you. Should take three (3) hours or less to do both seats. That's how long it takes me, but I do a thorough cleaning of the interior and seats while they're out (leaving all the spare change in the console...).

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Old 07-18-2013, 03:50 AM
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Thanks Randy i didn't remember doug's bushing. i use them too they are great
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:37 AM
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I can help you this Sunday at pier-54 after about noon. I have some of my tools, but alas, no bushings or any way to fab any

Let me know
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:43 AM
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Hi Giznan,

Sorry for the late answer. Was gone for a couple of days during the week-end...

That would be great if you don't mind helping me. I just ordered the Seat Rail Bushing from Doug's Whalen website. Let me know if next Sunday would work for you ?

Thanks a lot !
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:25 PM
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I need to check my arrival times before I can say for sure.

If it isn't this Sunday, it might be a while. The following weekend
Is Crater CruiZe, and the next I go home for time off.

We might could work on it Saturday on Crater CruiZe. Would be other hands available to help, and its an excellent icebreaker.

Crater CruiZe info is in roadfly z3 forums. Basically Ashland,OR Saturday 8/3, for Crater Lake
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:16 PM
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Hi,

Thanks a lot for your offer. Let me know if it works for you on Sunday. Otherwise, I will just go to the place in Pleasanton. I will be gone the week-end of August 3rd - 4th and I really want to fix that asap. I have been meaning to do that for too long now...
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:11 AM
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Dealer, looks like I' ll have a few hours Sunday.

Bring your bushings and a sheet of sandpaper.

I should be landing the boat around 1130 or so, and I need a few hours in the evening to stock the groceries, so as close to noon as possible would be great.

This is at pier 54, I'll have to get the gate for you. I don't think there is a game Sunday.

My cell is four two five four two zero zero zero three six.

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Old 07-24-2013, 12:06 PM
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Hi David,

Sounds good. I will be there at noon. I will bring the bushings and a sheet of sandpaper.
I will text you on Saturday to confirm you that I got the bushings. I ordered it on Monday morning so I should get it on Friday.

Thanks a lot !

Alex
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:57 PM
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Now that's what I'm talking about.....

People helping people... Hope everything works out alright!

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(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:17 PM
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I felt like Otis Redding today. We got Alex's drivers seat fixed, and a couple other little things for him.

We were sitting on a dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away as we worked.

The SF Giants were playing just down the street, and occasionally the cloud roar could be heard.

It was nice meeting you, Alex. Hopefully you can get the other seat easily yourself.

Giznaz
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:01 PM
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Hi David,

Yep, it was a very relaxing time. After I left, I went to Lowes and got the tools that I needed to fix the passenger seat.
It took me a while, but I was able to do it by myself this evening!

Let me know when you around, and if you need any help for one of your project.

Alexandre
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