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Old 08-31-2016, 09:14 PM
Rally1now Rally1now is offline
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I apologize for being off topic on this forum. I posted this on the 1 series form but no one is responding. There needs to be a general mechanical form that is not model specific. Anyway here goes.

I own a 2012 135i E-822/N55. it has the M-Sport package, which has what I believe are the sport seats. The seats are very good looking but they hurt my back. I mean really hurt. The lower back support feels like a large rock sticking in my back. If I adjust it another way it feels like a round steel rod going down the length of the seat top to bottom.

It feels like I am sitting on the seats instead of in them. I have had the car a year now and I have just put up with it because the rest of the car is so good. Now I am having terrible back pain, I am sure it is from those seats.

I have tried every adjustment there is on those seats and nothing makes it right, just a little less bad. I can hear the air coming out of the lower lumbar support but it doesn't go down enough. My wife has a 2013 Golf and the seats in it are fantastic. She hates the seats in my car. I am not a big guy, 5, 7 150lb. I feel this is set for someone over six foot, 180lb. I don't really need any extra support. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a fix besides trading for an Audi? I really like my car but for those lousy seats.

David

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Old 09-01-2016, 06:00 AM
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You wrote that the lumbar support is too hard. You could remove the cover on the seat and replace the lumbar support materiel with a softer material. With the cover off you can experiment with various materials and shapes.
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Old 09-01-2016, 06:54 AM
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I've heard lots of laments about BMWs...everything from the steering to the control stalks.

This is a first.

In my mind, if you're uncomfortable in a BMW seat, then you'll likely never be comfortable in ANY car. In my opinion, BMW makes the best seats.
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:02 AM
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I have "similar" seats in our 2013 X1 3.5 MSport ... they seem slightly more firm and a slightly 'smaller fit' than the multi-contour seats in our 2013 xDrive 535 BUT by no means "hard" with a lumbar issue. I suspect the OP hasn't managed to make the seat adjustments necessary to fit his/her physique OR might be better off shopping for vehicles that are more intended for comfort than secure seating. BTW I'm 5'11" / 185lbs - my wife is 5'10" / 135lbs and "older adults" so we are looking for seats that don't punish old bones and our BMWs meet that criteria perfectly!

And, I DO NOT RECOMMEND reconstructing the seats / padding etc!! That might compromise the built-in "safety features" engineered by BMW.

Good luck getting adjusted.
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:51 AM
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I have "similar" seats in our 2013 X1 3.5 MSport ... they seem slightly more firm and a slightly 'smaller fit' than the multi-contour seats in our 2013 xDrive 535 BUT by no means "hard" with a lumbar issue. I suspect the OP hasn't managed to make the seat adjustments necessary to fit his/her physique OR might be better off shopping for vehicles that are more intended for comfort than secure seating. BTW I'm 5'11" / 185lbs - my wife is 5'10" / 135lbs and "older adults" so we are looking for seats that don't punish old bones and our BMWs meet that criteria perfectly!

And, I DO NOT RECOMMEND reconstructing the seats / padding etc!! That might compromise the built-in "safety features" engineered by BMW.

Good luck getting adjusted.

Good points!
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