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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 08-29-2012, 06:33 PM
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Wow!!! that one was less complicated than mine. Mine was a PAIN ON THE A$$ to remove the motors that control the height and tilt of the seat. Mine is a 2002 525i. I uploaded a video on you tube so if this video helps anybody it'll serve its purpose..

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:35 PM
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Wow!!! that one was less complicated than mine. Mine was a PAIN ON THE A$$ to remove the motors that control the height and tilt of the seat. Mine is a 2002 525i. I uploaded a video on you tube so if this video helps anybody it'll serve its purpose..

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Old 01-04-2013, 05:52 PM
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Mein Auto: 2003 E39 2009 E60
My wifes parents gave her their old 2009 E60 (what horrible parents, huh?) and shes been pregnant for the last 6 months so ive been driving the E60 over my old E39.

Now that ive been spoiled with this thing - and as much as I have loved driving my E39 its time to sell it so that I can purchase a F10.

The biggest issues with the E39 is the seats - they both twist. Driver side seat recline twists on the left - while the passenger seats recline and tilt both twist.

I watched a video today about the wire snipping method - however they said that you are to feel the wire while you engage the motor and snip the one that doesn't vibrate. But they both vibrate.

I'd guess that I would snip the wire that effects the side that does not move - but I didnt want to do anything until I talked with some others who have performed the seat twist fix already.

BTW: If anyone is looking to sell a late model E60 M5 or an early model F10 M5 in the Southern California area let me know. Also it has to be black exterior - black interior and manual transmission (thats not asking for too much is it?)

Thanks,

SR
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:15 PM
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See also:
- How to identify seat twist & fix twisted seats (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:31 AM
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The e39 I just bought had seat twist on both side, the back recline and also the seat bottom height. I was able to fix both adjustments on both seats without removing anything, with just a razor blade and needlenose visegrips. Lucky me!
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