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Old 03-15-2015, 04:42 PM
Tessica Tessica is offline
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Question 2004 BMW X3 2.5i - Passenger Heated Seat refuses to function ...most of the time?

Hello everyone!

I'm new to this website and new to BMWs- I got my first one (and the first car I've purchased myself) in January. It's a 2004 BMW X3 2.5i with now about 70,000 miles on it.

When I got it, the heated front seats were a DREAM come true. So cozy and nice, especially since the leather has a tendency to be chillier than then cloth seats on my old Subaru. Unfortunately, after driving it from Texas back to Washington state, the passenger heated seat is very finicky.

Sometimes the light will come on if you press the button and flicker off in a few minutes, sometimes the light won't come on at all, and on a rare occasion, the light comes on and the heated seat works for about 15 minutes before we exit the car or it flickers off on it's own. The driver's heated seat continues to work just fine, for which I am very thankful!

We collected a large number of pretty rocks along our 3,000 mile drive home, and some of those rocks spilled underneath the passenger seat (and scratched up the back of the seat, which I feel guilty for!). Could they have knocked a wire loose? I did not see anything obviously amiss, but I'm not sure what to look for.

So my question is what should I do about it? Is this something I can fix myself without damaging the car? I'm pretty handy, with proper instructions. Do I need to take it to a BMW dealer? Is there any other car-fixing place that would do the job? How much will it cost to fix this? I'm a college kid, so price is an issue- if it's too expensive I don't think I can justify my heated seat over school textbooks, at least for now.

We're hoping to take a road trip to Canada for spring break, and I would LOVE to have it fixed before then, so I appreciate any advice you have to offer!
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:14 PM
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I've moved your thread to the X3 forum, you will get more help in here.

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:12 PM
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It's probably a bad connection under the seat or it could be a fault. The switch sensor can tell you the faults it has logged including shorts and opens using INPA and possibly a BMW C110, but I've not tested the latter.
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