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Old 05-18-2011, 07:15 AM
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How to fold down rear seats

For an otherwise, mostly intelligent person, this is a difficult thread to start. But, how in the world do you fold down the rear seats on an F10. I do have the option paid for on the car, but spent 20 minutes with the car and the manual and couldn't figure out how to do it.

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:19 AM
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bfstucki, inside the trunk under the rear lip, two handles, one on each side you pull the handle which unlocks the seats, walk around to the rear and lower the seats. For the seat on the driver's side, you have to adjust shoulder/seat belt for the middle seat belt or it gets in the way of the passthru.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:21 AM
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Awesome, and thank you. You're the Bimmerfest member of the day.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:23 AM
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open the trunk
There is a black lever (one on the left side & one on the right side) on the top part of the trunk opening
Once found, then pull the lever and the lock mechanism will release and the back seat can be folded down

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Old 05-18-2011, 07:27 AM
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Awesome, and thank you. You're the Bimmerfest member of the day.
You're welcome and for the record, there are WAY more helpful Bimmerfest members on here than me. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:23 AM
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It seems cumbersome, but I "think" the reason they engineered it like this is to allow you to keep your trunk secured even if you valet the car. (If the seat back release was on the interior - which would seem more intuitive - any one with access to the interior would also have access to the trunk. Bit of a PITA this way, but arguably more secure.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:37 AM
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When I got my E60 three years ago, it took me about 7-8 minutes to figure this out, so don't feel bad.

I think quack is right; they do this for security. Otherwise, the valet key would be pointless. (I mean, it still kind of is...never having used a valet key ever.)

On my Audis, the seat release handle was on the seat in the cabin, but there were key cylinders on them that could be locked using the master.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:32 PM
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Quackbury is correct. Jonathan did my delivery at the PCD and that was his comments for the location of the seat release.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:57 PM
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It seems cumbersome, but I "think" the reason they engineered it like this is to allow you to keep your trunk secured even if you valet the car. (If the seat back release was on the interior - which would seem more intuitive - any one with access to the interior would also have access to the trunk. Bit of a PITA this way, but arguably more secure.
If I remember correctly the E39 had keyholes on the interior rear of the seatbacks near the rear deck (which I liked better) and was done away with and moved to the handles in the trunk from the E60 onward (probably cheaper to build this way)...
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