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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 03-24-2012, 06:35 PM
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Help... How to remove front manual seat outer side plastic cover

Hi guys can any one of you let me know how I can replace/remove the plastic cover on side of the seats? It's the cover where all manual controls are in bmw e39 525i 2002 saloon.

What I found so far is that there are 4 plastic clips and one screw in front. I did remove these but it's still not coming out and I m afraid to break it if I put more force. I am sure I'm missing something here. Can anyone of you please help me out here to remove this?

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There's a seat panel (& control module) removal/repair DIY around here somewhere...

You missed the screw in the rear upper corner hidden by the seat cushion. Angle the seat back all the way to the rear. Lay it down as far as it will go, and push the seat cushion corner to expose that screw....

When you get it all undone, you'll want to be sure to unplug the latched connector to the seat control module.

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Never mind my post, I didn't see the pic in yours for some reason. Different seats here in the US, with powered adjustment knobs.

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Old 03-25-2012, 02:52 AM
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Thanks pleiades for reply yes mine is with manual controls.

Anyone know how to get this plastic part out from seats?
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:05 AM
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I also need to replace mine as well, will be watching closely if you get answers
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:15 PM
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Although the forum members from Ireland and So Africa have manual seats...more than likely the 2 screws and 3 pins are probably in the same location that secures the seat cover to the seat frame. You can see the screw that's on the front side of the cover (#10) and one of the push pins (#9) in the diagram below (seen on the cover that is next to the tranny tunnel in the illustration below). The screw that is on top near where the seat belt comes thru the cover is the one that usually eludes those of us that have the electric seats & covers....that is probably the same screw that is hindering your attempt as well. As was stated above...lower the back of the seat a bit...so that you can see the area where the top & lower half of the seats come together...look for a screw in the area where the upper & lower halves of the seat come together & also were the seat belt comes up thru the top of the cover (see pics below).

http://bmwfans.info/parts/catalog/E3..._frame_covers/



(screw on front corner of plastic seat cover: images below are from Rhett's heated seat DIY from e38.org)


(screw on top/rear of the cover where the upper & lower seat halves meet & near where the seat belt comes thru the cover)
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