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Jess10K 03-01-2010 10:39 PM

Ventilated Seats Please!
 
I am saving up and deciding between the Infiniti G37 and the BMW 328i(or whatever they will call it next year). Please BMW, please please please introduce an option for ventilated seats into the next-gen 328i convertible, sedan, and coupe. It will tip my decision in your favor. All people who live anywhere in the US that wants ventilated seats in the 328, please post here. Maybe BMW will listen. Otherwise, they won't get my 47000.

kunal_D 03-03-2010 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jess10K (Post 4982526)
I am saving up and deciding between the Infiniti G37 and the BMW 328i(or whatever they will call it next year). Please BMW, please please please introduce an option for ventilated seats into the next-gen 328i convertible, sedan, and coupe. It will tip my decision in your favor. All people who live anywhere in the US that wants ventilated seats in the 328, please post here. Maybe BMW will listen. Otherwise, they won't get my 47000.

If ventilated seats are what is going to tip your decision, then you aren't buying the BMW for the right reasons. The G37 is a nice car, but its no BMW when it comes to performance, handling, ride quality, and composure. If these things don't matter to you then buy the Infiniti

kontir 03-03-2010 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Jess10K (Post 4982526)
I am saving up and deciding between the Infiniti G37 and the BMW 328i(or whatever they will call it next year). Please BMW, please please please introduce an option for ventilated seats into the next-gen 328i convertible, sedan, and coupe. It will tip my decision in your favor. All people who live anywhere in the US that wants ventilated seats in the 328, please post here. Maybe BMW will listen. Otherwise, they won't get my 47000.

I think you are out of luck!

mybluesky 03-04-2010 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by kontir (Post 4988516)
I think you are out of luck!

+1 It's not happening.
Get the G37

kontir 03-04-2010 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by mybluesky (Post 4989696)
+1 It's not happening.
Get the G37

Y get the G37? Get the 3. What you need the ventilated seats for? Not a big difference at all.

mybluesky 03-04-2010 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by kontir (Post 4990385)
Y get the G37? Get the 3. What you need the ventilated seats for? Not a big difference at all.

Because he already said if BMW doesn't have ventilated seats they won't get his 47k meaning he's going to buy the G37. Not sure why OP wants ventilated seats so badly...

kontir 03-04-2010 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by mybluesky (Post 4991264)
Because he already said if BMW doesn't have ventilated seats they won't get his 47k meaning he's going to buy the G37. Not sure why OP wants ventilated seats so badly...

I understand that. I dont understand either why he wants ventilated seats so badly!

listerone 03-07-2010 04:13 PM

My Infiniti M had ventilated seats,the first time I had ever had that feature.Very,very welcome it was.I miss it terribly in my "d".

listerone 03-07-2010 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by kontir (Post 4991306)
I understand that. I dont understand either why he wants ventilated seats so badly!

Some of us have sweatier hindquarters than others.Perhaps you're one of the lucky ones.

335bhak 03-15-2010 01:15 PM

Ventalated seats will not make your G37 on par with a bimmer... sorry

alvaro1728 03-15-2010 05:36 PM

Hell Yeah!
 
Hell yes! I had them in my Lexus ES 350 and they cooled my butt and my back very nicely. Now when my daughter hugs me after coming home from a 35 minute commute, she gets grossed out by my sweaty back. :eek:

BMWnachverruckt 03-15-2010 08:30 PM

If the next generation of BMW 3 series has ventilated seats, I may not buy another one again...

MikeTerp 03-20-2010 11:49 AM

I hate threads like this.

kontir 03-21-2010 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeTerp (Post 5033186)
I hate threads like this.

Why? Probably the F30 will have ventilated seats because the new X3 comes with ventilated seats.

nealh 03-22-2010 05:40 PM

do any of you live in FL? In the summer the leather is stupid hot. I have a 650i with the "cooler" leather and tinted windows, the inside must get to 150 degrees.

I think ventilated seats should be an option on all models. I could not believe the 08 650i did not offer it.

I would love this option and personally I can decide on a M3 or 5 series becasue of this. I am not seeing the option yet on the 6 series:(

On the subject the HUD should be avail. on the 3 series as well. But I hear the dash size is the issue????

Weaselboy 03-23-2010 08:05 AM

+1 Vented seats would be a nice option for those of us that live in hotter climates.

cwsqbm 03-23-2010 03:15 PM

I'd love ventilated seats. It may have snowed a couple days ago, but the leather is hot in the summer - I hate the sweaty back. Of course, cloth seats would a nice other, but we've got some silly idea that luxury means having leather.

nealh 03-23-2010 03:28 PM

I would love cloth seats also

Marsden 04-06-2010 07:37 PM

Ventilated seats are good. Unless you live in Hudson Bay territory.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/t...ntilation.html

They are especially essential for convertibles.

That is all :p

mujjuman 04-09-2010 01:00 PM

what in the world are ventilated seats?

jusmills 04-17-2010 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by nealh (Post 5039537)
do any of you live in FL? In the summer the leather is stupid hot. I have a 650i with the "cooler" leather and tinted windows, the inside must get to 150 degrees.

I think ventilated seats should be an option on all models. I could not believe the 08 650i did not offer it.

I would love this option and personally I can decide on a M3 or 5 series becasue of this. I am not seeing the option yet on the 6 series:(

On the subject the HUD should be avail. on the 3 series as well. But I hear the dash size is the issue????

So true, even with sun visors/reflector, windows open, my seats and interior are at least 150 in the summer...ventilated seats should be an option, BMW owners getting SAS (sweaty a$$ syndrome) shouldn't be an option.

Z4luvr 04-17-2010 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by mujjuman (Post 5090612)
what in the world are ventilated seats?

They channel air conditioning through your seat leather. I drove an X5 with them and they worked pretty well on a hot day. I wanted them for my last 5er until I figured out how much they cost and that you must special order them. They were a priority one option on 5ers, but it cost over $3500 to get them (required special leather). Nissan offers them as a higher package at a very cheap price. I was considering a Maxima with a ventilated driver seat, but I needed the handling and the twins on my 5er more than the cool seat.

infiniti24 05-29-2010 10:24 PM

I personally really like the vented seats. I wish my m3 had them:(

energetik9 07-28-2010 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeTerp (Post 5033186)
I hate threads like this.

Yes, and the rest of us don't care. You get the 3 for the sport and performance. Get the Infinity for the ventilated seats, or the special knob, or the super special air gusts from the ventilation.

MrBonus 08-02-2010 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by energetik9 (Post 5357259)
Yes, and the rest of us don't care. You get the 3 for the sport and performance. Get the Infinity for the ventilated seats, or the special knob, or the super special air gusts from the ventilation.

I disagree completely. I bought the 335 for comfort and economy. If I want sport or performance, I'm looking to other brands (Or something from the M line), not a 3600 - 3800 pound sedan with a laggy throttle, a numb ride, and leather/heated seats/navigation. My 3-series is my first true luxury car and ventilated seats are a glaring omission on a $54,000 sedan, especially when my friend's IS350 comes with them in a cheaper car.

jakeil7 08-09-2010 01:05 PM

I had the vented seats on my '06 Infiniti M35x. A couple of things I noticed: first, the seat heater did not work as well (may have been a specific design issue though) and second, it felt *strange* when I used it :)

ramblinman 08-21-2010 06:50 AM

+1

bkmk5 08-23-2010 08:32 AM

The g37x has ventilated seats? That's news to me. I own both a 2008 335i and a 2010 G37x and anyone who says they buy a 3er for luxury and comfort are out of their mind.

Yes, the 335i sport seats are really comfortable but the ride in a sport is nothing you would be reminded of for a luxury ride. The interior is a bit bland by any standards. Hence the purchase of 'the' family 'sports' sedan for the sportiness of the car.

The G37x is a great value. Even better if it had ventilated seats, but I don't think the one I got has it. The interior surfaces are much softer, luxurious and soothing. (wifes car) it's still got plenty of pickup but by no means is it as stiff or as sporty as a BMW. 7 gears in the G37x is friggin annoying too. Who needs that many gears with a notchy automatic tranny?

To the OP, get a G and save your money. G>328 any day. Flame suit on.

MrBonus 08-23-2010 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by bkmk5 (Post 5415800)

Yes, the 335i sport seats are really comfortable but the ride in a sport is nothing you would be reminded of for a luxury ride. The interior is a bit bland by any standards. Hence the purchase of 'the' family 'sports' sedan for the sportiness of the car.

My previous cars are a 993, Mini JCW, and an Evo X. As far as I'm concerned, my sport pack 335d is the lap of luxury.

bkmk5 08-23-2010 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by MrBonus (Post 5415861)
My previous cars are a 993, Mini JCW, and an Evo X. As far as I'm concerned, my sport pack 335d is the lap of luxury.

From those cars I could definitely see why you consider it a luxury ride.

goodman 08-23-2010 10:26 PM

Do you guys with the sweaty backs have cars with black interiors by any chance?

Kilgore Trout 08-26-2010 04:35 PM

The Infiniti G series does not have ventilated seats. The M series does, however. Ventilated seats are liked heat seats - they're great when well done, but not a big deal when done poorly. I never thought I cared about seat heaters, for example, because the ones in my Acura never really got very warm. The toasty heaters in my E91 are great (not so much for cold days, but for those nights when my back is really tight from sitting at the computer too long).

In cars with good seat coolers, its a real nicety. And, it would probably be especially nice in the BMW seats, which seem to totally suck you in. I don't have sport seats, and I figured the open back without big side bolsters would help my back breath. But, those seats get hot and sweaty quick.

Ventilated seats and a backup camera are about the only gizmos they BMW doesn't have that I'd really like.

But, a deal breaker? Hardly. For the same $ than I forked out for a E91, I could have easily bought several vehicles that had those features.

János 08-26-2010 04:44 PM

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Originally Posted by listerone (Post 4997265)
My Infiniti M had ventilated seats,the first time I had ever had that feature.Very,very welcome it was.I miss it terribly in my "d".

+1

My last car had ventilated seats, and that is the one feature I probably miss most since getting my BMW (with light grey interior btw). Those seats were appreciated even though it never gets very hot/humid here.

I didn't always use the ventilation (since the fans could get noisy) but the biggest benefit was that the leather was perforated, which allowed the seats to "breathe".

Hmm... perforated leather would be a nice 'low-tech' option!

Killjoy 08-31-2010 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by MikeTerp (Post 5033186)
I hate threads like this.

+1

Every day that I wake up, I wish BMW still made a car like e30, where the craziest electronics that the car had consisted of the radio.

/rant

Evlengr 09-12-2010 01:52 AM

Where did you see that the new X3 will have ventilated seats?

Every time I think about getting the 335xi instead of the new X3 I hear great things like this.

Stop being such a bunch of elitist. You all want frikin better cupholders that have nothing to do with driving comfort, but heaven forbid someone brings up something that makes a cross country or long drive more comfortable. Sheesh

Mike Clark 11-10-2010 08:34 PM

I had a Lincoln LS with ventilated seats prior to getting my 3 with the sport seats. the vetilated seats were nice and a definite plus in Florida. My 3 seats are beige and don't seem to soak up the sun like a black or red seat. I've found they cool off as the car cools off and no sweaty backside. So I am not missing the ventilated seats that much. :The BMW sport seats are much more comfortable than the LS seats.

Mike Clark 11-10-2010 08:38 PM

The red seats in my Roadster are very hot! I don't drive it in Florida summer except at night or when it's overcast. Right now, we have beautiful Roadster weather in Florida. I drive the 3 in the summer heat. If I lived North of the Mason Dixon line, the reverse would be true. I would park the Roadster when the snow flies and get it back out in the Spring. I don't think ventilated seats would be of much use to folks in the North except for an occaisional hot day or week.

Mike Clark 11-10-2010 10:11 PM

I don't see ventilated seats as an option in the new X3. They are available in the new 5, 7, and X5. I never saw them as an option in the G37 either. They are available on the M35 and up. Since BMW is not offerring them as an option on the new X3 series, I doubt they will go there on the new 3. If you want a car the size of a 3 with ventilated seats, looks like I350, I250, CTS, is the only route for now.

mstrq 02-28-2011 08:16 AM

I think softer leather on the seats will be much more helpful than ventilated seats.

ProRail 03-07-2011 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout (Post 5424861)
The Infiniti G series does not have ventilated seats. The M series does, however. Ventilated seats are liked heat seats - they're great when well done, but not a big deal when done poorly. I never thought I cared about seat heaters, for example, because the ones in my Acura never really got very warm. The toasty heaters in my E91 are great (not so much for cold days, but for those nights when my back is really tight from sitting at the computer too long).

In cars with good seat coolers, its a real nicety. And, it would probably be especially nice in the BMW seats, which seem to totally suck you in. I don't have sport seats, and I figured the open back without big side bolsters would help my back breath. But, those seats get hot and sweaty quick.

Ventilated seats and a backup camera are about the only gizmos they BMW doesn't have that I'd really like.

But, a deal breaker? Hardly. For the same $ than I forked out for a E91, I could have easily bought several vehicles that had those features.

They both feel funny to me...but then I'm an old liberal.

mossman35 04-05-2011 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout (Post 5424861)
The Infiniti G series does not have ventilated seats. .

The G does have ventilated seats IF you get the special edition package. It is rare, but you can get it. That's the only way to get ventilated seats in a G. The special edition package also includes red seats only.


The G has a MUCH smoother ride than any 3 series I can tell you guys that. The 3 does handle better though.

brkf 04-05-2011 08:05 PM

Sigh... this is why the 3 just keeps getting bigger and less amusing to drive.

volsfan0911 06-07-2011 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by nealh (Post 5042639)
I would love cloth seats also

Had heated leather power seats on my 20004 Accord EX then traded for my current '10 GTI. MANUAL everything on them ( :cry: ) but I do love having cloth seats again. Leather was hot & sticky in the summer and VW actually makes some kick ass bun warmers (then again, they're electrical and from VW so they'll fail soon). The base sport seats for the US market are fine with me. And you must respect the retro plaid. $0.02 :bigpimp:

x5mr 06-21-2011 05:11 AM

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Originally Posted by mybluesky (Post 4991264)
Not sure why OP wants ventilated seats so badly...

Well the OP is in Phoenix. As someone in another hot climate (South Florida), I can definitely relate. I love my 335i, but during summer, even with the AC on full blast, the back of my shirt is a sweaty mess after a 30 minute commute. I've decided ventilated seats are a requirement for my next car as well, although I don't think I will go the Infiniti route. I'll most likely move up to the 5 series as I can use the additional space anyway.

FCBayernFTW 06-22-2011 03:02 AM

HUD is making it into the 3er, you 'enthusiasts' have an option, order a stripper 3er. You all are the minority. Most of us want all the cool daddy techno-gadgetry so we can tell the neighbors or strangers...

"I bet your car doesn't F-ing do that!"

Pssht, enthusiast....get a Porsche already.

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brkf 06-22-2011 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by jocamryn (Post 6146848)
HUD is making it into the 3er, you 'enthusiasts' have an option, order a stripper 3er. You all are the minority. Most of us want all the cool daddy techno-gadgetry so we can tell the neighbors or strangers...

"I bet your car doesn't F-ing do that!"

Pssht, enthusiast....get a Porsche already.

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Nobody is impressed by a BMW.

And Porsche's only sedan is a wee bit large. So when looking for a sport sedan with RWD that isn't massive the option is a BMW 3 series. That's where the options end as nobody else even bothers to make a decently sized RWD sport sedan with a manual. Nobody. Not Infiniti, not Lexus, not Mercedes. It's a market of one car and even that car is getting quite pudgy. forget about finding a compact RWD sedan like the e30 or e36. Sigh...

jaisonline 06-28-2011 09:44 AM

i also would welcome this option. i didn't have it on my BMW nor the current car but sure wish I did. Just this Sat, I drove to yet another wedding and my dress shirt was damp w/ sweat.

An option like this and heated seats are hit or miss. My father has both on his '08 Lexus E330 and never uses either. I seldom use the heated seat option but my wife loves it.

the only options i really care about in a car are...
- vent seats
- manual trans
- folding rear seats
- bluetooth phone capability.

BasicMarinWheels 08-01-2011 10:41 PM

Count me in
 
I want ventilated seats.

bimmerfrk 08-19-2011 01:38 PM

I guess none of you guys have ever had a really cute girl with a short skirt in your car on a really hot day. How do you think she will feel about ventilated seats and furthermore hot leather on skin produces much.... well you know! Ill let you all ponder that bit for a few minutes....:bigpimp:

Stop being so selfish think about your ladies....











;)

bmw_enthusiasm 08-20-2011 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by jess10k (Post 4982526)
i am saving up and deciding between the infiniti g37 and the bmw 328i(or whatever they will call it next year). Please bmw, please please please introduce an option for ventilated seats into the next-gen 328i convertible, sedan, and coupe. It will tip my decision in your favor. All people who live anywhere in the us that wants ventilated seats in the 328, please post here. Maybe bmw will listen. Otherwise, they won't get my 47000.

bmw please get those vent seats! I really like them too!

MikeTerp 08-20-2011 04:31 PM

I have nothing against the idea of ventilated seats, and can easily imagine many instances where I wish I had them in my E90 with black leather interior. That said, I bought a BMW to drive it, not a Lexus to "ride in it". My main worry is that BMW's of all classes seem to continue to get longer and heavier with each iteration. If the F30, even with a four banger as standard equipment, continues this trend to "whaleness", and ventilated seats contribute to it, then I am against it. Frankly, BMW is at the point after the F10 debacle, that they have to decide if they want to continue to be BMW or are now on their way to morphing into another Lexus. God forbid.

bmw_enthusiasm 08-20-2011 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeTerp (Post 6268341)
Frankly, BMW is at the point after the F10 debacle, that they have to decide if they want to continue to be BMW or are now on their way to morphing into another Lexus. God forbid.

Yup...I am with you 100% on that...
supposedly the new 1 and 2 series will address these issues..

commendatori 09-03-2011 07:32 PM

When your 335 coupe with black leather is a daily driver and you put 15k miles/year in the Miami heat, you too would wish every day for a cool ventilated seat when you are stuck in traffic on I95 for an hour.

When I pay $58k for car (all options except Cold Weather pkg), this is a major drawback. This car is PERFECT, except for this one, but major drawback. I'd gladly pay extra for this, and if you don't want to get it, don't.

This might be a lost cause, but is Anybody out there aware of any after market install for this?

FCBayernFTW 09-03-2011 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by bmw_enthusiasm (Post 6268635)
Yup...I am with you 100% on that...
supposedly the new 1 and 2 series will address these issues..

All this enthusiast talk about how frumpy the 3er has gotten....lol, Get the 1er FFS! BMW is going towards luxury, which is what the majority wants. The consolation is the 1er, but I have a feeling some enthusiasts are above getting a 1er. How could they not, the 3er has been steadily growing, and still enthusiasts overlook the 1er with the n54 and less weight than the 3er.... LOLing at the irony



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mstrq 10-15-2011 05:01 PM

Well. Now we know F30 will not be offered with ventilated seats. But I was hoping for softer and cushier leather on the seats. Just like the leather on M3 cars. Or that ivory leather on Z4. Sometimes I felt like I was sitting on a wood bench in my E93...

Funny thing. Ventilated seats and keyless go were standard on 07 Lexus ES350. And they were optional on 07 Benz S550. They are still optional on more expensive cars like F10, Cayenne, etc. Benz E350 is not even offered with ventilated seats.


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