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  1. 2004 E46 320d - Rear Seat Conversion 
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    Hi

    Recently aquired a 2004 E46 Saloon (my 1st bimmer) and now realised the rear seats are the non folding variety.

    Is a conversion to folding possible and not too costly?

    Cheers

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    If they are non folding, that will mean you will have a steel plate behind them. Not worth touching imo as you may compromise the structure.
     
     

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    I had a 316SE 4 door e36 until not long ago and was also a bit miffed to find non folding seats. Definitely a limitation on the B&Q trips. I hate to say it, but as (insert name of previous poster here) said, It isn't worth the effort unless you really want to get involved in a large scale engineering excercise (it wasnt for mine anyway). Factor in the obvious need to tell your insurance if you do end up doing all this and it becomes a no brainer. Personally, I think you will find that like mine, it is something that won't be getting changed. You have to remember also that as well as the seats, you would need to be looking at latch/lock arrangements, and possibly even seatbelt issues?

    All that said, you did ask if it were possible, and in that respect we would all admit that it was possible, but not too costly? It's a BMW, it will cost you an arm and a leg just to ask someone to do it.
     
     

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    You would need to weld a centre piece in that the two seats clip into and weld supports either side too.

    I'm not too familiar with the E46 but I'm sure it's possible but what you need to weigh up is it really that big an issue to go ahead and carry out the work?

     
     

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    Thanks for the replies and advice, too much hassle for a feature that i would only use periodically. Just have to use the Mrs' A3 for the Ikea run!
     
     

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