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    I have just bought my first bmw- an '00 E46 330ci. I am finding the driver's seat very uncomfortable. Does anyone else find this and does anyone have any advice? I had no problems at all with my previous car, a Fiat Coupe.

    I have the sports seats, with no lumbar adjustment.

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    I have tried an E90 330i with the sport seats, not really anything special, neither are the ones in the E39 M5's. Whilst they are not too bad, they can cause fatigue and lack the same ergonomic qualities such as the Mercedes/Volvo seats.

    I have owned a few BMWs and we have a wide range of them in the family circles, never been comfortable in any of them particularly for long distance trips.
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    I've always found both E36's to have been really comfortable, maybe I've just not sat in a very comfy car.

    Changing the angle etc is always worth doing and driving with different angles to see whats comfiest.
     
     

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    how many miles does the car have on the clock? most low miles BMW i have been in are not very nice, when they get to around 100,000 they feel lovely
     
     

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    it's done 55k miles, though I have only just bought the car. The problem is that the lower section of the backrest seem to stick out too much, making my back bend the wrong way!
    I have taken the plastic moulding off the back of the seat today and have removed the springs that hold the cushion forward. I'll see if that makes any difference but to be honest I'm not really enjoying driving the car much at the moment.
     
     

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    does the seat not allow you to adjust the back of the seat? i think mine does....? failing that, whats the passanger seat like? swop them if you think it will make a difference?
     
     

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    Interesting OP. I have had back problems for a number of years as a result of writing a car off in my 20's. I have undergone quite a bit of physio over the past few years and an interesting comment was made to me by my physio back in 2001.

    'What car do you drive' she asked ?
    'BMW' I said
    'Sports Seats ?' she responded
    'Yes' I replied
    'I see a lot of people with this option, the standard seats are far better for your posture' she said.

    Being the sensible chap that I am, every BMW I have had since has had sports seats... I never learn.
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    Is the issue that you don't have enough lumbar support?

    In past E36 and E46s I kind of got around the issue by pitching the seat back a fair bit and pulling the seat a long way forward to compensate - the foot wells are quite deep so that worked.

    In the current car I am just in the process of getting lumbar support. After a lot of research on my options I purchased a standard manual seat (like I currently have) but with the electric lumbar support. I got it from ebay germany (lots more seats with lots more options) and cost me £139 but then another £100 for fully insured shipping. I've got someone in Bristol who will 'skin' the black velour cover off the new seat and replace with the grey leather cover from the original seat for £65 which is an excellent price.

    Just waiting to get a quote and co-ordinate with an auto-electrician who will run a 12v feed to the support function and wire my sat nav and road angel in while he's at it!

    I'll feedback how I find it. The electric lumbar support consists of a four-way switch at the side of the seat - you should be able to see a circular indent at the side of your seat where the control would go. It allows you to adjust the degree of inflation of two bags, one lower, one higher, in the lumber region of the seat.

    I did look into retro-fitting but the parts were £220 alone and BMW wanted £575 for fitting!

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    Right, thanks everyone.

    No, my car doesn't have lumbar support adjustment. I think this is because it's a 2001 model, and they only put lumbar support adjustment into the premium package the following year.

    The problem for me seems to be that there is too much lumbar support! It feels like there is something pushing my lower back forward, when it doesn't really want to be in that position. I have taken the back of the seat off and moved the metal bar (that holds the cushion forwards) backwards. I've removed the springs and held it in place (further back) with a couple of cable ties. I've only driven a few miles with it like this but it does seem to be much more comfortable. I'll have to see how it fares on a longer journey.

    Will keep you posted.

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    Well. Have just driven for 1 hour and it's certainly better!
     
     

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