In Reply to: Re: Just replaced seat heater!!! Warm buns now..mo posted by Ben on November 20, 2000 at 21:58:44:
I just replace the seat heating element on my '92 535i yesterday. Feels good to have the warm buns. If anyone is interested let em know & I'll go through the steps I did.
Richard I have a 94 525 and need to replace the drives side seat heater. Been quoted a price of about $150 for the heater and about $200 to install it. Any info. would be appreciated.
Ben Freezing in Chicago!
Ben...I bought the heating element from Hendrick's BMW list $116 BMW CCA $96.11
P/N 64-11-8-391-234 heating element
I didn't time myself but must have taken at least 3-4 hrs. (my 1st time) At $60/hr...$200 sounds about right for someone that knows what their doing.
No, the leather was not hard to get off. I didn't take it completely off. The heating element & bottom 'pad' are sown together as a unit & are held to the foam cushion with 'hog hooks' on both sides at the 'front to back seams', as well as across the seat at the (3) seams. I removed the seat from the car, undid the leather around the base of the seat (all 4 sides). The cushion, with leather, will come off the frame at that point. I then moved it to my workbench to replace the heater. You don't actually replace the element as much as installing it over the old one. You pull the leather up on the left & right sides, cut a slot between each cross seam on both sides & side the elements through & across the seat over the old one.
Directions come with the element. If you’re not a little mechanically inclined, pay the $200.
I enjoy working on my Bimmer...My relief valve. Stress reliever, what ever. So the $200-$300 was not an issue. Although, that will pay for this months insurance payment.
Let me know if you venture into it & I'll give you all the help I can.
'92 535i 5 speed 87K (mine)
'95 740i 90k w/new block (hers)
'90 325i 5 speed 75k (sons & mine)
'96 Chevy Z71 mine too