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      03-13-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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Question Ride Height Issues, US lower cushion changed?

This might of already been discussed elsewhere, but I haven't seen it at least so please point me in the right direction if I'm missing it.

Before the hype about the M3 reaching US boarders started to fill up the forums there were some issues that european versions of the car had with ride height, and as an extension of this, the driving position. Since the US spec car has been out this issue seems to have completely dropped off the face of the forums. Does the different US lower seat cushion fix this issue? Does anyone know enough about the 2 different styles of seat to even tell if there is a height difference between the two?

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The elevation change available with the seats are insane. You can put your neck on the ceiling with how high the seat will raise. It is really wild.
You can also drop the seat down plenty far. I don't see how the ride height could even remotely be a problem.
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I agree. I notice no problem at all with the seat height. When you try looking over that hood bulge I cannot imagine you wanting it lower than its lowest setting. NO problem. Amazing options with seat manipulation.
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But where did the Europeans go?
As usual...

They retreated.
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The seat bottom side bolsters, are higher on the European seats.

Unless you sit on the seat bottom side bolsters, you won't notice a difference [between the two versions].
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But where did the Europeans go?
I think we are dominating the discussions with our new deliveries; they're just driving!
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So since the driving position is no longer an issue. Has anyone come to a conclusion over WHY BMW decided to change the seats for the US models? I can't imagine there would be US regulation over the design of a seat cushion.
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So since the driving position is no longer an issue. Has anyone come to a conclusion over WHY BMW decided to change the seats for the US models? I can't imagine there would be US regulation over the design of a seat cushion.
Good Marketing = More $

BMW M enthusiasts, are not an income majority for BMW AG.

Softer steering, softer leather, softer clutch... ad nauseam.

This is why I'm buying the Technology package [M-Drive].





Yes, the average US citizen that buys a BMW... has a wide butt.
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Yes, the average US citizen that buys a BMW... has a wide butt.
That's to keep the center of gravity low.
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The good news is, we can probably order the EU cushion. There is a tab at the front bottom, under the front in the center and you just pop it out.
does anyone have a pic of what the EU seat looks like?
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There all over the place. Go into the video/photo part of the site for M3s. They look great. I can't tell you.

Two things that piss me off. The FREAK speedo... the EU version is linear so there's no excuses (it was designed that way... blah blah blah) it was an after thought because a design idiot wasn't looking forward enough and when they started graphics for the US model they realized the numbers wouldn't fit... and the seat cushion blows ass...
The km/h scale does the trick of changing steps: 20km/h steps 'till 120, 30 km/h steps above.


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Any chance the Euro seat cushions make it onto the 2009 version?
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